2006 Post-Reunion Report
The rain came, the skies were gray and the temperature descended. A note on our Reunion Headquarters door Saturday morning read, “Temperature 40 F – Feels like 37!” The enthusiasm and warmth of 262 classmates and spouses were more than a match for Mother Nature though and our spirits rose to the occasion. In all, 164 classmates attended surpassing last year’s 45th mark of 148 for the class of ’60. Our group was housed at the North Townhouses complete with air-conditioning, although this was never, in fact, verified!
A host of events and lectures were on the schedule with some
notable highlights. Friday Afternoon a
reception for Cornell contributors took place at the Statler School of Hotel
Our Class of ’61 picnic went off without a hitch in the Johnson Art Museum Tent despite challenging weather conditions. On cue, the Hangovers materialized at the end of the meal to regale us with their current a cappella selections. Their performance was terrific and confirmed by the applause of the group and the curtain calls. One also reflects on the energy of youth that we’d like to recapture ourselves. Following, we collectively trooped outside for the obligatory class picture. Miraculously the skies parted and the sun shone for a brief ten minutes, enough for a good picture before the gray skies descended for the remainder of the weekend.
Alice Cook House hosted our Saturday reception and dinner. I believe the slogan “bring enough shrimp and they will come” is appropriate. Following dinner we staggered onto buses to Bartels Hall and Cornelliana Night. The program was rich in nostalgia, recognition and great music. President-elect Skorton attended accompanied by his wife Robin Davisson.
The program concluded with the Men’s Choral Group led, on bended knee,
by our own Jon Greenleaf serenading her with “Good Night Little Girl, Goodnight” an old Cornell chestnut but a sincere and endearing welcome to her and to her new home on The Hill. After the Alma Mater and some moist eyes the group retreated to Reunion Headquarters for wicked ice cream sundaes for those with the courage and capacity.
Sunday morning broke gray, wet, and cold…again. Fortunately breakfast was in the adjacent tent and gratefully, the coffee was hot. Class President Marshall Frank presided over the business meeting recognizing the many members that contributed to our reunion success. Frank Cuzzi then proposed a slate of officers for the next five years for the Class of ’61. The nominated candidates were unanimously approved as follows:
President: Marshall Frank
Treasurer: Walt Cottrell
Exec. VP, Contacts: David Kessler
Exec. VP – The Desert: Dick Tatlow
Exec. VP – Cornell Fund: Bill Eaton
Vice Presidents: Peter Greenberg
Web Master: Larry Wheeler
Additionally, many new Class Advisors have been appointed. In the interest of space they are too many to be cited here. A complete listing will be provided on the Class Stationary in the next Class Letter circulated to all classmates. [A complete listing is also available on the Class Officers page of this website.]
The Class of 1961, under the leadership of Bill Eaton, contributed $10,552,150 this reunion year with a total participation of 53% and 564 donors. The class has done a terrific job and our hats are off to Bill for his outstanding performance.
moments come to mind of events and people occurring throughout reunion. First, the Longest Distance Traveled to
Cornell Award almost certainly belongs to Larry and Rose Bortles. They journeyed from the