Class News

from our September/October 2017 Class Notes column:
As the years go by (or should I say fly by?), we receive news about the deaths of friends an classmates more and more often.  Sadly, on February 14, 2017, our classmate Julie Mather Schnuck passed away due to a glioblastoma brain tumor.  She was the wife of Scott '72, with whom she had three sons.  In 1975, Julie and Scott moved to St. Louis when Scott joined his family's business, Schnuck Markets, where Julie was a valued partner in the floral department.  Julie was active with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (her grandchildren called her "Birdie," because of her love of birds) and the Audubon Center at Riverlands in West Alton,MO.   After her glioblastoma diagnosis, in the spring of 2015, Julie boldly agreed to be Patient 1 in the a personalized, revolutionary vaccine to fight such incurable brain tumors. She and Scott were instrumental in establishing the Julia M. Schnuck Personalized Immune Vaccine Trial at Washington U.  All those who knew Julie, who was born in Franklinville, NY, loved her personality, especially her quick wit.  Her keen business sense was much respected.  For further information, find her obituaries through the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Lupton Chapel of St. Louis, MO.

Virginia Vanderslice, MS '73, who founded Praxis Consulting Group of Philadelphia, has been honored with the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Assn's Life Service Award.  It is a prestigious award for a person who has contributed greatly to ESOP, as well as to the employee ownership community.  Having more than 30 years of experience working with employee-owned companies, Ginny helped spread awareness that employee ownership is of great benefit to employees, companies, and the nation.  She is on the faculty of the Center for Organizational Dynamics at the U. of Pennsylvania, where she teaches organizational change.  Ginny is academic director of Leading in an Ownership Setting at Penn, which she founded as a program for top executives at employee-owned businesses.  Her PhD in social psychology of groups and organizations is from SUNY Buffalo.

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from our July/August 2017 Class Notes column:
It's a good time to start early plans for your trip back to Ithaca for our 50th Reunion in June 2020!  There are many aspects to a Reunion Weekend—and jobs to do—and we can use help from all of you.  Please contact me about what role you would like to have in planning our very special Reunion.  Mark your calendars (both paper and electronic versions) with these dates: June 4-7, 2020.  And be sure to check out our Class of 1970 websites:; our Facebook page,; and our Twitter page,

Johnathan Forge sent this: "My family and I have moved house, from an old terrace to an ultra-modern place, still on Sydney Harbour in Australia.  To occupy myself in my old age, I’ve committed to another book, with the title The Morality of Weapons Design and Development—more light reading—to be pub­lished by IGI Global.  Not exactly Cornell University Press, but accessible.  Best wishes to all."

In retirement, Lucinda Briggs (Bellevue, WA) is volunteering for Bellevue’s Office of Emergency Management and for a legal assistance program.  Lucinda has been taking great courses such as “The Geology of the National Parks,” “The US Constitution,” and “The History of Silent Film.”  Also, she is singing in a community choir.  Lucinda enjoys traveling as well.  Her trips include taking the Alaska State Ferry from Bellingham, WA, to Whittier, AK.  She has taken Road Scholar trips to Mt. Rushmore, the Canadian Maritimes, Mackinac Island, and six western national parks.  Lucinda reports that Yellowstone is totally the most impressive!  She finds much satisfaction in setting her own schedule every day of retirement.  She says she has no idea who she first met freshman year; however, the first Cornellians she met were her mother and father!  If Lucinda had a day in Ithaca, she would first see how the Straight has changed.  Then she would go to Oxley Equestrian Center to check out the equines.

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from our May/June 2017 Class Notes column:
Our 50th Reunion will be a full and fun weekend party in Ithaca in just three years!  The dates are June 4-7, 2020.  As always, I encourage each of you to check out our various '70 sites: our class website,; our Face-book page,; and our Twitter page,  With our milestone 50th approaching, the Class of '70 is looking for classmate volunteers to help with ALL aspects of our Reunion, both big and small.  At least two Reunion chairs would be great, or we could have a Reunion coordinator working with many Reunion committee members.  There are many aspects of Reunion that will be planned and prepared before we meet in June 2020: planning meals and menus and meeting with caterers; picking the campus venues for all events; selecting a Reunion souvenir (or not!); arranging a unique Class of '70 forum; decorating our Reunion headquarters; refreshments for headquarters (food and drink); and more! Please let me know what role you would like to fill, keeping in mind that Cornell's alumni staff is very organized and incredibly helpful with “everything Reunion”! We will all work together toward a great Reunion weekend.

During summer 2016, Phil and Andrea Schwartz (Santa Monica, CA) spent three remarkable weeks exploring the Scottish Highlands on foot and by car while traveling with two good friends from the L.A. area.  Phil says he shot “way too many images” with his Nikon.  Then in December 2016, they went on a two-week journey to Cambodia and Vietnam.  It included an eight-day cruise on the Mekong River on an AMA Waterways vessel.  Phil reports that it was an eye-opening experience, though they were not always pleasant sights (e.g., the Killing Fields sites in Cambodia).  It was a genuine exposure to life in Southeast Asia.  They explored small fishing and farming villages, met hospitable people everywhere, and visited many historically significant places.  The food in Vietnam was fabulous.  Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is a huge metropolis of 11 million people and eight million motorbikes, all on the streets at the same time!  Phil continues teaching cinematography, as an adjunct, at the U. of Southern California and Cal State, Long Beach three days a week.  He says that his life is full and completely enjoyable between travel, teaching responsibilities, preparing a photography book, and enjoying their grandchildren.  Sounds delightful!  He recently started working on his coffee table book, selecting images that he has shot all over the world since 1973.  Phil would enjoy hearing from his Cornell friend Marty Goldstein '69, DVM '73. George Staller, PhD '59, his professor in his senior Economics seminar, had a great influence on Phil when we were on the Hill.

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from our March/April 2017 Class Notes column:
Time is moving along quickly, as always.  But does it seem faster these past several years?  Our big 50th Reunion is now just over three years away.  The dates are June 4-7, 2020.  As always, I encourage each of you to check out our various '70 sites: our class website,; our Facebook page,; and our Twitter page,

Joli Adams recently retired and had surgery to get her legs working better so she can really get started on the retirement adventure!   She hopes to hear from classmates and friends.  Joli tells us that she is grateful for the reconnection with Linda Jackson, MA '73, in her last decade.  Sadly, Linda passed away on July 29, 2014.  Joli says there were many people at Cornell who had a great impact on her; however, years after leaving Cornell she discovered that one professor in particular, Eric Blackall, influenced her graduate work.  Prof. Blackall saved Austrian dramatist Arthur Schnitzler's papers from Vienna during the Nazi occupation in 1938, making it possible for her to study them.  She says he gave the best analysis she's heard as to what makes the most sense for academics during social crisis.  This was related to the weeks surrounding the Straight takeover in April 1969.  Blackall held class as usual, and the issues were discussed.

James Collyer is doing some freelance consulting while tending to a couple of not-for-profit projects.  His two daughters are blasting through high school, with the older one soon to be off to college in early fall.  Both she and her younger sister have their eyes on a Big Red prize.  When asked is there anything else he wishes he could be doing, James replied, "Living in an Asian megalopolis (now 20 years on) is too removed from nature.  More would be welcome and is frequently the target of an occasional flight to the outer islands."

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