The accomplishments of the Class of 1962 will stand through the ages. We will be remembered as Cornellians who loved this University and unstintingly gave of ourselves professionally, personally, and financially wherever and whenever needed. We represent all that is good and meaningful and fabulous in a Cornell class! That is our legacy. And we’re proud of it.
As a Class, we are notable for our financial generosity to the University, repeatedly supporting the Class Gift Fund and Cornell, including the Cornell Annual Fund, in both public and private formats. Distinctly separate entities – the Class Gift Fund (CGF) is operated by the Class, the Cornell Annual Fund (CAF) is under the auspices of the University – they do overlap in many areas.
The Class Gift Fund is comprised of contributions solicited as a separate check-off when paying Class dues. Since its inception in 1978, CGF has been used to underwrite small projects in several categories – the arts, athletics, education, environment, and scholarship. Over time, additional specified gifts from classmates have significantly enhanced these special Class projects.
As of June 2014, the Class Gift Fund has provided almost $109,700 for the Hoy Field Baseball Scoreboard, Class of 1962 Photography Fund at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series, Honor with Books, planting of trees on campus, grants to the Lab of Ornithology, and the Frank and Rosa Rhodes Class of 1962 Tradition Fellowships.
Individual support of Cornell has been impressive, indeed. As of June 2014, total overall support to the University from members of our class has reached $149,873,884. In 1987, as part of our 25th Reunion Campaign, the Class raised over $5.5 million from 738 classmates. At the time, it represented a new Cornell and national record for the most money ever raised by a single class. In 1997, we set a Cornell 35th Reunion Campaign record for dollars raised with $17,493,607, which still stands at Cornell.
Additionally, classmates also have made a number of major gifts, both private and public. Public gifts include the funding of buildings, classrooms, auditoriums, and learning centers. Private gifts have included sponsorship/endowments of professorships, scholarships, art works and collections at the Johnson Museum of Art and the Cornell libraries. Twenty-three members of the Class have established scholarships; nine members of the class have established program or position endowments.
We can indeed be proud of this legacy. We may be approaching our 55th, but we’re not done yet. We thank you one and all.