T H E C O R N E L L A LU M N I A S S O C I AT I O N OF G R E AT E R R O C H E S T E R ALMA MATER FAR ABOVE CAYUGA’S WATERS, WITH ITS WAVES OF BLUE, STANDS OUR NOBLE ALMA MATER, GLORIOUS TO VIEW. LIFT THE CHORUS, SPEED IT ONWARD, LOUD HER PRAISES TELL; HAIL TO THEE, OUR ALMA MATER! HAIL, ALL HAIL, CORNELL! FAR ABOVE THE BUSY HUMMING OF THE BUSTLING TOWN, REARED AGAINST THE ARCH OF HEAVEN, LOOKS SHE PROUDLY DOWN. LIFT THE CHORUS, SPEED IT ONWARD, LOUD HER PRAISES TELL; HAIL TO THEE, OUR ALMA MATER! HAIL, ALL HAIL, CORNELL! OF THE CORNELL-ROCHESTER CONNECTION Published by THE CORNELL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF GREATER ROCHESTER Rochester, New York 2004 2 From the President Dear Rochester Cornellians: Kathy and I consider it a great honor to join you in celebrating the Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester’s centennial anniversary. Your organization’s longevity and extraordinary commitment to the ideas upon which Cornell was founded distinguish it in the annals of Cornell history. This commitment enabled Cornell to grow and thrive over the past 100 years, and it is what gives me steady assurance that Cornell will remain engaged and eager to participate in the work of understanding the world and improving the conditions of our lives for the next 100 years. To cite just one example of your farsightedness, your organization recognized early on the value of providing financial aid for students to study at Cornell, and you have set records raising scholarship funds for deserving students. These stu- dents have made their marks on Cornell and the world. Many of them are now members of your association. The very special affection that Cornellians have always felt for our university is passed on through the kind of devotion your organization epitomizes. On the occasion of this anniversary, I want you to know that you inspire me. I treasure the bond we share as Cornellians and have no doubt that the next 100 years in the history of the Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester will be as momentous as the past 100 years. Sincerely, Cornell President Jeffrey S. Lehman Foreword 3 Foreword It’s my good fortune to be the President of the Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester in this milestone onehundredth year. A centennial demands a look back and so we present a brief history in this booklet, courtesy of our official historian, Gail Kayson ‘59. A centennial is also an occasion that inspires a look to the future. That’s always a daunting task because predictions can turn out to be wrong and future readers will mostly delight in pointing out exactly how wrong. Contemplating the future of this organization has the added burden of prompting the inevitable comparions with its very distinguished past, and, of course, “the golden age” of anything is the one that occurred sometime before you arrived on the scene. I’ll go out on a limb and venture that our organization will continue to play an important role in enhancing the connections between Cornell University and its alumni in Rochester. But rather than dwell on the glorious parade of history or try to define a vision for the future, I would urge that we simply pause to do a proper job of celebrating with the friends we’ve come to know and cherish through our connections to Cornell. We take pride in our fellow alumni who have, through the years, contributed and continue to contribute to the life of the greater Rochester community in so many ways. We each bring something of our Cornell experience to our businesses, organizations, churches, neighborhoods, friends and families. Like our University, we draw strength from our great diversity of backgrounds, interests and talents. And we have one other vital source of strength as an organization. In Rochester, I’ve met some Cornellians who were in Ithaca during the same four years that I was there, but I never knew them during my time on the hill. I’ve met many more who I could not have known in Ithaca because their college years occurred decades before or decades after mine. The Rochester club manages to reflect the unique character of the University through the prism of time. We benefit greatly from the friendships that have developed across multiple generations of alumni gathered in this area, all sharing the uncommon experience of Cornell. Our proximity to Ithaca helps Rochesterarea alumni stay connected with the University. At the same time, we have just enough distance to provide some perspective and perhaps an even greater appreciation for the impact that our Cornell connections have for us. The roads between Ithaca and Rochester are well worn and that familiar trip along the shoreline of Cayuga Lake remains for us a journey home in both directions, home to Rochester and home to Cornell. Anonymous Arlie and Doug Anderson Stephen and Janice Ashley Maxine and Morton L. Bittker Thomas L. Cummings Carol Sue Hai Sanjay Hiranandani David L. Hoffberg Susan R. Holliday Mike Holloway Robert and Barbara Hurlbut Gail Long Kayson Ross P. Lanzafame Dr. Robert and Carroll M. Manning Robert and Katie Metcalf James and Shirley Moore Lois F. Niland Nannette Nocon and Karl Wessendorf Duncan W. O’Dwyer, Esq. Erik and Ann Pell Peter and Elaine Schwarz Barbara M. and Robert H. Shaw Jane K. and Robert C. Stevens Joyce Underberg and Stan Rodwin Susan and David Woehr Thomas L. Cummings ’75 President, Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester Rochester, New York 2004 Underwriters 4 A Brief