Thanks to classmates for sending news during this worldwide epidemic. It feels good to hear from all of you.
Ed Goldman (email@example.com) writes he and his wife Judith decided to “go on our long-planned third visit to Japan in February. Went and had a marvelous trip to Hokkaido (Japanese Tancho crane migration and ‘wedding’ dancing), Kyushu (beautiful island), Okinawa (very different sub-tropical land) and Tokyo. In Tokyo we avoided all public transport and walked 38+ miles 15-1/2 days. Our friends and family in NY (the ones who said ‘Don’t Go‘) said ‘don’t come home’. We returned as scheduled having had a wonderful time.”
Classmate Steve Stein (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a new address: One Milbank, Greenwich, CT 06830. “Together with my late wife, Susan Volpert ‘62, we produced two generations of Cornellians, children Danny ‘92 and Victoria ‘99 and grandchildren Jacob ‘21, Mimi ‘23 and Claire ‘24, all having the surname Stein. Has most satisfaction with ten grandchildren ranging in age from 21 to 4, all of whom live in metro NY.”
Donald Low (email@example.com) writes “Following a brief legal career, commercial Real Estate ownership has been my ‘game’ for the past 50 years. Pandemic has ‘thrown me in a tizzy’. Looking to snap back with vigor. Work is my passion, I’ll never retire. Work keeps one young in mind, body and spirit. Actively participating in recovery effort. Family is fine. Ironically, we’re keeping healthy through voluntary isolation. Accomplishing goals brings satisfaction.”
Marilyn McCarthy Nutting has a new address: 144 Washington St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. She says “I manage to stay active and garden, walk and bike on a regular basis keeping ‘social distance’ and wearing a mask when out and about in the neighborhood. I am still able to work from home and keep online Zoom and phone contacts with employer, family, friends, church and Boston music opportunities.” She is working for Wellesley Free Library remotely. “My husband Travis died in May, 2011 after a prolonged illness. My brother Tom McCarthy died recently in March, 2020. I miss not traveling to my extended family in upstate NY.”
Ronald C. Sander (firstname.lastname@example.org) now lives at 469 Jumpers Hole Road Apt 310, Severna Park, MD 21146. In “14 day confinement processing the photos, slides , letters that my late wife Judy (Wells College ‘64) and I thought were important as we accumulated stuff during our 50 year marriage. I am furious with Cornell…my two oldest grandkids both applied to Cornell (Engineering and Biology). Neither ever heard anything (+ or-) from Cornell . Why? Ron goes on to detail his grandchildren’s credentials and abilities and writes they are both in school, Ryan at MIT grad school. Mollie at U. Virginia. He says Cornell still asks for more money. He likes visiting his grandkids in Boston and Charlottsburg.
James Belden (email@example.com)DVM’64 Writes a “Coronavirus update.
Our normal routine has been interrupted by the closure of the American and European Horseshow schedules. The seasonal downtime after Winter Equestrian Festival hasn’t materialized and the international competitors are in limbo with nowhere to go. As a result we are still busy attending to the horse’s medical needs in Wellington, FL. Our protocols have evolved to ensure social distancing as much as possible with enhanced sanitation and disinfection. Currently in my 56th year of veterinary practice with each year presenting new challenges.”
Marcia C. Field and husband A. Kirk Field ‘60 have had a busy year. “This past year has been one of the Field’s busiest in the recent past. They have moved from their home of 54 years in North Wales, PA to a lovely near-by retirement community in Blue Bell, PA. Because their new home is local both Kirk and Marcia have been able to continue most of their activities. Actually the coronavirus shutdown has allowed a flurry of at home creativity: for Marcia, stained glass and quilting, and for Kirk, woodworking in the Normandy Farms Estates sizable wood shop. Our daughter Karen Field Murray MD Cornell ‘86 has a new position with the Cleveland Clinic in OH as chair of the Clinic Pediatric Institute where she undertakes further responsibilities.”
I conclude with a heartfelt message from Marilyn Zucker (firstname.lastname@example.org) “I must be getting sentimental these days as I’m thinking about some of my Cornell buddies…Next to my fireplace rests a walking stick carved for me by a boy at our Freshman Orientation… where we forged friendships that would launch us securely into college life. The walking stick has my name and ‘Cornell 61’ carved into it…it’s one of my great treasures. I hope to connect with Phil Ginsburg, the carver , to let him know that evidence remains.
I was 16 when I entered the class of ‘61 likely too young to fully appreciate the education I was getting… I studied the sciences at Cornell, and went on to earn the PhD in literature when I was 50...I taught at Stony Brook Univ. and after a Fulbright to Portugal, made connections with the Univ. of Lisbon where we opened an American-style writing center…” Marilyn then relates her sadness when she perused the list of departed classmates, remembering wonderful young men and women and those who had long and productive lives. She goes on “I’ve not really been involved in Cornell activities, but the tie remains strong. I am ever grateful to Cornell for its foundational role in what continues to be a rich and fulfilling life. I send warm regards”
Be like Marilyn and write to your class correspondents Susan Williams Stevens email@example.com and Doug Fuss firstname.lastname@example.org