Formula: "More bodies means more fun!
(A '44 lifer, Rosanne Guinan looks back on this early gathering)

10 years out . . and soon Yuppies-to-be!

     For many of us, passing 30 was a definite milestone . . quite a few of us were just starting into our mortgage payments and learning about crabgrass - many other 44's were shepherding their young ones to school and playing vocal roles in their local PTA's . . The 50's were upon us in full force!

     After clicking on the GROUP PHOTO above and viewing the ensuing blown-up enlargement and then viewing the Men s 10th reunion photo, two things will become quite obvious to you . . We '44 women simply didn t buy into lavish, distinctive Reunion costumes . . Note that we're primly and prettily dressed and have only a white sun hat and a Reunion button to set us apart. We really didn't need much more. And we even welcomed the presence of funloving Larry Quinlivan, a male '44, who crashed our photo . . See if you can find him!

     The second thing that's immediately noticeable in viewing both 10th Reunion photos is that from a male standpoint, it apparently was much easier back then for male '44's to escape the "home environment" - house, children, and other responsibilities, et al than it was for us co-eds . . Just look at that difference in turnouts!

     And if you want to see a quantum difference in female Reunion support, just turn to the pages showing our 25th and 50th Reunion Year assemblies . . In later years, with the crabgrass under control, the kids off to college and with home lives of their own, and with many of our talented '44 women well into careers of their own and able to take weekend breaks, look at that super Reunion '69 and '94 attendance response from women . . Yes! We were a big part of the scene!

     Looking back to 1954, there were many physical changes to the campus and then President Deane W. Malott said, "We realize that the changes perhaps disturb your memories of other years, but hope you will agree that Cornell is still striving to do a superior job in the complex world that your Reunion class and a great many future classes will face."

     What were these changes in '54. . South of Sage College a completely new Engineering campus gradually took place and a new Interfaith center, Anabel Taylor Hall, arose adjoining the Law School . . Statler Hall and Teagle Hall, just beyond Barton Hall, and the Grumman Squash Courts were also major construction projects of the time . .

     At the east end of Tower Road new veterinary facilities were about to break ground . . Moakley House was erected . . And down the Libe slope and just west of the War Memorial new long-awaited permanent dorms for men were expected to house 1,350 students. Some of us faced this inevitable growth with mixed emotions yet all of us recognized that a greater Cornell was the end product..

     Some observations . . The Saturday Night Reunion Rally (now Cornelliana Night} was held in Barton Hall in '54 and not in Bailey Hall as it is today . . The Dramatic Club presentation for Reunion Weekend in '54 was THE MALE ANIMAL, an lively comedy of college life by James Thurber and Elliott Nugent . . The Alumni Ass'n offered the satin-black finished Cornell Chair with its gold striping and Cornell emblem for $29.50; express charges extra. Cornell Music, a long-playing 33-1/3 r.p.m. two-sided record, went for $4.85 postpaid while the album of four standard Cornell Records, 12 inch, two sides, 78 r.p.m., was offered at $8 prepaid. Bargains all!.

     There were numerous Alumni-Faculty panel discussions: "American Policies toward Korea and Indochina" for one and the "Peacetime Uses of Atomic Energy" - just two of the many enlightening presentations by top University and guest panelists . . And last but not least, the University Golf Course, which just before Reunion had added an additional nine holes to make it one of the most attractive 18 hole golf courses in the state, had 1954 greens fees at an incredible $1.50 . . that s less than ten cents a hole!

     Life was good in those days . . and we really did enjoy being together at that time in the familiar, but ever changing scene that was Cornell.

Rosanne Buckenmaier Guinan, Hotel ' 44
Arts & Sciences, AB 43

     Classmate Rosanne passed away at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, L.I., on September 21, 2003 at age 81 after battling cancer for a long period. Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1922, she graduated Cornell a year early in 1943 with a degree in mathematics and statistics. A longtime friend of many '44's, her constant exuberance and remarkable sense of humor are reflected in this contribution to our '44 website.


 
 

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