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Road to greatness

Tale of two rings

Stephen still haunts

Trunk holds Cornell history

Here’s why

AXE truckers, too

Road to greatness
I greatly applaud Rupert Kinnard ’79 for his story published in the spring issue of the Cornell Report. I’m profoundly deaf since birth. Like Mr. Kinnard, I “would not give up one minute of the last” 33 years of my life and am now proudly working as an art director for a well-known advertising firm (Ambrosi and Associates, Inc.) in Chicago. Thanks very much for making me feel part of “the road to greatness!”
Scott Bradach ’90

Stephen still haunts
The magazine has achieved its highest quality in my memory. (Is there any hope of getting a better title? Cornell Report has all the charm of a quarterly insurance or stocks and bonds accounting.)

I am writing principally because I appreciated, in this anniversary month of his obsequies, the degree to which Stephen Lacey ’65’s ghost (‘whiles Mem’ry holds a seat in this distracted globe!’) haunted the current issue. The intrusion of the paragraph about his founding the gay and lesbian association into President Cole’s biography was truly classic, especially to those of us able to imagine Gen Meers reading to Walt Stromer!

The much-deserved tributes to Diane Crowder were also greatly appreciated out here in La-La Land.
Howard J. Happ ’64
Reseda, Calif.


Here’s why
I read with some interest the “Why Cornell” article in the latest Cornell Report. With a few differences, I came to Cornell in a manner similar to Richard Small.

As a senior in high school (Clinton, Iowa), I had decided to join the Navy with a close friend. My father, however, had other ideas. He pleaded with me to go on to college, a privilege he never had.
I had in mind to go to a state school and I mentioned this to a friend. He and a joint friend were making plans to visit Cornell as prospective students, and I tagged along.

Well, I chose Cornell, as two of my buddies would be going there, and I liked the campus. I did not consider or look at another school either!

I am proud to report my youngest daughter (Lisa Sue Thompson Smith ’98) is also a Cornell graduate.
Gary W. Thompson ’60
Morrison, Colo.


Tale of two rings

The letterman’s ring (left) was established in the 1960s. The official Cornell ring (right), for all alumni, was unveiled this year.





Cornell HAS a school ring—I have been wearing my letterman’s club ring non-stop since 1962!

I believe 1962 was the first year Cornell offered four-year lettermen the choice of a letterman’s club ring. Mine has the Ram head on each side and the letterman’s “C” in the middle of the blue stone.

I lost the blue stone in the Pacific Ocean in front of my house a few years back and sent the ring to Jostens for repair. They returned it promptly, repaired but with no invoice. When I called to question the lack of invoice, they replied, “it’s guaranteed for life.”
Jerry Meyer ’62
Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Trunk holds Cornell history
Thanks to Charles Milhauser for his fascinating article about Thomas and Evelyn Riley Nicholson (Cornell Report, spring 2001). In her later years, Mrs. Nicholson was a resident of Bethany East, the unit of Bethany Methodist Home and Hospital in Chicago where my mother was, at the time, director. Mrs. Nicholson was a gracious, intellectually sophisticated, broad-minded woman, immensely proud of having helped to pioneer the role of women in academia by serving on the Cornell College faculty in an early day. She was delighted that my sister (Dorothy Jean Furnish ’43) and I were both Cornellians.

When she heard that my wife and I would be sailing to Europe, she gave us her elegantly equipped and highly experienced steamer trunk to make our packing easier. The Cornell family is indeed both inclusive and close!
Victor Paul Furnish ’52
Dallas, Texas

AXE truckers, too
I read with great interest “Liberal arts paved way for trucking execs” in the spring 2001 issue of the Cornell Report.

Some other trucking coincidences:  1) John Dahl ’56 and I both started our careers in truck manufacturing at International Harvester’s Fort Wayne plant immediately after graduation. John then worked for Fruehauf, Trailmobile, and TODCO group of Overhead Door in the areas of purchasing and general manage-ment. I stayed in the truck group of IH, now Navistar, and retired after 40 years. John’s last position was that of systems manager for international operations. 2) After not seeing each other for about 37 years, we both chose to retire in Hot Springs Village, Ark.  3) While at Cornell, we both were AXEs.
Erwin Hoeft ’59
Hot Springs Village, Ark.


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