History A Brief History Cornellians in Rochester, New York have been among the University’s most active and engaged alumni for at least one hundred years and almost certainly longer than that. In 1956 James K. Quigley, MD, Class of 1902, wrote his history of the Rochester club’s early days and compiled a scrapbook. He describes a banquet held by a group known as the Cornell Alumni Association in 1904, Dr. Quigley’s first year in Rochester. He indicates that annual alumni banquets were by then a tradition. Morris Bishop’s History of Cornell reports that University alumni were organized as the Associate Alumni in 1872 and since Rochesterians were well represented at Cornell from the earliest days, it’s very likely that an alumni group has existed in Rochester for more than a century. However, since 1904 is the first documented year of an alumni event in Rochester, we use that date to mark our beginnings. THE EARLY DAYS Dr. Quigley describes one early alumni banquet as “… a very proper and formal occasion sans cocktails or wine and because of the presence of ladies smoking was verboten.” The dinner was held at the Genesee Valley Club, then at the corner of East Avenue and Gibbs Street. The guest of honor was Dean T. F. Crane. In 1906 Dr. Quigley and others decided that “there were enough Cornell alumni in this area to organize a club that would more actively represent Cornell in Rochester than had the older Alumni Association.” The Cornell Club of Rochester was officially incorporated in 1907. Although Ezra Cornell was famous for establishing a coeducational University, societal traditions of the era prompted the formation of a men’s club. By 1909 and maybe earlier, according to Dr. Quigley, The Cornell Women’s Club of Rochester was formed. Although the two clubs jointly sponsored events, it would be nearly seventy years before they became one, united alumni organization. The old Rochester Post-Express heralded the formation of the men’s club as “…the first actual university club to be established in Rochester. It is distinctly a social club in the interest of its members as opposed to the Cornell Alumni Association. It is the ambition of the club members, and of alumni of other universities, to form in time a University Club for alumni of all universities who make their home in Rochester.” MEETING ROOMS From 1907 to 1909, the Cornell Club leased meeting rooms on the fourth floor of the annex of the East Side Savings Bank, 235 East Main Street at the corner of Main and Clinton. Andrew E. Tuck, a founding father of The Cornell Club of Rochester, (and later Deputy Attorney General for New York State) described the meeting rooms as, “two small rooms (decorated in carnelian and white) furnished in a simple way – a piano, a long table, a few chairs, benches built around two sides of the front room and a pool table in the back room. Cornell publications were on the table.” In Dr. Quigley’s memoirs, the housewarming activities for the club’s new quarters sound like a lively event. According to Dr. Quigley, “luncheon was served to over a hundred alumni and the party broke up after midnight.” A few other important facts about the “Founding Fathers” and the early years should be noted. The Cornell Club of Rochester had ninety-two charter members. The annual dues were initially set at $10.00! In 1910 the constitution was amended and the dues reduced to $2.00. When a fire destroyed the club’s offices in 1909, proceeds from an insurance settlement became the foundation of our present-day scholarship fund. EARLY LEADERS Many prominent Rochesterians played important roles in the early years of The Cornell Club. The first president of the incorporated organization was The Hon. George A. Benton, Class of 1871, a Supreme Court judge. James E. Gleason, 1892 – President of Gleason Works – was the club’s second president. He served two terms in 1908 and 1909. James Gleason’s older sister, Kate Cornell 1904 A Brief History Gleason, had also been also a Cornellian. In fact, she was the University’s first woman student in engineering. In 1909, she hosted a reception for Andrew D. White and his wife at Clones, Gleason’s country place on East Avenue near Allen’s Creek, Pittsford. The formal invitation advised attendees to take the R. S. & E. Trolley to Stop 7. The R. S. & E. was the Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern electric trolley. The Cornell Club of Rochester, even in its early days, joined together with other college organizations in the city for picnic outings called “The Union Picnic of the College Men of Rochester.” These picnics drew several hundred men to dinner at either the Ontario Beach Hotel in Charlotte or Manitou Beach Hotel. The joint picnics and “smokers” were the catalyst for the formation of the University Club of Rochester. From the very beginning, our connection to Ithaca and Cornell University has been strong. Dr. Quigley speaks of his first Cornell Alumni Association Dinner whose speaker was Dean Teefy Crane. Other early notables were Davy Hoy who spoke at an informal dinner in March of 1912 and President Jacob Gould Schurman who was entertained at a luncheon attended by 99 Cornellians at the Seneca Hotel in 1914. In 1924 the University of Rochester launched a drive for ten million dollars for a new men’s campus. In support of the drive, the Cornell Club of Rochester hosted a dinner for all Rochester college men at the Chamber of Commerce. Cornell President Livingston Farrand was the guest speaker. In 1938 and again in 