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Jack Campbell ’49

About 64 years ago, Jack Campbell ’49 came to Cornell to be a writer when Professor Clyde “Toppy” Tull told him he was “too imaginative” to be one. So Campbell, who agreed with Tull’s assessment, majored in history and went on to have a long career as a professor of history education until he retired in 1992. Coming full circle, Campbell has spent his retirement writing books, including his recent Guantanamo Remembered, a work of fiction based on his time in the Navy. Soon he plans to publish two novellas generated from his Cornell master’s thesis “Hog Butcher for the World,” based on the meat packer’s strike in the late 1940s. Campbell, who lives in Bryan, Texas, hopes to attend his 60th reunion in October.

Jack Campbell

Bruce Eicher ’54

Bruce Eicher ’54 found his life’s calling when he heard his first organ performance when he was only 5. Since then he has never wavered, and recently marked 50 years of serving Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore, Md., as director of music and organist. A celebration in his honor featured an orchestra of 35 players, a guest organist, and a conductor who performed Gounod’s “Messe Solennelle” with Bruce’s choir and soloists. Also participating was the choir of Beth El Synagogue, where Bruce also has been organist since 1963. In addition, $20,000 was raised to endow an organ scholarship in his name at the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied and served on the faculty for 28 years—allowing Bruce to further his profession in perpetuity.

Bruce Eicher

Fred Morris ’55

Thirty-four years after being kidnapped and tortured by the Brazilian military, Fred Morris ’55 was given an apology and awarded a lump-sum payment and monthly pension for life. As a United Methodist missionary in Brazil for 11 years before his 1974 expulsion, Morris had worked with Dom Helder Camara, the worldfamous Catholic archbishop. Camara would have been 100 on Sept. 26, 2008, the day Morris was flown to Brasilia for the formal apology and a meeting of the Amnesty Commission. Morris and his wife, Argentina (pictured), have retired to Nicaragua, where Morris remains active with Faith Partners of the Americas, a non-profit he formed to bridge churches in North America and the rest of the hemisphere.

Fred Morris

Craig Kuehl ’66

Craig Kuehl ’66 retired from the U.S. State Department, where he had served as a Foreign Service Officer since 1983. Upon retirement, Craig received the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award in recognition of his 27 years of distinguished service, his outstanding efforts to promote human rights initiatives at the United Nations, and his extraordinary achievements in advancing the national interests of the United States. During his career he was the recipient of two individual Superior Honor Awards and numerous Meritorious and Group Honor Awards. He and his wife, Jane Lucas, live in New York City.

Craig Kuehl

Dr. Jim Swift '76

Dr. Jim Swift '76 received the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Distinguished Service Award, given in recognition of significant contributions to education, research, and the ADEA. Jim is a professor and director of the division of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He teaches in the predoctoral and residency programs, conducts basic science and clinical research, and provides service to the institution and the dental community. He also has been involved with ADEA’s advocacy work and is the only ADEA president in recent decades to have testified before both houses of Congress (pictured with Sen. Edward Kennedy).

Guzik with a student

Greg Morrissey ’82

After teaching computer animation and multimedia for just three years since changing careers at age 48, Greg Morrissey ’82 was named Teacher of the Year at North Garland High School in Dallas. He also has been fighting an aggressive cancer for 2½ years, resulting in the amputation of his left arm and shoulder. Greg’s wife, Karen Yanko Morrissey ’83, says Greg is “an amazing fighter through this and is teaching his students more than just computer animation ... he is teaching them life lessons they will never forget.” Greg is preparing for a prosthetic arm and is no longer in treatment. He and Karen have a 13-year-old daughter, Kyle.

Greg Morrissey

Meghan Cooper ’98

Meghan Cooper ’98 had it in her mind that she wanted to help children with her law degree. She even worked cases for children while in law school under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Only one problem: “It turns out they don’t really pay you to do that.” Instead, Cooper signed on with Stringer & Rohelder, a small civil litigation firm in St. Paul, Minn. Cooper took up insurance defense cases—which she says she loves—but continues to do pro bono work for the Children’s Law Center, defending “CHIPS,” or “child in need of protective services.” On Feb. 8, 2009, she and husband Ian O’Brien ’99 (left) had a child of their own, daughter Keira Rose Cooper-O’Brien.

Meghan Cooper

Chase Whitney ’02

Chase Whitney ’02, Denver, Colo., had his “aha” moment when he discovered the link between energy and the environment. “Energy is the basis for our economy, and I don’t think people appreciate where it comes from and the impact it has,” said Whitney, now a business developer for Iberdrola Renewables, a Spain-based company that is the world’s largest owner and operator of renewable energy assets. Whitney sees wind power, the kind that covers much of northern Iowa and large parts of the Midwest, as one day being able to fulfill around a fifth of the United State’s total electric energy needs.

Chase Whitney

Amber Swenson ’05

If you happen to pick up A Searching Heart at your bookstore, the cover might look oddly familiar. But Amber Swenson ’05 doesn’t want to be known for her “random” camera work (which includes more book covers and ads for companies like Best Buy and Target), mostly because she has so much else going on. Currently studying at The Boston Conservatory getting her master’s degree in music (musical theatre), Swenson has been busy as a professional stage actor in Minnesota and with teaching the 20 students enrolled in her voice studio. Once she finishes her two-year program, Swenson plans to make the leap to New York and continue acting and, one day, teach college.

Amber Swenson
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