Cover to Cover
I read the Cornell Reports cover to cover for there are always so many items that bring back memories or help me recall events long forgotten. In the summer issue, for example, I was happy to learn that I was in school with Nancy Price46 who wrote the very popular Sleeping With
the Enemy. I was sorry to hear about the death of Howard Orms 43 whom I had run with on the track team and who later was the drama
coach of Kathleen Turner. The day I read this I had seen her interviewed on the Regis and Kelly TV show.
I knew my good friend, the Rev. Richard Moore 39, had longtime connections to Cornell but not until I read about Dynasties did I recognize the relationships of the Swords, Fosters, and Mooresall friends and colleagues have had in my ministry. Victor Paul Furnishs 52 letter telling about his relationship with Evelyn Riley Nicholson brought back my senior year at Cornell when
Mrs. Nicholson opened her home to me and one or two other male students. The dorms had been taken over by the Navy. I still have some of the books she gave me from her Bishop husbands library.
I could mention more but perhaps this is sufficient to let you see the variety of ways your publication touches just one life.
The Rev.Don Struchen 45
Yes, we're older
Thank you for the article, Who was Cornell?, in the summer issue. This article included information that we dont recall hearing before.
We probably share with many other alumni the necessity of explaining to people, No, we didnt attend the university in New YorkWE WENT TO CORNELL COLLEGE IN MOUNT VERNON, IOWAAND ITS OLDER THAN THE UNIVERSITY." Now you have given us detail with which we can explain our origin and our name more fully.
Ken Henrich 42 and Eloise Brown Henrich 41
Thank you for the reference/picture of the Lupton-Gable connection with Cornell. I speak for our family in saying we appreciate the
Near the end of my first semester at Cornell, Judge Littell called me to his office and said, Gabby, your uncle, Howard, was an excellent student, as was your father, Jim. Now my question for you, Gabby, is this: What in the hell happened to you?
I replied, Well, Judge, there seems to be a black sheep in every family, and among the Gables and Luptons, I guess its me. He laughed heartily and gave me a grade of C. That pretty well summarizes my academic record at Cornell.
Winton Gable 51
Las Vegas, N.M.
I was intrigued by your story on multi-generational Cornellians (what a wonderful idea!) and wanted to let you know of two such Cornell families whose paths linked when my husband, Roger Reitzel 76,and I married in 1977. Rogers familys Cornell roots begin with a very colorful and accomplished graduate, Raymond Reitzel 12 (he received the Alumni Achievement Award in 1973). Ray tells some wonderful stories that vividly bring turn-of-the-century Cornell to life. Theyre contained in his memoir, All in a Lifetime, which he wrote for his grandchildren (our copy is, in fact, signed Dear Roger, Congratulations on your going to Cornell College, which tells me his Mount Vernon experience still meant a great deal some 60 years later). His sister, Bessie,also attended Cornell but did not graduate. Next in line to graduate was Raymonds niece, Lois Reitzel 39. And finally came Roger, Raymonds great-nephew.
The Reitzels pursued a wide variety of professions: Ray was a physician and University of California-Berkley professor, Lois (now
deceased) a teacher, and Roger a stand-up comic, commercial actor, and television writer.
My familys Cornell connection began with my father, Gerald Koenig 49. He was part of the generation for whom college must have been a surreal experience, returning from the gritty life-and-death responsibilities and unbridled off-duty recreations of war to rarefied academic life. In Cornells case, it meant no alcohol (although dodging the deans eagle eye for an occasional beer in Solon did take place),
daily chapel, and spending the first few months living in the hall of zero-deck Merner due to overcrowding in the wars wake.
I, Geralds daughter, came next, graduating in 78. I was followed by my sister, Julie Koenig-Hill 81, who witnessed the historic conversion to One-Course-At-A- Time.
My familys tradition continues with a current Cornell connection: Geralds great-niece, Kristen Koob 03, is every bit as smitten as
the rest of us.
As for our professions, my father started a cold-storage food warehouse business in Fort Dodge, my sister was in hotel management, and I was a newspaper editor until I decided to take some time off to be with our children three years ago.
Lisa Koenig Reitzel 78
||A Cornell dynasty with nearly 30 members began with Grace Terrill Baker '08 and Earle A. Baker '08, a 30-year member of the board of trustees.
The Baker family dynasty includes nearly 30 members. Among them are my parents, Earle A. Baker 08 and Grace Terrill Baker 08. My father was a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees from 1928 until his death in 1958 and was vice president of the college from 1948 to
1957. All of their children attended Cornell: Ruth Baker Thompson 32, a Phi Beta Kappa member (daughter Mary Beth Thompson Wells 58); Richard T.Baker 34, a Methodist minister who graduated Phi Beta
Kappa (wife Marjorie Coleman Baker 35, also Phi Beta Kappa, and son Coleman Earle Baker 68 ); Beth Baker Mast 37 (daughter artist Sara Mast 78 was honored as a Visiting Alumni Leader in 1997); and Marjorie Baker Fish 42, also Phi Beta Kappa (husband David Fish 47,brother-in-law Donald Fish 44, and son Don Fish 72).
Earles sister was Ella Baker 08 Phi Beta Kappa), who married Lewis Bradford 08; his brothers were Clyde E. Baker 08 and William
Nicholas Baker 13. Earle, Clyle, William, and their brother-in- law, Lewis, were all Methodist ministers. One other brother who didnt attend Cornell sent his daughter, Martha Baker Phelps 59.
Clyde Baker had five children who went to Cornell: Maynard Baker 29, Kenneth Baker 32, Drew Baker 33, Robert Baker 38, and Faith Baker McKay Parsons 39. Williams son is Francis Baker 35.
In the Coleman family is Jessie Wilcox Coleman 08 (son Lester Lyman Coleman II 35, who married Lois Nyweide Coleman 37).
My father, mother, and aunt, Ella, all received Phi Beta Kappa status when the chapter was established at Cornell in 1924. My father and brother both received honorary doctorates from Cornell.
Beth Baker Mast 37
My sister tells me there is a plaque by the front door of the Field House with our fathers name on it and that Hedges Conference Room in
The Commons is named for our father, Charles Hedges 12. He became a Cornell trustee in 1929, a member of the Executive Committee in
1934, and served as secretary of the board from 1939 until his death in 1973.
Charles father, Darius Hedges,was sent to the Cornell Academy by his stepfather (his father was killed in the Civil War) and graduated about 1880. His other children were Bess B. Hedges Maulsby 13 (husband Arch Maulsby 12 ) and Ivan Hedges 20 (wife Alice Thomas Hedges 24 ). Charles wife was Helen Hopkins Hedges 13.
Making up the third generation are my sister, Margaret Hedges Gough 38 (husband Vincent Gough 37 ), myself (husband Donald M.Current 45), and our cousin, Jeanne Maulsby Currie 37. My husbands brothers are Harlan Current 37 (wife Margaret Ruth Risser Current 37) and Norman Current 40 (wife LeNore Simpson Current 39).
The fourth generation includes my children, Judith Current 73 and Anne Current 75.
June Hedges Current 46