My husbands father, Henry Richard Frei, along with his brother (Walter) and sisters (Clara and Katherine) all graduated from Cornell in the 1900s. Henry Richard Freis children: my husband, Bill Frei 54, and his sisters, Pat Frei Hoar 50 and Clara Frei Frangquist 57.
Bill and I (Shirley Knox Frei 55) have four children who graduated from Cornell: Tom Frei '82, John Frei 84, Mary Frei 87, and Sarah
Jane Frei Pace '89.
Then there were the Loepp brothers, sons of Mildred Frei Loepp (who
attended Northwestern University): Richard Loepp 42, Don Loepp 43, and Paul Loepp 43.
Lastly were the Bieber cousins of Dick, Walt, Clara, and Katherine Frei. All of the Biebers (Warren, Robert, Leonard, Paul, Margaret,and Katherine) were graduated from Cornell in the 1920s and 1930s.
Shirley Knox Frei 55
A dynasty was extended to the fifth generation this fall when Elizabeth Leslie Bowman entered with the class of 2005. Her Cornell lineage: great-great-grandfather J.A. Prichard 1885 and great-great-grandmother Ella Gilmore Tabor (who took a course for teaching in the
1880s); great-grandfather Willard Clark Stewart 30; grandfather Roger Tabor Stewart 51 and grandmother Jennie Prichard Stewart
51; mother Deborah Stewart Bowman 74 and uncle Michael Roger
Other relatives: cousin Paul Tabor 72 and Martha Meredith Tabor 70; cousin Anne Tabor 74; great-great-aunt Shirley Barkland
Tabor 50 and great-great uncle Denny Tabor 47; and great-great-aunt Mary Jane Tabor Proctor 51.
I am sure there probably will be more along the way. Poor Liz has one blother father graduated from Coe (1975). Everyone has one dark secret.
Deborah Stewart Bowman 74
I graduated in 1998, my husband is Andy Ehresman 96, my mother is Beth Johnson Brubaker 61, and my father is Dick Brubaker 55. My father serves as a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees. I also had
an uncle, Bob Didelot 65.
Elizabeth Brubaker Ehresman '98
Arlington Heights, Ill.
My father, Bob Byas 44, attended Cornell in the early 40s. I believe he started in 1940 and attended until he went into the service. My brother is Bill Byas 73. I graduated in 1982.
Lori Byas Denes 82
Kansas City, Mo.
My father is the late Winthrop Aaron Olmsted 21. I graduated in 1946. Our son is Thomas Lloyd Bayles 73. Were all proud graduates of Cornell College with many happy memories of the beauty of the campus and our years there.
Betty Olmsted Bayles 46
Our son, Christopher Boyd Hutchins 04, is a third-generation Cornellian. His grandparents: Donald Demont Hutchins 43 and
Doris Ruby Borema Hutchins 43. Don was the quarterback in 1942 and 43 under Coach Scott. He graduated early in 1944 to serve as an officer in WWII. Doris majored in geology and was homecoming queen in 1942. They did not meet at school but during a Cornell-sponsored geology fieldwork in Dubois, Wyo. They named their eldest son, Donald Scott, after Coach Scott. Donald attended Cornell in 1967-68.
When Doris passed away, Don donated two geology specimen display cabinets which are dedicated to Doris and in use in Norton Geology Center. Don remarried M. Kay Blandford Hutchins and they attended
the class of 1944 50th reunion in 1994.
Nancy Long Hutchins
I was the third generaion of my family to graduate from Cornell. My great-uncle and great-aunt were Edward Wilson 1892 and Mary Webb Wilson 1892. My two uncles and their wives also were graduates: Homer W. Minish 04, who became a Methodist minister, and his
wife, Katherine Cheney Minish 05; Burton S. Minish 11, and his wife, Lucy Bryant Minish 11; and Clifford Minish, who attended the Cornell Academy (prep school) I suppose in the early 1900s.
Edward and Mary became Methodist missionaries in Chile and Puerto Rico.
Jean Minish Stoner 41
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Doug Rhoads 89 and Mark Rhoads 86 have parents that attended Cornell: Donald C. Rhoads 60 and Christy Kramer Rhoads 60. Christys mother is Grace Kidder Kramer 28 and her grandfather was James Kidder 1886, who graduated 100 years before Mark. Donalds father was Alton Jennings Rhoads 36 and his uncle was Mervin Rhoads 40. I remember raking leaves in Mount Vernon for Dougs
great-aunt, who was also a Cornellian. I believe she also had brothers or sisters who were Cornellians. Thanks for the fascinating article.
Jill Ashley-Grochowski 89
Golden Valley, Minn.
We may have the start of a dynasty. Erwin Hoeft 59 and Bev Barker Hoeft 61 have a daughter, Linda Hoeft Koltes 92, who married Troy
Koltes 91. Troys sister is Tamber Koltes Sherman 89.
Erwin Hoeft 59
Hot Springs, Ark.
Im writing to express my delight on your feature on dynasties at Cornell. Finally the college is recognizing there is such a thing.
You invited accounts of others. My grandfather was Fred H. Henry 1886. My Grandmother Little moved to Mount Vernon in the early 1900s with her two daughters and son because her husband died suddenly on a farm in Illinois. Over the years she got acquainted with most of the administrative staff and professors. She lived just off-campus and was something of an institution and a wheel in the Mount Vernon Methodist Church.
My mother and father (Naomi Henry Little 17 and W.D. Little 14), aunts and uncles (M.J. Hickman 25, Helen Little Hickman 25, and Mary E. Little 10 ), sister (Margaret Little Ely 52), and cousins were all Cornellians. When our daughter was born in 1953, I hastened to have her enrolled in the Wee C Club. That was abolished later in the
1950s and we were dropped like hot potatoes.
My grandfather made a sizable contribution toward the building of Pfeiffer and my mother cut the ribbon at its opening. She was president of the Alumni Association. They were members of the Heritage Club and left a significant amount in their will.
My sister and I have six kidsall of whom went to college. Neither they nor we were contacted by Cornell. So, any on-campus dynasty was terminated by the college.
Henry Edwin Little 47
Cornell continued the Wee C Club off and on over the years, reinstituting it about 10 years ago.
My mother had five brothers, four of whom, Im fairly sure, went to Cornell: Irving Putnam 05 and Charles Putnam 07, who became Methodist ministers; Leslie Putnam 10 (wife Neva Vey Smith Putnam 12), who became a music professor; and possibly Clyde Putnam. Charles had four children who are Cornellians: Philip Cornell Putnam 34, Pearl Putnam McKelvey 37, Paul Putnam 38, and Phyllis Putnam Minard 46. I was a niece of the four brothers.
Merle Irish Biggs 38
Efforts were made to research, verify, and expand the lineage of
these Cornell dynasty families.