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Clint Fogde '48

Clint Fogde '48 of Pocahontas, Iowa, donated the wedding dress belonging to his late wife, Arlene Alberts Fogde ’46, to the State Historical Society of Iowa. The dress was made from Clint’s G.I.-issued parachute after he “accidentally” dropped it over a farm in Pocahontas in 1946 when fabric to sew a wedding dress was rare due to rationing. The Fogdes and their two daughters participated in a donation ceremony with the Historical Society’s curator before Arlene’s death in 2005. Clint, who recently returned from an around-the-world trip, reports that his father, Arthur Fogde ’17, lived in Old Sem and milked the college cows.


Clint Fodge

Ben McAdams ’50

Ben McAdams ’50, retired superintendent of the Moline, Ill., School District and retired CEO of Arrowhead Ranch, was honored by a $100,000 donation from the owners of an insurance company who were impressed with the hours Ben has volunteered at the ranch for the past 30 years. Arrowhead Ranch is a full-service facility serving 66 troubled adolescents in Coal Valley, Ill. The arrowhead-shaped fountain at the ranch’s entrance was dedicated in Ben’s name. “I was very humbled by it and very, very surprised,” Ben said. John Ward ’83 is immediate past president of the ranch’s board of directors.

Ben McAdams

Carole Baskerville Carson '63

Carole Baskerville Carson '63 published Remembering When I Was Young and a companion coloring book for children in 2006. A third book, From Fat to Fit—Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction, will be released in April. It tells the story of her makeover (losing 62 pounds), which she chronicled in the local newspaper, inspiring over 1,000 people to lose four tons of fat in eight weeks. Carole writes a newspaper column, teaches weight loss through the Wellness Center of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, and also produces television shows for her local public station. She lives in Nevada City, Calif.

Carole Carson

Jerry Van Dyke '74

Jerry Van Dyke '74 was selected the 2006 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa. He is the principal of Linn-Mar High School in Marion. During a surprise ceremony at the school in his honor, the mayor of Marion declared it Jerry Van Dyke Day. Jerry told the auditorium full of teachers and staff, “This isn’t my award, this is yours.” He and his wife, Deb Miller Van Dyke ’75, a teacher, have a son who is 26 and a civil engineer and a daughter who is 22 and a nursing student.

Jerry Van Dyke

Laurie King '77

Laurie King '77 published an article about tracking lemurs in Madagascar, “Of Lemurs and Leeches,” in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine in March. She worked with a group of Earthwatchers who had volunteered to collect field data. Laurie also published a story about being kidnapped in Tunisia, in Lonely Planet’s award-winning anthology The Kindness of Strangers, as well as a story about her Experiment in International Living (EIL) experience in Italy during her junior year at Cornell (in the Travelers’ Tales anthology, 30 Days in Italy). Laurie publishes an online newsletter for travel writers at and lives in Novato, Calif.


Laurie King

Elie Saad '81

Elie Saad '81, a physics and math major at Cornell, earned a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America in 1988 and has worked for Bayer, or its subsidiaries, since then. He began in ceramics research and development and is now global vice president for the company’s polymer additives business operations in Leverkusen, Germany. This is the second time he and his wife, Michelle, have been based in Germany. They returned to Germany with their two boys, Eugene and Joseph, in 2006 and they enjoy skiing together as a family.

Elie Saad

Mario Robles-Richmond '92

Mario Robles-Richmond '92 runs two companies in Southern California. Triple “R” Sports provides competitive soccer for more than 1,000 area adults year-round and another 1,000 adult soccer players nationwide who compete in the Temecula Adult Holiday Soccer Classic. Xtreme World Soccer Tours and takes youth teams on international competitive tours. Mario has a 7-year-old son and writes, “I make a living by doing what I love most—I travel the world and I get to play the game I enjoy so much at least two or three times a week. And I thank Cornell College for opening those doors for me.”

Mario Robles-Richmond

Barron R.B. Bremner '96

Barron R.B. Bremner '96 graduated from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center and is chief orthopedic surgery resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Mayo has been rated the No. 1 orthopedic surgery department by U.S. News & World Report for the last 11 years. Barron has given national and local presentations on sports injuries and joint replacement surgery. He will join Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons in August of 2007. He and his wife, Britt, are excited to bring their children, Maclain, Kylie, and Tatum, back to Iowa.

Barron Bremner

Hilary Murrish '00

Hilary Murrish '00 is a senior analyst at the United States Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. As an analyst, she works with the Defense Capabilities and Management team, which focuses on the Department of Defense (DOD). Her recent engagements include evaluating the DOD’s military base realignment and closure process and the DOD’s plans for pandemic influenza. She has a master of public affairs in public policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of work, Hilary enjoys seeing the sights of Washington.


Hilary Murrish

James Thompson '05

James Thompson '05 met international opera star and Iowa native Simon Estes at a benefit concert in Monticello, Iowa, where James was the high school vocal director, and gave Estes a CD of his senior recital at Cornell. Estes later invited James to study with him at Boston University, and James is now pursuing his master’s degree in vocal performance, studying privately with Estes. The two singers performed in August at Iowa Wesleyan College. James also recently performed the role of Pepe in the world premier of the opera “Before Night Falls.”

James Thompson