Tuesday, 01 December 2015
Vet Professor F. H. Fox Dies at 92
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Monday, 16 March 2015


It’s the end of an era. For some two decades, anyone who wanted to know how old Francis H. Fox, DVM ’45, was just had to go to Route 366 outside Varna and look up. The beloved professor and inveterate prankster—notoriously grouchy about his birthday—was celebrated each year by members of the third-year Vet class, who painted his age on a disused railroad trestle. He passed away on March 13, just two days after his ninety-second birthday.

A professor emeritus of large animal medicine, Fox taught on campus from 1947 to 1992, but remained a legendary figure long after his retirement. “Francis was an iconic Cornell veterinarian, a leader in the profession, and a teacher who touched the lives of countless faculty, students, staff, and clients,” says Michael Kotlikoff, dean of the Vet college. “His medical expertise, diagnostic skills, and understanding of animals helped generations of local farmers maintain healthy, productive livestock. He passed those qualities on to Cornell veterinary students, to the benefit of farm animals well beyond our region.”

Fox is survived by his wife of sixty-eight years, Mildred Fox; four children, including Laurinda Fox Garcia ’77 and Henry Fox ’91; and seven grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Dr. Francis H. Fox Scholarship Fund, College of Veterinary Medicine, Box 39, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-6401. Fox's official obituary is available here.

CAM's Sesquicentennial Issue Now Online Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 March 2015

Who's the greatest athlete in Big Red history?

Can you pass a nineteenth-century entrance exam?

Which prominent alumni, living or dead, would Ezra invite to an imaginary dinner party?

What do today's students consider to be the most important thing they've learned so far?

How many sunny days does Ithaca get each year, really?

We answer all those questions and much more—including how some famous Cornellian chefs would reimagine the Hot Truck PMP—in CAM's special issue celebrating the University's 150th birthday.

You can read it in hard copy (for subscription information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ); on our website; in the digital edition; and via apps for Apple and Android devices.

Please enjoy... and let us know what you think!



Ithaca Cold Snap is No Joke (Until It Is) Print E-mail
Monday, 23 February 2015


If you haven’t been to Ithaca in a while—well, now is not the time to visit.

As the Ithaca Voice reported this week, the city is experiencing its second-coldest month on record, with an average temperature of 11.7 Fahrenheit. If the overall monthly average ultimately works out to below 11.3, the record set in February 1979, it will go down as the coldest ever—and more frigid temperatures are on the way. (We’d keep our fingers crossed… but they may freeze solid.)

Last week, the Ithaca-Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau made a joke (seen above) about the meteorological misery that went so viral that it crashed its website: it turned its homepage into an act of surrender, complete with the suggestion that tourists might want to head to Key West instead. The jape prompted a light-hearted war of words between Ithaca and that sun-dappled city, in the form of dueling essays between the Voice and the Florida Keys Keynoter. “To make the distinction with precision: South Florida is where you go to die,” wrote Voice founder Jeff Stein ’13. “Upstate New York is where you go to live.”

Professor Emeritus L. Pearce Williams Dies at 87 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 February 2015


Cornellians are mourning the passing of L. Pearce Williams ’48, PhD ’52, a legendary professor who left his mark on generations of students. Williams, who taught on the Hill from 1960 until his retirement in 1994, died in Ithaca on February 8 at age eighty-seven. “A tall and imposing figure,” notes his official obituary, “he reveled in the teaching of both the history of science and the history of Western civilization, and enjoyed giving his presentation, ‘The Notorious Note-Taking Lecture,’ to students entering the University.”

As one former student—CAM Assistant Editor Shelley Stuart ’91, who took his Intro to Western Civilization course [HIST 151] as a senior— recalls: “He was a formidable instructor who challenged all of us to write better, and think deeper. HIST 151 was just as much about learning how to write grammar as it was about the history of Western civilization. I rediscovered a love of wordsmithing under Professor Williams’s red pen.”

Williams is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Sylvia Alessandrini Williams ’49, four children (David Williams ’75, PhD ’94, Alison Williams Lewin ’78, PhD ’91, Adam Williams ’82, BS ’84, and Sarah Williams Bonnefoi ’87), and nine grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for later in the year.

As Williams’s obituary observes: “He often expressed his opinions on various issues to the Ithaca Journal and the Cornell Daily Sun, gaining him a certain local notoriety, or fame, depending on one's point of view. Pearce's more physical activities included hunting with his beloved Weimeraners, gaining a black belt in karate, playing touch football games with his colleagues and students on Sundays, and wood chopping, a benefit of which was his hours spent by his fireside.”

Verizon Gives $50 Million for Exec Ed Center at CU Tech Print E-mail
Monday, 02 February 2015


Telecom giant Verizon has donated $50 million to create an executive education center at Cornell Tech. The structure—which an announcement described as “a gathering space for the tech community and a place for leveraging the campus’s impact on technology beyond its degree programs”—will be part of the first phase of the Roosevelt Island campus. Construction began in January; some buildings will open in summer 2017, with the executive ed center completed later, the University says.

“Our donation to Cornell Tech is an investment in the future and fits perfectly with our mission to use communications technologies to solve big challenges and make people’s lives better,” says Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam ’76. “The Verizon Executive Education Center will be a magnet for developers, entrepreneurs, educators, and innovators across all industries, building on the great talent and creativity we already have in the tech sector here in New York City.”

The first phase of Cornell Tech will also include an academic building, a corporate co-location center, and a residence for faculty, staff, and students. The campus is ultimately planned to comprise twelve acres, with capacity for 2,000 students.

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