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50-year Reunion totals:  273 classmates, 483 attendees, $18.5M giving

Cornell Class of 1962

This Cornell Connect page will be updated shortly as we begin planning for our 55th Reunion.

Links for 50th Reunion

Our newsletter for the 50th Reunion

Newsletter: Reunion in the Rear View

Classmate Photos of Class Activities

We have established a Flickr account for access to most class photos.  To access the Flickr photos, click on this link.  No sign-in or password is required.  The photos are arranged in sets, with a set title indicating the event or day included. Click on the image representing any set, and you will see all the thumbnails in the set.   Click on a thumbnail, and you'll see the image in larger format.   If the link this paragraph doesn't work, try copying the following into the URL line in your browser:

Cornell Website Reunion Coverage 

Cornell's Chronicle OnLine covered Reunion with a group of stories available via this link.   The coverage includes separate storties on the major all-alumni events and a 96-image slide show.  

Professional Photos Available for Viewing and Purchase

Our class engaged Ithaca photographer Jon Reis for the Friday night dinner and dance.  He documented the official presentations, and photos can be seen on his site via this link.  Here is caption info for the photos on the linked site.

Frame 1:  Our class campaign totals, including 481 donors and $18.5 million raised.

Frames 2 through 5:  President Skorton, class president Alex Vollmer, and campaign co-chair Myra Maloney Hart  during the $18.5 million check presentation.

Frame 6:  President Skorton and his spouse Prof. Robin Davisson examine our 50th Anniversary Class Yearbook.

Frame 7:  (Image below) Alex Vollmer recognizes Jan McClayton Crites for 50 years of service as class correspondent for Cornell Alumni Magazine.  (And Jan is continuing for another five!)

Frame 8:  Alex Vollmer recognizes Judith Prenske Rich for her work on the 50th Anniversary Yearbook.

Frame 9 through 11: Alex Vollmer recognizes Ruth Bleyler for her 15 years of service as reunion chair.  

Frame 12:  Class campaign chairs Fred Hart and Myra Maloney Hart hold the campaign check, flanked by Alex Vollmer and President Skorton.

The Reis site also includes 91 photos made at the photobooth he operated at Bartels during the dinner.  Those pictures can be seen via this link.  A larger version of any image can be seen by clicking on it, and prints or digital downloads from all images are available via the Reis site.  

Video of Major Events

Several of the major Reunion events were captured on video, and some of them are available on YouTube via this link, or copy the following into your browser:  

Your webmaster is continuing to seek reunion photos and other information.  Classmates wishing to see  their pictures on this website are invited to email them to me, at

We Followed a Full Schedule in Ithaca

Our 50-year reunion is history and nearly 300 classmates (plus 200 guests) left the Cornell campus Sunday with warm memories and renewed friendships.  The weather was generally fine, but the threat of mid-day lightning caused an early-morning decisions to move our Saturday class picnic from the Plantations Arboretum to Bartels Hall.  

The video by Phil '62 and Maddy '65 Handler, featuring interviews with nine of our classmates, debuted before about 300 at the start of reunion.  The video was followed by an audience-participation panel moderated by Harry Edwards. Both video and discussion drew enthusiastic responses, and plans are being developed to make both available via DVD.  More about that as plans coalesce.

Jane Brody joined Profs. Brian Wansink and Karl Pillemer for our class symposium, which focused on extending life in a fulsome manner.  There was no video or recording from the symposium, but you can find out about the work of all three via their websites:

For Jane Brody:

For Brian Wansink:, or

For Karl Pillemer:   

The class witnessed a major leadership turnover on Saturday night as Alex Vollmer stepped down after ten years as president.  He was succeeded by Ruth Bleyler, who just completed 15 years as reunion chair.  The complete officers list for 2012-17 is as follows:

  • President:  Ruth Bleyler
  • Membership/Outreach Chair:  Mike Duesing
  • Secretary:  Sandy Van Velzer
  • Cornell Annual Fund Representative:  Ruthie Fortkamp
  • Class Correspondent:  Jan Crites
  • Treasurer:  Marc Gerber
  • Reunion Chair:  Neil Schilke
  • Reunion Co-Chairs:  Frank Quirk, Evelyn Eskin, Char Collister, Don Juran
  • Newsletter Editor:  Mike Eisgrau
  • Class Historian:  Judy Rich
  • Immediate Past President:  Alex Vollmer
  • Webmaster: Jeff Blumenthal 

The text of President David Skorton's State of the University address is available at:

Regardless of whether you attended, you can find out who did via the following link:

Have You Examined

Our 50th Anniversary Yearbook?

