61 The electronic age has come to the rescue of your class correspondents again. A simple email along with a steady but under whelming flow of snail mail has generated enough copy to sustain us through two columns. As a result, we beg your patience. If your newsworthy input of family, career, travel and misadventures doesn’t appear in this column Joanna will happily include yours in the next submission.
First, from Arthur
Kroll who writes “I was recently appointed adjunct professor at the Baruch
School of Business and am teaching a course on deferred compensation.
I was also named Editor in Chief of the Journal of Retirement Planning.
Additionally, I am on the board of Student Advocacy, an organization that works
on behalf of children by using their expertise in law and education to advocate
the maximum level of education or services provided by the law. Last year
we serviced over 20,000 young children. Finally, in my philanthropic efforts I
am funding 7 doctors to find a cure for
Now, we have an interesting story that begins with a
question. Who are our oldest
classmates? Don’t wrack your
brains. James R. Nolan PhD '67,provides the answer (age 84). In response to our email
request, James responded “ My wife, Marta, and I are
hoping we will be able to make it to the 50th
James continues, “The thought
now occurs that we ‘owe’ the Class of 61 some biographical information.
Our undergrad status at Cornell was somewhat different. We
were married with three vibrant children, and unlike most of my fellow
undergrads, I was supporting my parents. After graduation, I stayed on
and earned a PhD in phylogenetic botany (I was older than the Chairman of my
Special Committee). My name is
listed in the ’61 yearbook, but no data or photo. At the 25th
I may not have set the world on fire with a fancy PhD, but
perhaps some of our shenanigans might now be of interest for Cornelian
posterity. I know we are the oldest members of Class '61. Possibly,
Marta might be the only one born, early 1920s, in a small village a stone's
Ken Blanchard, PhD'67, sent a note regarding life in the not-so-slow lane. “I have four jobs. First I am still writing. Two books come out this year called The One Minute Entrepreneur and Know Can Do: How to Put Your Knowledge into Action.
Secondly, I'm Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken
Blanchard Companies that I co-founded with my wife Margie (McKee) '62, MA '65. Her brother Tom
is President and CEO, and our son Scott
'88 and daughter Debbie are very
active. We have 300 folks with offices in
Thirdly, classmate Phil Hodges and I co-founded a Lead Like Jesus ministry. When I read the Bible for the first time I realized everything that I ever taught or wrote about, Jesus did with twelve inexperienced guys. We think He is the greatest leadership role model of all time.
Finally, I play a major leadership role at The
Ken Blanchard College of Business at
So, in short, “I’m ‘refiring,’ not ‘retiring’.”
And, on a personal note, our family year has been marked by
two major events, the marriages of our daughters. In October, Catherine married her Karl in a traditional