1941, the men’s and women’s clubs jointly sponsored dinners at Oak Hill Country Club in honor of President Edmund Ezra Day. Through the years, every Cornell president as well as many provosts, professors, deans, athletic coaches, and others associated with the University have visited the Rochester clubs. scene until the 1970’s. The Rochester Times Union had an extensive review of the 1939 dance and as was the custom of the day, all the guests were listed. Tickets were $2.00. In 1941 the dance was also reported in the society page and the dresses worn by the ladies were briefly described. The Washington’s Birthday dinner dances continued each February through the 1970’s. Early on, the men’s club held weekly luncheon meetings and sent red printed penny post cards to all members announcing the speaker, time and topic. Luncheon meetings continued through the 1950’s. (Post cards were still a penny in 1950.) Meetings in the forties and fifties were held at the Chamber of Commerce or the Powers Hotel. In the 1946 annual program committee report it was noted that 27 luncheons were held with an average attendance of 42 members. The highlight of the season was a luncheon for Perley S. Wilcox, Cornell Class of 1897, Chairman of the Board of Eastman Kodak, with 100 guests in attendance. Father and Son Luncheons, Penn Luncheons, picnics, and clambakes were popular annual events from the 1940’s through the 1970’s. The popularity of Big Red football in the area was attested to by a gathering of 300 alumni in 1941 to a dinner for Coach Carl Snavely and his assistant Carl (Lefty) James. Through the years, many other Cornell coaches have also been guests of the club. In the 1960’s, lifestyles and working conditions changed so that weekly lunches were discontinued. The program was changed to a format much like those we have today, though some traditional luncheons such as the Penn and Founder’s Day luncheons have continued. Other events were a Pre-Frosh Picnic and a Secondary Schools Luncheon for Guidance Counselors. Other speakers and events were hosted in the evenings or on weekends. In 1968 the Cornell Club of Rochester (men’s) had 240 members. CLUB EVENTS MUSIC The club’s Annual Washington’s Birthday Dance, which some reports date back to 1907, was a favorite on the Rochester social Music has been a part of our Cornell heritage in Rochester since 1907. There was a musical group that was formed from the STRONG UNIVERSITY CONNECTIONS Rochester 1904 5 6 A Brief History original charter members. In 1908 “The Cornell Masque” came from Ithaca to put on a performance, and they returned in 1909 to stage “Oolong” a Chinese comic opera, book written by Romeyn Berry ‘04, at the Lyceum Theatre. In 1947 the Cornell Club of Rochester brought an old time Cornell Musical Clubs Variety Show to the Strong Auditorium at the University of Rochester. Tickets were priced at $1.80. The Glee Club has come to Rochester on several occasions including a 1969 performance at the Nazareth College Arts Center. In 1976 Karel Husa conducted the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in a program at the Eastman Theatre, which also featured the Cornell Glee Club and the Festival Chorus of Oswego. The “Combined Clubs” continued to enjoy music with outings to the Rochester “Pops” concerts and summer evening concerts at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua. UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES Through the years, testimonial dinners have been given to honor the Rochester area’s University Trustees, Trustees Emeriti and other outstanding Cornell Club members. On April 23, 1969, Walter Todd was honored. Walter Todd was the President of Todd Protectograph Company, which produced commercial check writers and other devices for the banking industry and other commercial institutions. The Todd Company was later bought by the Burroughs Company. President James Perkins was the speaker at the dinner. On May 19,1970 a testimonial dinner was given for Donald McMaster ’16, retired chairman of the Board of Eastman Kodak and Tennessee Eastman. He was a charter member of the Cornell University Council and served for five terms. He was also a Trustee Emeritus of the University and a director of the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory. President Dale Corson was the guest speaker and he bestowed on Mr. McMaster the honor of Presidential “Give my regards to Davy, remember me to Teefy Crane.” Dean Thomas F. Crane (right) was the featured speaker at the Rochester alumni banquet in 1906. Registrar David Hoy (left) was a guest at an informal dinner in 1912. A Timeline of Cornell-Rochester Connections Kate Gleason, of Rochester’s Gleason Works, Cornell’s first woman student in engineering. Rochester’s Hiram Sibley, president of Western Union and one of Cornell’s original ten incorporators. 