Celabrating alumni achievements

James McWethy ’65, a former Cornell trustee whose support of the college has touched the fine arts facilities, Law Hall Technology Center, and most recently the Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy, received the Distinguished Achievement Award at homecoming.

“There are actions that can be taken by Cornellians that provide great benefit,” he said in his response in King Chapel. Through his professional connections, McWethy helped make initial contact with a brokerage house in Uruguay that welcomed a Cornell student for a summer internship.

The Young Alumni Award was presented to Terry Goeldner ’97, who has traveled the globe as a disaster logistics specialist and coordinated hunger relief efforts worldwide. He assisted with Afghanistan’s first democratic national election in 2004 and parliamentary elections in 2005, and most recently he was program finance officer with The HALO Trust in Afghanistan, where this nonprofit organization works to clear minefields.

The Hinmans Gene Hinman ’52 and Dorothy “Dot” Boden Hinman ’53 were recognized for their work with the national Red Cross.

Leadership and Service Awards were bestowed upon Gene Hinman ’52, professor emeritus of geology, and Dorothy “Dot” Boden Hinman ’53 for their efforts on the national American Red Cross Disaster Team. For a decade they have provided on-site assistance nationwide to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and fires.

Four Class Agents who each have given more than 25 years of service—faithfully writing class letters and assisting with reunion event planning—also received Leadership and Service Awards. Dorothy Collins Brindle ’42, James King ’47, David Klaus ’67, and Peter Holmes ’72 have a combined 200 years of service as Class Agents.