61 Last September, Joanna McCully and I sent out a broadcast e-mail to classmates requesting input for this column.  You responded in a manner that reflects, again, the interest and enthusiasm of our class.   That’s the good news.  The bad news is that we cannot include all of your input in this one column.  In fact, Joanna and I will be able to cover our next several submissions so please be patient.


My last contact with Joanna was a note shortly before she was embarking on a new adventure. “An old flame, Class of ’60, saw my name when he read our column.  He remembered that we had dated almost 50 years ago and sent me an e-mail. After many more e-mails, we plan to cruise on his sailboat from Norfolk to the Bahamas and possibly on to the British Virgin Islands, leaving in late October.”  The rest of the story I leave in Joanna’s capable hands.


I had a lengthy chat with my close friend and ex-roommate David Shanks.  David and Cynthia have moved from Marion, MA to Big Canoe, GA, north of Atlanta.  All the usual reasons apply, closer to family, milder winters, etc. David, as some of you will recall, sang in The Sherwoods.  And, he still does.  The Sherwoods alumni group is quite active and has travelled the country giving concerts in support of charity organizations.  Some of their appearances include Abaco, the Bahamas, Vero Beach, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.  Joining David are Bruce Hewitt and John Schoenthaler ’60.  We hope the entire group will entertain us at our 50th.  The Shankses recently joined Reg Woods, MBA ’63, and wife Kathie for a fabulous Cornell Alumni trip to South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia.  Reg wrote, “Kathie and I celebrated our 45th anniversary in May and continue to enjoy golf and travel.  I am busy investing in and managing two technology startups here in Charlottesville, as well as continuing on corporate boards in New Jersey, California, and Charlottesville.  I also find time to be active on the executive committee of Habitat of Greater Charlottesville and the board of the Heart and Vascular Center at the University of Virginia.”


Jon Greenleaf, a former member of Cayuga’s Waiters, sent the following: I'm teaching my ‘Relationship Selling’ class at Santa Barbara City College --most enjoyable--but my biggest challenge is bridging the almost 50-year gap between generations. It takes some work.  Barbara and I drove up to San Francisco to attend the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the granddaddy of this genre. It was a working trip for us, scouting films for our own Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, which we produce every spring. We saw six films in a couple of days. While there we stayed with Kent and Rita Milkman Gershengorn ’62 at their lovely home in San Rafael, just up the peninsula from San Francisco.  Rita is retired from teaching and directs a wonderful singing group which performs all over the Bay Area. Kent is still active in his cardiology practice, and squeezes in the occasional golf game. We did some singing - that is, Rita and I did - ate well, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We plan to go to Cuba in February if the various hurricanes don't disrupt things too much. This month I'll be seeing Carol Orange and Ken Iscol '60 on a trip to NYC and saw Ed Furtick and Peter Greenberg on a recent trip.”


Responding to the roll call by snail-mail, Lou Jagerman wrote:  “After retiring from ophthalmology several years ago, I have added science authorship to my activities.  My spouse Karen, a retired teacher, and I are enjoying the Pacific Northwest.  My first writing foray was a book on the math of relativity; the second is a more focused book on a mathematical facet of my former profession.  My next project on quantum mechanics is just sprouting. I still dabble in photography, which began with my efforts on the photo board of the Cornellian.”


One e-mail that triggered my memory was from Dale Abrams Adams.  Dale recounts that she was “one of the Mechanical Engineering women” along with Bobbi Singer Gang.  I remember afternoon labs with them complete with drafting tables using T-squares and lead pencils!  Hello Autocad!  She writes, “In February, 2008 Marshall Rakusin and I were married.  We live in beautiful Boca Raton, FL, about four hours south from Joanna McCully  (she lived on the freshman corridor perpendicular to mine in Dickson 5).  I played golf with classmate Loretta Carlson Lustig, this week.  When I grow up I want to play as well as she does.  I have also played golf here with Marlene Alpert Tein who was on my freshman corridor.  How's that for keeping in touch?” 


We encourage all of you to drop us a note, press clipping or whatever to sustain our efforts on your behalf. Doug Fuss, 5 Pineside Lane, Savannah, GA 31411; e-mail dougout@attglobal.net ; Joanna McCully, 1607 Hilton Head Blvd., Lady Lake, FL 32159; e-mail joannacelticlady@aol.com.