1904 is a milestone year for Rochester alumni and the University. Liberty Hyde Bailey is the first Dean, New York State College of Agriculture, established on May 9th. Sibley College of Mechanic Arts building donated in 1871 by Hiram Sibley and later expanded by his son Hiram W. Sibley On campus, 1904 also marks the groundbreaking for Goldwin Smith Hall. A Brief History Councilor, the highest honor Cornell University gives to alumni for outstanding contributions to education. Joseph P. King ’36 was honored with a testimonial dinner at Oak Hill Country Club on May 18, 1978. President Frank H.T. Rhodes was the speaker. Joe became a University Trustee in 1969. He was president of The Cornell Club of Rochester in 1966, was active in alumni secondary school activities and promoted university athletic programs. Joe became the administrator of the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority in 1958. The Cornell singing group “Nothing But Treble” entertained after dinner. In May 1982, at the Bounty Harbor Restaurant, Morton Adams ’33, Phi Beta Kappa, graduate of the NYS School of Agriculture at Cornell University, and President of the Curtice-Burns Corporation was honored with a testimonial dinner. He was originally appointed to the Board of Trustees as an Ex-officio member, representing the NYS Agricultural Society from First president of the incorporated Cornell Club of Rochester, the Hon. George H. Benton, Supreme Court judge. Campus theatrical group, Cornell Masque, tours with original comic operas, this one penned by Romeyn Berry ’04. Lantern slides of Cornell are shown between acts. 1956 to 1975 and was appointed to serve as a University Trustee from 1975 to 1980 by the Governor. The Curtice-Burns Charitable Foundation announced at the dinner that a scholarship in his name would be given to the Agricultural College. Donald Berens ‘47 was given a testimonial dinner on May 8,1986 at the Rochester Stouffer Hotel. He became a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University in 1982. Don was a true entrepreneur and was involved with many business ventures, including 113 Hickory Farms franchise stores. He suggested the Entrepreneur Program at the Johnson School of Business and established the Don and Margi Berens Professorship. He was the chairman of the National Cornell Fund from 1983 to 1985. Rochester’s current board-elected trustee is Stephen Ashley ’62, MBA ’64. He is chairman and chief executive officer of The Ashley Group, a family of related companies focused on management, brokerage, financing and investment in commercial and multifamily real estate. Steve and his wife, 7 Janice, have been named Cornell Foremost Benefactors. In 1991 they established the Stephen B. and Janice Ashley Graduate Fellowship in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In 2002, Steve Ashley established The Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Awards at the University. SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING Over the first one hundred years of Cornell Alumni organizations in Rochester, many thousands of dollars have been given to students from the Rochester area. Mr. Ralph Gorsline, Class of 1889, the insurer of the original club meeting rooms and the first treasurer of The Cornell Club of Rochester in 1907, probably never would have dreamed that the $500 in insurance money would be the start of scholarship funds for so many future Cornellians. A student loan fund was first established in 1912 with $600. In 1944 the committee recommended Margery Dragon as the first woman to receive a men’s club scholarship. It not only Cornell President, Jacob Gould Schurman is the club’s luncheon guest at the Seneca Hotel in 1914 1909. Fire destroys club meeting rooms. Insurance settlement monies establish scholarship fund. 8 A Brief History set a precedent for the Cornell Club of Rochester but also for Cornell University. Miss Dragon was awarded $200 in 1944 and 1945. She distinguished herself both academically and in extra-curricular activities as well. We have been most fortunate to have several large gifts given to our club. The Walter Todd Fund was established by his family in the amount of $25,000 to be used as a separately administered fund for scholarship purposes. Edith Tasker, a Rochesterian who loved animals, bequeathed $22,000 in 1986, to be used for needy students of the Veterinary College from the Rochester area. Many other gifts have been received over the years that have been most appreciated. The Women’s Club Cheese Sale was established as a fundraiser for scholarships in 1959. The sponsorship of a children’s play, put on by the Rochester Community Players, was their first fund raising effort. The women explored new ways of earning more money including house tours, but decided on a cheese sale as something that would be unique in the Rochester area. The sale remains a successful fundraiser and is supported by an army of dedicated workers. The Women’s Club raised $400 the first year. When the clubs combined in 1978 the Cheese Sale became a way to raise additional scholarship monies and in 1993 we raised over $4,500. Apple boxes and jams were added to our list of items for sale. The monies raised from an auction held at the annual meeting were also used for the scholarship fund. We have several unique Cornelliana items such as the Zinck’s Bar, acquired in 1975, which is made from part of the Zinck’s sign; also a Clinton House rocking chair and a Liberty Hyde Bailey plant stand. The Club has for many years maintained a committee that interviews prospective students and awards scholarships. The scholarships formerly were given to incoming freshman, but are now given to upperclass students from the Rochester area. Cornell football games are favorite outings for the Rochester Club. 1924, Cornell President Livingston Farrand is the guest speaker at an All College Men’s Dinner in support of fundraising for the University of Rochester. In the 1930’s, Cornell Club events are a regular feature in the newspaper’s society pages. In 1939 James E. Gleason (left), Edward Bausch (center) and Frank Gannett receive the club’s “Prince of Good Fellows” degree in recognition