Our 50-year Reunion Yearbook (aka the History Project)  was distributed via CD to all classmates in the mail package with the reunion registration material. The Yearbook is 408 pages in full-color containing not only classmates' bios, but also the history of the class including reunion photos, stories, and reminiscences; responses to the questionnaire, and documentation of class leadership and of our remarkable legacy of giving and service to the university. On the CD, you will be able to read the Yearbook in two formats – as a flip-book that allows you to read the pages as they turn like the pages of a book and/or as a PDF document. The book is also available in full-color, hard-cover print format for $70 via Barnes and Noble or Amazon.  Here are the links for ordering a print copy:

An Artful View of Life at Cornell

A beautiful visual tribute to Cornell was produced as a parting gift to their University by two seniors, Alex Silver and Jon Tai. Silver took and edited the photos. Click here to  link to the piece, which is less than five minutes long. The photos have plenty of resolution to be displayed in full-screen mode.  Watch it!

Class Council Meeting, January 2011

A dozen members of the’62 class council discussed 50-year reunion planning during a meeting held on January 29 in Washington, DC, during the Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference. Mike Duesing reported that the class has 446 dues-payers among 1,279 living degree-holders.

Frank Quirk reported that primary taping has been completed for the video being produced by Phil and Maddy ’65 Handler. The video will include interviews with Jane Brody, Char Collister, Jan Crites, Mike Duesing, Harry Edwards, Sam Fleming, Clark Halstead, Alex Steinbergh, George Telesh and perhaps one more woman classmate. It’s scheduled for its premiere showing late Thursday afternoon, the first day of reunion.

Judy Rich and Peter Slater are also making progress with the class history project. Their target is this June for delivering a 350-page manuscript to the professional who will format it for distribution in CD format during Spring 2012, in advance of Reunion.

Mike Eisgrau is preparing a Spring 2011 issue of the class newsletter, and class officers will be on campus during Reunion ’11 and reunion chair Ruth Bleyler will attend planning weekend in September to finalize the major arrangements for venues and schedules. The class has already reserved the services of the well-liked Backtalk band for our gala Friday-night event.

Class council members assembled for a photo during the their meeting in Washington. They are (front row, left to right): John Lowrie, Nancy Clark, Ruth Bleyler, Katie Kaufman, Don Juran; (back row) Alan Flaherty, Fred Hart, Mike Duesing, Alex Vollmer, John Neuman, Frank Quirk, Bob Wood.

Looking-in on Campus Places

Classmates wishing to see some real-time activity at Cornell can do so via a number of webcams spotted around the campus. Most of them allow remote viewers to aim the camera aim for a brief period to focus on points of particular interest. The most-viewed camera is mounted high on Barnes Hall, from which it can show the Library Tower and Ho Plaza (which is the current name for the area we knew as Central Avenue in front of Willard Straight Hall.) The link to that camera is below, and that page contains links to other cameras on campus. The Statler camera offers several views within its 360-degree rotation, and another camera on Tjaden Hall (Franklin when we were on campus) shows construction activity associated with the new Milstein Hall, home-to-be of the architects.

Our 45-year Reunion Remembered

 We gathered in Ithaca in 2007 to meet a new Cornell president and to see old friends.  We also found the usual level of campus construction.  Here are some images from that reunion.

Duffield Hall  was the site of our arrival buffet dinner on Thursday.

President David Skorton and spouse Prof. Robin Davisson joined us Thursday evening.  They are shown here with  Alex Vollmer and Ruth and Pete Bleyler.  

The class headquarters in the North Campus townhouses was rarely quiet.  Here's how it appeared late Thursday evening.   

One major reunion highpoint was Friday morning's talk by Prof. Emeritus Walter LaFeber, history, who arrived at Cornell around the same time we did.  Alex Vollmer introduced him, and he treated us to a nuanced view of  how Cornell and the world have evolved since then.

No notes required by the insightful professor. 

 LaFeber spoke in Baker 200, where many of us heard Sienko and Plane lecture in freshman chemistry.  

 Has there ever been when all major Cornell roads and bridges have been operating concurrently?  The major construction outage during our 2007 reunion was the Triphammer Bridge over Fall Creek.  

Before lunch Saturday, we visited the Johnson Museum, where the exhibits included pieces from the Japanese lacquer collection of classmate Helen Rabinowitz Anbinder and spouse Paul '60.    

We assembled slowly after lunch Saturday for our class picture.  To see  a high-resolution version of the final picture, click here

On Saturday night, we gathered for dinner at Bethe House, part of the new West Campus residential complex, consisting of five houses accommodating a total of about 1,700 upperclass undergrads.  They replace the University Halls complex, of which the men among us were early occupants.  

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