’94’s digs: Air-conditioned townhouses!
(Did you shack up in the Bug House or in the Fun House?)

 

Nancy Rundell’s report in the “Alumni Magazine” told it all

     Reunion was a smashing success -- a tribute to the enormous effort and efficiency of Art and Dotty Kesten. We were 276 strong, the second highest 50 Year Reunion attendance of all 58 other classes since records were first kept in 1934, and outumbered only by the Class of 1916’s total which set the 281 record at its 50th.

     And, at Saturday’s Cornelliana Night festivities, as we sat in Bailey Hall sportinq our Monteqo Bay straw hats, banded in red satin and decorated with discs flashing red lights, we were recognized for having 1994's hiqhest per-centage of returnees--26 percent.

     The Class of '44 also made its mark with a $3.14 million dollar contribution to the University. At Thursday niqht’s opening Chinese buffet dinner opener our Cornell Fund Representative, Jerry Tohn, tried to present a large styrofoam check to President Rhodes that promptly bounced in toppling off the easel again and again. President and Mrs. Rhodes enjoyed their dinner with ’44 and appreciated their personal gifts of a T-shirt (for him) and ’44's unique, hand-crafted wooden ornament depicting campus sites (for her).

But that wasn't all we gave to our alma mater. At our Friday night Class Banquet in Bartels Field House, Jerry presented another check to the evening’s guest of honor, Dr, Alain Seznec, Cornell's Librarian. This $63,000 donation was for our “Periodicals Project” (Dr. Seznec got a T-shirt, too). Next day, many of us trooped through the library’s Periodical Room to see what periodicals we were supporting. Your inquiring reporter was told that there are some 50 publications and was promised a list of same.

How about the fun?

What with spouses and Class friends, all 430 of us had a great time starting with our signing in and being assigned to ’44's Town House two-family dorms that Art had aptly named and placarded as the (Hqs) MAD House, and the nearby Art House, BUG House, CAT House, DOG House, EGG House, FUN House, GAS House, and HOT House. No one wanted to reside in the BUG House, of course, and the four co-eds sharing the CAT House took much gentle ribbing over the weekend.

It truly was an enjoyable weekend from parading around Barton behind our own band and the Rhodes to saying hasta la vista on Sunday morning. With over 400 in that Parade we were a real mob scene! We greeted and marched with many old friends and made many new ones, reminisced about campus days and other reunions, discovered common interests and planned future meetings, all the while enjoying hearty and tasty breakfasts, lunches and dinners – Chinese, surf and turf, and 1-1/4 Ib. boiled lobster and chicken barbecue on successive nights.

The weather was bright and spring-like throughout, except for late Saturday afternoon when showers forced the move of our Lobsterbake from Beebe Lakeside to our MAD House Big Tent. Highlights of the alumni activities included guided campus tours by bus to see and learn about the latest additions to our campus and a slide lecture by Martin J. Fettman '76, MS '80; DVM '80, the first veterinarian astronaut who described his October, 1993 space mission.

Other On Campus Activities

We also heard an eye-opening (pun) talk - "Sleep Alert: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sleep and Were Too Tired to Ask"- by Professor James B, Maas, Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, who educated and amused us.These, plus President Rhodes’ State of the Uni-versity address and several other of his eloquent "few words," entertained all. He’s a magnificent, speaker – and it was a privilege to hear him.

I can truthfully say that all of us were proud to be back for our 50th -and were inspired by the presence of a 1919 graduate, a 97-year-old woman, and by 1924's group of 19 returnees – ‘29, '34 and '39 were well represented, too.

I don’t know what Art will be able to dig up in the way of 50 Year Reunion photos to augment my report, but I know that he’ll make a pitch to you to send any interesting ones you might have to him for posting here now . . . or for later website posting . . .

Nancy Torlinski Rundell. AB ‘48
Class Correspondent
 
 

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