of their accomplishments. The Cornell-Penn Luncheon, now held the Monday before Thanksgiving, is a longstanding club tradition. A Brief History SECONDARY SCHOOLS COMMITTEE Over the years both the men’s and women’s clubs have interviewed students for admission to the university. On a personal note, when I applied to Cornell, Norma Fox was chairman of the committee for the Women’s Club. She is remembered by many as our first contact with the University and I recall my interview as a “white glove, white knuckle experience.” In those days, white gloves were essential to a properly dressed young lady’s wardrobe, and it seemed to me that my entire future depended on my making a good impression on Norma Fox. She was certainly a stern presence during the interview, but the next summer when I attended the send-off picnic for freshman, she was the first to give me a big hug and wish me the best. Many have chaired the Secondary Schools Committee, now known as the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN). In recent years chairs have included: Valerie Cole Magor ’60, Head football coach Carl Snavely, (left) is a favorite visitor to the Rochester club in the 1930’s and 40’s. He and assistant Lefty James also play in Cornell Club Golf Tournaments at Oak Hill. The annual Washington’s Birthday formal dinner dance remains a social highlight from its inception in 1907 until the 1970’s. 9 Maxine Bittker ’59, Martin Lustig ’63, Heidi Friederich ’63, Carroll Mannning ’53, Nancy Wachs ’54, Logan Cheek ’60, Arlie Anderson ’47, Stephanie Prato ’89, Peter Cardamone ’73, Catherine Ellison ’99 and Jennifer Smiljanich ’97. MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CLUBS COMBINE The separate men’s and women’s clubs merged in 1978 to become co-educational like our great University. The new organization was called The Cornell Club of Rochester. Lawrence Teel ’60 became the first president of the “combined club” and had his hands full taming the sexes! The two clubs were each rich in their own heritage and there were some strong feelings around maintaining the traditions of each group. The Founders Day Luncheon and Cheese Sale came from the women’s club. The Dartmouth and Penn Luncheons came from the men’s club along with the auction of Cornelliana and the annual meeting. Several functions were common to both clubs and were easily integrated into the new Deane Malott inaugurated as Cornell’s sixth president in 1951. Cornell President Edmund Ezra Day addresses the combined clubs. From left to right, Rochester Mayor Samuel B. Dicker ’11, University Trustee Frank E. Gannett ’98, men’s club president George West ’23, and women’s club president Beryl Hass ’32. In 1963, James A. Perkins is inaugurated as Cornell’s seventh president. 10 A Brief History organization. After much debate, elements of each club were incorporated into the “combined club.” In 1990 the name of the club, after 84 years, was changed to The Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester. So we have come full circle from the Cornell Alumni Association in 1904 to the Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester (CAAGR). 90TH BIRTHDAY PARTY On September 12, 1994 we celebrated ninety years of Cornell in Rochester at the Harro East Ballroom at 155 Chestnut Street. Our special guests were Cornell University President Frank H.T. Rhodes and his lovely wife Rosa. The birthday party committee of 47 volunteers was co-chaired by Peter Schwarz ’47, Arlie Anderson ’47 and Gail Kayson ’59. Cornell Club memorabilia was displayed around the ballroom. The food theme included Louie’s Lunch Wagon (in cardboard) and “Cornell” barbecued chicken cooked outside by Kirk Personius ’52 and Douglas Anderson ’50. We also “imported” Purity Ice Cream to serve with a lovely birthday cake of several tiers. All of the past presidents of the various Cornell alumni clubs and associations participated in the cutting of the cake led by the 1994 CAAGR President Diane Wyant ’75 and President Frank Rhodes. It was truly a wonderful event attended by about 250 members and guests. In May 1995, we accepted the Club Program Award at Cornell during Federation Weekend. A SNAPSHOT OF TODAY’S GROUP In 2004, as in 1904 when the first Cornell Alumni Association was formed, our presence in the Rochester area has served Cornell University and united Cornell graduates in our area in many ways. Today’s Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester is busy with involvement in community service, promoting Cornell University through our high school essay contests and our very active fund raising efforts in support of our scholarship fund. In the 1990’s we became more aware of our obligations to the greater community, which reflects on our Cornell education and experience. The recent efforts have been to give time to Habitat for Humanity and collecting and giving of food baskets for the Eastside Community Center. We have continued to host a wide range of alumni events. Many deans, professors, and department chairpersons have been speakers at our Founder’s Day event every January and at our Annual Meeting program in the spring of each year. In 1995 at Founder’s Day we had the Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Cornell, Bruce Ganem, speak on “Cornell and Chemistry 205: Can We Reach (and Teach) NonScientists?” In the spring of 1995 we hosted a tribute dinner for Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Robert Call, on his retirement. This was a well-attended affair and included alumni from the surrounding region. This event was held at the Center at High Falls in Rochester. Dale Corson inaugurated as Cornell’s eighth president in 1969 Dr. James B. Maas is faculty speaker at the women’s club 1971 Founder’s Day Luncheon. Cheese Sale Chair Toby Silverman (right) and Roberta Lang promote the club’s scholarship fundraiser. Pete and Elaine Schwarz, Arlie and Doug Anderson pitch in to support the tradition of scholarship fundraising. A Brief History In 1972, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art becomes the latest addition to the campus skyline. 