News of classmates getting together. From Michael Hoffman: “Last weekend in last September, crews from our 1958 “sweep” win of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) regatta races…Frosh, JV and Varsity gathered to celebrate that, but mostly to be with our Freshman crew coach, Carl Ullrich, who was honored with the “Mullestein Award“, a high honor in the world of rowing! It was a wonderful weekend back on the Hill, and to have time to celebrate Coach Carl was spectacular in itself. ‘61ers who came include Don Spero, Tom Gittins, Don Johnes, Bill Cox, Harry Mosely, Larry Bortles and myself.
And from Doug Fuss: “It’s been a busy month here in the Low Country. This week we traveled to Charleston, SC and were able to join Charlie Betz and wife Louise for lunch in John’s Island. Charlie and Louise are “snowbirds” leaving the frozen north in Maine and Vermont for the more accommodating weather on Seabrook Island. Charlie had the opportunity on the drive down to visit friend and fraternity brother Reg Woods and wife Kathy in Charlottesville, VA. Reg and Kathy had just moved from their country home to an in town apartment. Reg lamented that the move was hindered by disposing of too much “stuff”.
Doug continues: Scon and Jean Bocutti sent an email that they would be arriving in Savannah with a Road Scholar tour. We were able to connect for dinner in the historic district. The four of us had a fine evening sharing the, now common, angst of too much house, concern for our future health and care and, too repeat, too much “stuff”. A shared observation was that our children have little interest in the possessions and furniture we have collected over the decades. I guess no one uses fine china, sterling and crystal anymore. We will wrestle with this problem for a while.”
Bob Everson (noted April 7, 2018) writes that he “attended a joint concert with the Cornell and Purdue glee clubs last night (amid a powerful t-storm which came thru). They were both great. At the end of the Cornell portion of the program the director invited alums to come up and stand with the glee club to sing the alma mater. What an honor. We got a photo with the director afterwards.” The glee club then moved on to Milwaukee, Chicago and Cleveland before returning home. Bob notes that the storm blew down a 50 year old spruce tree in their backyard.
There was a posting on Facebook by Occupy about our classmate Harris Rosen. “ Harris Rosen, a millionaire hotelier, spent $11 million to give everyone in a poor Florida neighborhood free college scholarships and free pre-K and daycare. The crime rate was cut in half and the high school graduation rate increased from 25% to nearly 100%. Mr. Rosen says he just gave them hope, adding “if you don’t have hope, then what’s the point?”
News from classmate Gary Busch (firstname.lastname@example.org) who lives in London, 23 Drayton Gardens. He writes “I have recently stopped our transport business in Africa. We sold our ships, finished our charters, handed back our leased aircraft and left the field to others. My family decided I had become too old to visit wars and conflicts in Africa. I’m now only a consultant. I write for several magazines and websites and keep my website http://www.ocnus.net up to date daily. The outbreak of peace and quiet is surprisingly pleasant. Soon I’ll probably think of retiring.” Wow!
Bobbie Horowitz writes an up date about her cabaret series and its activities.
She has also written a book entitled Fit and Fabulous From Fifty Forward.
She says “I had to find a way (that was right for my body) to restore my health and I help guide people to do the research to find out what’s best for them to do. I think of Cornell and my wonderful friends…I send love to Cornell!”
The “Naupaka News” April 2017 from Waikoloa in Hawaii honors Thomas Rohr, “The Commish”. We know from previous entries about Tom and his successes in Hawaii. This 2 page news highlights his project the Waikoloa Beach Resort. “Rohr is widely regarded as someone who set new standards in the leisure hospitality industry in Hawaii during his long career…the Commish is a pioneer.” The newsletter goes on to detail the history of his professional activities with the Waikoloa Land Company and the resort. Thanks, Tom for sending us the newsletter and congratulations!
Sad news sent by Ronald Demer: “SAE Harold “Spike” Kunz, age 78, died peacefully in his home on January 5th from complications of diabetes. He is survived by his wife Dodie, son Greg, daughter Beth and brother Eric (also a Cornell SAE). Beth is Associate Director of Engineering Admissions at Cornell…He attended Cornell’s Medical College in NYC. Spike served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. After honorably discharged he began a radiology residency at Washington University in St. Louis and was a radiologist until retirement at 55. Spike and Dodie had a home in Lake George NY since 1980. He was an avid sailor and skied at Gore Mountain with his children, grandchildren and friends.”
Ron added “On a Phi Psi note, I hosted Scon and Jon Fairbanks during their visit to Ithaca in the fall for the Harvard hockey game and football vs. Columbia.”
Brenda Young Crawford (email@example.com) and husband Tony ‘62 DVM. “live in a fabulous community -- Spruce Creek Fly-In. Most of us have a consuming interest in aviation. Lots of fun and interesting people. I play bridge and make jewelry. We travel as often as possible -- Cuba and the Galapagos were highlights in 2017. Tony is a flight instructor and teaches both fixed wing and helicopter. We are fortunate to see many Cornellians often and attended Tony’s reunion last year.”
Please continue to keep us informed Susan Williams Stevens (sastevens61 @gmail.com) and Doug Fuss (firstname.lastname@example.org)