55th Reunion Update-June 2017

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JUNE 8-11, 2017
Still Not too Late to Register


Our 55th Reunion weekend is turning into something truly exciting as we add even more unique class activities – many of them geared to art and artists. Below is a sampling of highlights of events that you can expect to enjoy during this very special weekend as well as additional information on registration and housing.

Following this information is a list of classmates and significant others who already have registered to attend.


Meeting, greeting, eating and learning will be an active part of our reunion. Over the three days of the reunion we will have the following receptions/dinners:

Thursday: Welcome Reception and Informal Dinner at Alice Cook House.

Friday: Reception, Dinner and Dancing will be at the spacious Alice Cook House featuring The Backtalk Band for your listening and dancing pleasure. Following Dinner there will be a Class Meeting to elect 2017-2022 Class Officers.

Saturday: Reception in the Sibley Dome and Dinner at the spectacular Milstein Hall, the home of Architecture, Art and Planning.

Breakfast will be served Friday-Sunday mornings in the Alice Cook House dining room.

Continuing our reunion tradition of presenting excellent Cornell faculty speaking about their work, their roles at Cornell and other topes that are timely and relevant to our Class, we are very proud to announce our Class of 1962 Reunion Symposium speaker, Dr. Stephanie Wiles, Director of Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art. Dr. Wiles has titled her talk “Engineering, Chemistry, Soil Science & More — Unexpected Links to the Johnson Museum.” Her presentation (Friday) will describe some of the trailblazing partnerships, initiatives and outreach efforts that the Johnson Museum is making toward broad and diverse components of the Cornell community to encourage student and faculty involvement with the Johnson Museum. Dr. Wiles will also talk about the different perspectives that art brings to education, and new ways for faculty to engage students using the resources of the Johnson Museum of Art.

Class Artists Exhibit (Friday, Saturday), featuring artwork by 15 classmates, will include paintings in different mediums, a small sculpture, a quilt and perhaps other items. The Exhibit will also be viewed as part of Saturday night’s festivities.

Class of 1962 Photography Collection at the Johnson Museum (Thursday-Sunday). Since our last reunion, the Class has added a number of outstanding images by acclaimed American photographers to this exceptional and singular collection. Don’t miss the chance to see it on view in its entirety this weekend.

“Books as Messages,” a lecture/discussion (Thursday) presented by Johanna Drucker, one of nation’s experts on the art of the book, will immediately be followed by Artists’ Books: An Exhibition Reception of fine printing, artists’ books, and other rare editions drawn from Cornell’s collections. The exhibition will include many volumes of fine press and artists’ book donated to the University by classmate Helen Anbinder and husband Paul ’60 that have greatly enhanced the collections of both the Library and the Johnson Museum of Art.

Another very special event will be a Refiring Reunion Workshop (Saturday) conducted by classmate Margie Blanchard and her husband Ken ‘61. To Margie and Ken, “Refiring” is a process where the primary focus is not on career advancement, financial gain, or specific types of achievements. Rather, it is about healthy living; warm and significant relationships; continued learning and cognitive growth; vitality and meaningful involvement; and the development of a personal sense of spirituality.

Classmate John Neuman will lead a discussion (Friday) of “Priorities and Considerations in Choosing the Best Retirement Community” and will provide an outline of the Kendal of Ithaca Retirement Community.

Of course, we will have the Class Photo and plenty of time for networking.

Campus Bus Tours will be available for our Class on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Importantly, there will also be University-wide events featuring the University President, the Glee Club, special lectures and the famous beer tents with live music on the Arts Quad.

These materials have been sent out and are also available on line at the Cornell Reunion Website:. Your prompt response will enable you to take advantage of Early-Bird Pricing. Also, you will have an opportunity to request groupings for rooming assignments. And, you can specify your dietary requirements. Everything possible will be done to make this Reunion experience special for you.

Our headquarters will be in Alice Cook House, one of the new lower West campus dorms. Alice Cook is “air cooled” using Lake Cayuga as a cooling source. Alice Cook has many positive features, e.g. a good-sized dining room. Alice Cook was not designed for reunions. Consequently, most of the rooms are singles. We will work to maximize everyone’s comfort within the physical constraints of the facility. For those who would prefer to stay off-campus, there are rooms available in a number of hotels and inns, ranging from the Super 8 near Wegmans as a low-budget location to the Marriott Courtyard at the higher-end. If you are interested in off-campus housing, you should reserve right away as these rooms go quickly. Check this link for the University block of rooms and other available locations: Cornell Reunion Hotels Website:

As always, there will also be University-wide events featuring the University President, the Glee Club, special lectures and the famous beer tents with live music on the Arts Quad.

55th Reunion Committee:
Neil Schilke, Frank Quirk, Char Collister, Evelyn Eskin, Don Juran, Nancy Clark, John Lowrie, and Alex Vollmer.

Classmates Planning to Attend (as of June 3)


John Abel
Ada Kerachsky Albright
Priscilla Snow AlgavaMartin Silverman '61
Richard AltherRay Repp
Helen Rabinowitz AnbinderPaul Anbinder '60
Steve AshleyJanice Ashley
Lauren Ballinger
Terry Beal
Kelly Behan
Margie BlanchardKen Blanchard '61
Ruth Zimmerman BleylerPete Bleyler
Cathryn VanBuren BombergerPete Bomberger '61
Richard Bornstein
Alice Brown
Gary Caplan
Bing CarlsonMarcy Carlson
Nancy Williams ClarkTom Clark '63
William CogshallJanet Littlefield
Charlotte Jones CollisterMike Collister '59
Fred Davis
Mike DuesingJoanie Duesing
Evelyn Spieske DufurBill Dufur
Mike Eisgrau
Vic Ericson
Evelyn EskinDavid Major '61
Judy Evans
Marshall FrankRosanna Frank
Stephen Garrell
Marc Gerber
Rick GershengornRita Gershengorn
Marcia Greenbaum
Phil Handler
Fred HartBetsy Hart
Myra Maloney HartKent Hewitt ' 59
Dave HillJudith Hill
Jonathan HinebachLiz Hinebach
Nancy Simon HodinMartin Hodin '61
Warren IckeNancy Icke '63
Don JuranCarol Juran
Jay KasinCindy Kasin
Alison Kyle KerrDonald Kerr '61
Virginia Carrieri Kohlman
Robert Leitch
Randy Little
Jack LooseLibby Loose
Byron McCalmonCatherine McCalmon '64
Nancy Schlegel MeinigPeter Meinig '61
Jim MooreJoan Moore
Barbara Morrill
John Neuman
Carolyn Chauncey Neuman '64
David Nisbet
Peggy Berquist PalmerChuck Palmer
Frank QuirkBetty Quirk
Judith Prenske RichBruce Rich '60
Linda Goldfarb RobertsMichael Roberts '61
Nona Okun Rowat
Peter Rowat
Robert RudkoNancy Rudko
William RustayMary Ann Rustay
Dave Ryan
Neil SchilkeRo Schilke
Barbara SchmeidPaul Schmeid
Eugene SchoeberleinBette Ann Schoeberlein
Hal SielingPam Daniels
George SlocumPriscilla Slocum
Michael Smith
Elizabeth SpickaWarren Spicka
Stan StagerLeigh Chance & Matthew Butler
Alex Steinbergh
Robert Stern
Barbara Garson Stern
Houston StokesDiana Stokes
Joseph StregackMarlene Stregack
Mary Van VleckDave Davis
Alex VollmerJeanie Johnson '60
Barbara Byrd WeckerLane Brandenburg
Bob WoodJune Wood
Marion Jenel Zinman
Martin Zinman