11 In 1992, we established an endowment fund in Joe King’s name. Joe was a loyal Cornellian and a former trustee of the University who promoted Cornell in so many ways over the years. The Fourth Annual Joe King Memorial Golf Tournament in 1995 raised $6,000. During 1994-1995, the Scholarship Fund supported fourteen Cornell students with a total of $13,250 in scholarship aid. We also completed our obligation to endow a Traditions Fellowship of $25,000. On April 29, 1997, Cornell’s tenth President Hunter R. Rawlings III and his wife Elizabeth were our guests at the lovely home of Bob and Barbara Hurlbut on Sheldon Road in Mendon. President Rawlings addressed the large gathering of Cornellians that attended the event from our “Zinck’s bar.” In 1997-1998, the Scholarship Committee of CAAGR awarded $18,200 to twelve Rochester area Cornell undergraduates and two veterinary students. As we approached the millennium in 1999, we renewed our commitment to our community with several volunteer events that included sorting at Foodlink, helping at the WXXI auction, preparing holiday baskets, and helping at the Special Olympics. During 1999, Kristen Hallagan ’90 arranged a bimonthly book club at the Pittsford Barnes & Noble store. The “Discovering New Authors Book Club” attracts Cornellians as well as other readers in the area. Founder’s Day in January 2000 featured Bob Feldman, former Chimesmaster and Chimes advisor since 1988. Bob, who is a former Rochesterian, presented a very interesting program on chimes music, including the story about “The Great Pumpkin Mystery.” Karen Bronson Clark, MPS ’89, in her message from the President in the summer of 2002, reported that CAAGR represented Cornell graduates from the 1930’s – 2000’s. The largest class memberships were from the 1950’s with 29% representation. Classes of the 1940’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1990’s 1974 marks yet another successful Phonathon effort in Rochester on behalf of the Cornell Fund. Trustee Joe King congratulates area students at the club’s 1975 sendoff picnic for new freshmen. Ice skating party at the Shakespeare Restaurant in Xerox Square, 1975. Frank H.T. Rhodes inaugurated as Cornell’s ninth president in 1977. 12 A Brief History were all very close in participation from 13% to 15%. Events in 2002 included an Erie Canal Cruise, and the Cornell-Penn Luncheon speaker was Richard C. Wesley, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, Cornell Law ’74. The Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester hosted a wonderful evening at the Memorial Art Gallery. Frank Robinson, the Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, was our guest speaker and shared his insights on Degas. After his remarks and a dessert reception, we went into the Degas exhibition area. We enjoyed a rare treat of having an opportunity to see this exhibit and have Frank Robinson with us to give his perspective on the art and the artist. The annual meeting in May 2002 was held at Shadow Lake Country Club. Professor Guiseppe Pezzotti of the Hotel School amazed us with his ability to remember names of just about everyone in the room. His topic “How to be a Restaurant Critic” was very interesting. In 2003 Tom Cummings ’75 became our CAAGR President. We began a yearlong celebration of our one-hundredth anniversary of Cornell alumni associations in Rochester. On October 16, 2003, Jeffrey S. Lehman ’77 was inaugurated the eleventh President of Cornell University. Many Cornellians from our area attended the ceremony. Arlie Anderson ’47 invited me to the event, and we will always remember that day as a high point in our Cornell experiences. Founder’s Day 2004 featured Donald F. Smith, dean of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Smith became dean in 1997 and is the ninth dean since 1868 when Cornell became the first university in the United States to teach veterinary medicine. His topic was “Don’t Forget the Horse Doctor: Ezra Cornell’s Veterinary Dream 135 Years Later.” Dr. Robert Manning and Carroll Manning arranged to have Dean Smith as our speaker. As the historian, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the history of Cornell as well as the veterinary college. 1982 testimonial dinner for Mort Adams ’33, President of CurticeBurns Corporation, who served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 1956 to 1980. 250 gather at the Harro East Ballroom in September to celebrate Ninety Years of Cornell in Rochester in 1994. Bob Metcalf ’61 greets President Frank H. T. Rhodes and his wife Rosa at the club’s 90th birthday celebration. Don Hershey ’27, Kirk Personius ’52 and University Trustee Joe King ’36 chat at the 1984 annual meeting held at Bob Hurlbut’s home. Duncan O’Dwyer and Gail Kayson accept award from the Federation of Cornell Clubs. Arlie Anderson ’47, Pete Schwarz ’47 and Gail Kayson ’59 research club archives in preparation for 90th celebration. Hunter Rawlings becomes Cornell’s tenth president in 1995 and the guest of honor at a Rochester reception in 1997. A Brief History Nannette Nocon ’82 has served as our organization’s President and has handled the Scholarship Fund account since 1984. Since that time, we have awarded $229,332 in scholarships and have in addition transferred $7,832.32 to complete our $25,000 Traditions Fellowship. We are one of a very few Cornell Alumni Associations that still handle our own funds. We are active in the selection process of Scholarship Fund recipients. The Scholarship Committee is chaired by Toby Silverman ’60, who with her committee, goes to Cornell every fall to interview candidates from the Rochester area. We award scholarships beginning in the sophomore year for undergraduates and also for the Edith Tasker Veterinary Scholarship. We continue to interview prospective incoming freshmen through CAAAN, and many of our members are interviewers. For the past thirteen years we have promoted Cornell University through our Essay Contest. Eleventh grade students from Rochester area schools are given the opportunity to practice writing college admission- style essays. Many teachers and guidance counselors praise our competition, designed to reward outstanding written expression. Currently, whenever first or second place winners are accepted for admission to attend Cornell, they receive $1,000 (first place) or $500 (second place) if they decide to go to Cornell. The essay contest was first suggested and implemented by Logan Cheek ’60. Being an historian is a very humbling task, and I wish to thank all the CAAGR members that I have talked to over the years for sharing their memories, advice, and experiences with me. I wish to thank Peter Schwarz ’47 for dragging me into this effort. For our early history, I drew heavily on the memoirs and scrapbook of Dr. James Quigley 1902, and for our recent history I am indebted to the wonderful club newsletters created by Gilbert Chan ’95. A special thank-you to my editors Roger Anderson ’78, Arlie Anderson ’47, Elaine Schwarz, Tom Cummings ’75 and Alex Chernavsky MBA ’95. I never thought I would become so involved with the Cornell Alumni 13 Associations when I went to my first Cornell Women’s Club of Rochester meeting in 1973. I have enjoyed being a member of the Women’s Club, the “combined” Cornell Club and now The Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester. I conclude this anecdotal history on the occasion of our official centennial year with a call to go forth and begin the celebration of the next 100 years of the Cornell – Rochester connection. Gail Long Kayson ’59 Cornell Club of Rochester, President 1983-1984 Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester, Historian 2004 Jeffrey Lehman inaugurated as Cornell’s eleventh president in 2003. Nearly 500 Rochester-area high school juniors compete each year in our Essay Contest. Tom Cummings ’75 presents award to 2001 winner. A future alumni association member enjoys a pleasant autumn day at the 2003 fall picnic By the mid-1990’s, the club’s annual Joe King Golf Tournament grows to be a popular summertime fundraiser that draws golfers from Ithaca and Rochester. The 2002 season begins with an Erie Canal cruise aboard the Colonial Belle. 14 Past Presidents Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester Past Presidents CORNELL CLUB OF ROCHESTER 1906 Andrew Tuck ’98 1907 Hon. George A. Benton ’71 1908 James E. Gleason ’92 1909 James E. Gleason ’92 1910 Philip Will ’00 1911 Philip Will ’00 1912 Willis E. Ryan 1913 Willis W. Bowen, MD ’02 1914 Ralph H. Gorsline ’98 1915 John F. Skinner ’90 1916 John H. Agate ’03 1917 Alden Covill ’96 1918 Nicholas J. Weldgen, Esq. ’06 1919 Leon Stern ’89 1920 James K. Quigley, MD ’02 1921 Stearns S. Bullen, MD ’09 1922 George C. Wright ’03 1923 Floyd S. Winslow, MD ’06 1924 Floyd S. Winslow, MD ’06 1925 James F. Barker ’93 1926 J. Emmett O’Brien, Esq. ’15 1927 Leonard M. Gard ’13 1928 Andew L. Gilman, Esq. ’09 1929 George A. Benton ’19 1930 Adrian L. Spencer ’21 1931 Philip D. Rupert ’20 1932 James C. O’Brien, Esq. ’10 1933 J. Arthur Jennings, Esq. ’18 1934 J. Arthur Jennings, Esq. ’18 1935 James K. Quigley, MD ’02 1936 Arthur B. Curran, Esq. ’16 1937 Lewis B. Swift ’12 1938 Hon. Marvin R. Dye ’17 1939 Alfred M. Darlow ’06 1940 Howard J. Ludington ’17 1941 Barton Baker, Esq. ’22 1942 George S. Babcock ’16 1942 Kenneth W. Spear ’26 1943 David S. Cook ’24 1944 George A. West ’23 1945 Walter B. Kenyon ’27 1946 Ernest Elder ’16 1947 Kenneth G. Haxtun ’10 1948 Fred E. Darling ’25 1949 Thomas E. Johnson, Esq. ’32 1950 Donald Hershey ’27 1951 Charles F. Bullard ’27 1952 Charles F. Mulligan ’31 1953 Lawrence Martin ’31 1954 Floyd G. Kirkham ’27 1956 Robert H. Antell, Esq. ’43 1957 Joseph W. Alaimo, Esq. ’32 1958 Richard H. Weldgen, Esq. ’36 1959 James D. Andrews, Esq. ’37, JD ’40 1960 1961 1962 William P. Gorman ’33 1963 Russell E. Marron, Esq. ’44 1964 David L. Hoffberg, Esq. ’53 1965 Armand K. Goldstein ’37 1966 Joseph P. King ’36 1967 Robert C. Brandt ’51 1968 Julius K. Kayser ’47 1969 Peter M. Blauvelt, Esq. ’59 1970 Morton L. Bittker, Esq., JD ’60 1971 Windsor D. Ireland ’35 1972 Herbert E. Johnson ’37 1973 Peter D. Schwarz ’47 1974 Stephen Pajeski ’57 1975 Duncan O’Dwyer, Esq., JD ’63 1976 David T. Woehr ’63, ME ’65 1977 Robert H. Metcalf, MBA ’61 Past Presidents 15 CORNELL WOMEN’S CLUB OF ROCHESTER 1921 Gwendolyn Burleson ’16 1922 Ina W. Hall ’18 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 Elisabeth Keiper ’21 1928 Carroll Griminger ’24 1929 Mary Casey ’24 1930 Mary Casey ’24 1931 Elizabeth Hays ’29 1932 Agnes Wadsworth ’19 1933 1934 1935 Anna Calihan ’05 1936 Goldie Bircher ’27 1937 Bernice Baker ’25 1938 Catherine Reilly ’16 1939 Martha Bowman ’24 1940 Miriam Dye ’17 1941 Vera Spear ’24 1942 Helen McGuire ’29 1944 Beryl Haas ’32 1945 Grace O’Reilly ’22 1946 1947 Dorothy Booth ’35 1948 1949 Doris Potteiger ’45 1950 1951 Dawn Seymour ’39 1952 Arlene Hanley ’45 1953 Mary Northrup ’38 1954 Toni Linowitz ’39 1955 Arlene Hanley ’45 1956 Jean Billington ’39 1957 Jeanne Lewis ’52 1958 Ann Drumm 1959 Jane Stevens ’45, MBA ’48 1960 Joan Norton ’53 1961 Patricia Kerwick ’50 1962 Joanne Brandt ’51 1963 Eunice Hartmann ’58 1964 Beatrice Rosenbloom ’57 1965 Muriel Beahm ’56 1966 Carolyn Schwartz ’39 1967 Cynthia Ryan ’59 1968 Sally Guest Gillan ’59 1969 Carol Sue Hai ’60 1970 Marilyn Teel ’58 1971 Maxine Bittker ’59 1972 Linda Klineman ’62 1973 Peggy Taylor 1973 Heidi Payment ’63 1947 Susan Woehr ’65 1975 Toby Silverman ’60 1976 Nancy Castro ’65 1977 Connie Pajeski ’56 CORNELL CLUB OF ROCHESTER (COMBINED) 1978 Lawrence C. Teel ’60 1979 Kenneth A. Payment, Esq., JD ’63 1980 Carol Sue Hai, ’60 1981 David H. McNitt ’59 1982 Arlie W. Anderson ’47 1983 Gail Long Kayson ’59 1984 Kenneth H. Hershey ’54 1985 Susan R. Holliday ’77 1986 Toby J. Silverman ’60 1987 Toby J. Silverman ’60 1988 Laurie Phillips ’78 & Duane Phillips ’78, MBA ’79 1989 Nannette Nocon ’82 CORNELL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF GREATER ROCHESTER 1990 Nannette Nocon ’82 1991 Kenneth E. Ackley ’60 1992 Kenneth E. Ackley ’60 1993 Diane E. M. Wyant ’75, MBA’77 1994 Diane E. M. Wyant ’75, MBA’77 1995 Diane E. M. Wyant ’75, MBA’77 1996 David Pogal ’83 1997 Ross Lanzafame, Esq. ’77, MPS ’79 1998 Ross Lanzafame, Esq. ’77, MPS ’79 1999 Ross Lanzafame, Esq. ’77, MPS ’79 2000 Karen Bronson Clark, MPS ’89 2001 Karen Bronson Clark, MPS ’89 2002 Karen Bronson Clark, MPS ’89 2003 Thomas L. Cummings ’75 2004 Thomas L. Cummings ’75 16 Life Members LIFE MEMBERS Alden Covill, 1898 Ralph C. Schwartz ’08 Walter Todd ’09 Sam Guggenheim ’15 Carl Baker Katherine A. Albertson ’16 George S. Babcock ’16 Howard A. Sauer ’16 Hon. Marvin R. Dye ’17 George West ’23 Florence Sullivan ’24 Floyd Kirkham ’27 Donald Hershey ’27 Beryl Haas ’32 Kate Spiller ’32 Windsor D. Ireland ’35 Arlie W. Anderson ’47 Kirkwood E. Personius ’52, MS ’56 Russell Smith ’54 Carroll Manning ’55 Carol Sue Hai ’60 Toby J. Silverman ’60 Robert H. Metcalf ’61 Maxine Bittker ’59 Heidi Friederich ’63 Myra Gross ’60 Peter Schwarz ’47 Gail Long Kayson ’59 2003-2004 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS Past President President Vice President Treasurer Membership Publicity/Newsletter Essay Contest Program Chair CAAAN Representatives Scholarship Cheese Sales Endowment Community Outreach Historian Directors at Large Karen Bronson Clark Tom Cummings Sanjay Hiranandani Larry Dunham Mara Chan Gilbert Chan Yelena Shapiro, Alex Chernavsky Ross Lanzafame Catherine Ellison, Jennifer Smiljanich Toby Silverman Diane Wyant, Cheryl Evans Nannette Nocon Logan Cheek Gail Kayson Bob Buhite, Jack Clarcq, Kristen Hallagan, Eric Paley, Ajay Sadarangani, Betsy Wilson PHOTO CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Cover Cornell University Archives Rochester Historical Society, Rochester, NY Andy Olenick, fotowerks.com University Photography Inside Front Cover University Photography p. 4 – 5 Cornell University Archives Rochester Public Library p. 6 – 7 Rochester Public Library Cornell University Archives Cornell Club of Rochester Archives p. 8 – 9 Cornell University Archives Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Cornell Club of Rochester Archives p. 10 – 11 Cornell Club of Rochester Archives Brighton Pittsford Post Cornell University Archives p. 12 – 13 Cornell Club of Rochester Archives Birds Eye Foods Inside Back Cover Cornell Club of Rochester Archives Back Cover Cornell University Archives Special thanks to the Bob Wright Creative Group for graphic design. Members of the Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester begin the 2003-2004 season with a picnic at Mendon Ponds Park on September 13, 2003. (Membership totals 250 in 2004.) ’54, Richard Weldgen, Jr. ’67, Michael Brown ’02, Lois Niland ’74 MBA ’78, Diane Wyant ’75 MBA ’77, Mary Jane Curry ’83, Wendi Heinzelman ’95, Ellen Willand ’81, Gail Kayson ’59, Elaine Schwarz Kneeling - Peter Schwarz ’47, Tom Cummings ’75, Gilbert Chan ’95 (holding Julia), Mara Chan ’95, Juan Villalona, (dog - Blue) Sara Villalona ’94 (holding Noah) 2nd Row Standing - Russ Smith ’54 MBA ’58, James Moore ’84, Steven Heinzelman ’95 (holding Nate), Madelynn Mueller ’76, Daniel Burnside ’84 PhD ’95, Ajay Sadarangani ’91, Rebecca Lamont ’83, William Gage ’50 PhD ’58, Priscilla Specht ’49 1st Row Standing - Ross Lanzafame ’77 MPS ’79, Larry Dunham ’73, Nancy Wachs View historical documents from the club’s archives and submit your additions or corrections to our history at www.caagr.org EVENING SONG WHEN THE SUN FADES FAR AWAY IN THE CRIMSON OF THE WEST, AND THE VOICES OF THE DAY MURMUR LOW AND SINK TO REST. MUSIC WITH THE TWILIGHT FALLS O’ER THE DREAMING LAKE AND DELL; ‘TIS AN ECHO FROM THE WALLS OF OUR OWN, OUR FAIR CORNELL. WELCOME NIGHT, AND WELCOME REST, FADING MUSIC, FARE THEE WELL; JOY TO ALL WE LOVE THE BEST, LOVE TO THEE, OUR FAIR CORNELL. MUSIC WITH THE TWILIGHT FALLS O’ER THE DREAMING LAKE AND DELL; ‘TIS AN ECHO FROM THE WALLS OF OUR OWN, OUR FAIR CORNELL.