Class News

from our January/February 2018 Class Notes column:
A new day and a new year, 2018!  When we were all thinking (and perhaps worrying, too) about the New Millenium, I was not imagining how swiftly the following 18 years would go by.  We are now two and a half years until our 50th Reunion at Cornell.  Now, that is amazing!  So often, these days, I seem to feel and see the signs that our time on the Hill was so long ago.  However, at the same time, when I think of our undergraduate years, I can quickly be transformed back to a much younger version of myself -- at least in my mind!  Our 50th Reunion weekend is June 4-7, 2020.  Please be sure to check out our various sites: Class Website,; Facebook page,; and Twitter page,

Classmate Jomarie Alano, MBA '82 has written and published a new book, A Life of Resistance: Ada Propero Marchesini Gobetti, 1902-1968.  Her book was published by University of Rochester/Boydell & Brewer.  Ada Gobetti was a writer, translator, teacher, and women's rights activist who began her lifetime of resistance and her fight against fascism in the early 1920s.  She organized other Italian women (whom she viewed as a political force) against German occupiers and fascist oppressors.  Ada fought for the ideals of grassroots democracy, women's rights, and democratic education for the rest of her life, in addition to writing.  Jomarie is a visiting scholar at Cornell's Inst. for European Studies.  She is also the translator and editor of Ada Gobetti's Diario Partigiano, which was published by Oxford University Press as: Partisan Diary: A Women's Life in the Italian Resistance.

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from our November/December 2017 Class Notes column:
As 2017 is drawing to a close, I wish you all a very tasty and happy Thanksgiving and wonderful holiday celebrations in December.  May you all enjoy a healthy, happy, and less stressful New Year in 2018!

With the turning of the calendar to 2018, we are getting even closer to our 50th Reunion in June 2020.  Our ’70 leadership team and core 50th Reunion committee is moving ahead with plans for this special celebration weekend, June 4-7, 2020.  However, we are always on the lookout for and in search of any and all classmates who want to join the committee.  Committee work can be in a very specific way or in a general manner.  We welcome suggestions and ideas, as well as questions and comments from all of you.  Please contact me at:  I look forward to hearing from many of our fellow classmates from the Legendary Cornell Class of 1970.  Please read more on our three sites: class website,; Facebook page,; and Twitter page,

Drew Copeland, PhD ’77 (Westlake Village, CA) is currently consulting for a small laser company, which is modeling solid-state disc laser performance.  His two daughters, 26 and 28, were both married in 2017.  Drew would like to be spending more time reading and studying math and physics—”my real loves in life.”  Two Cornell professors had a great impact on Drew: AEP professor Arthur Kuckes, who he worked for for two summers while at Cornell; and Prof. Chung Tang, MA ’76, who was his PhD thesis advisor in 1977.  Elliot Kronstein is a prosthodontist and founding partner of the Restorative Dental Group of Cambridge.  Presently he is one of nine dentists in the practice that specializes in restorative, implant, and cosmetic dentistry.  Elliot has a special interest in cosmetic tooth support and implant restorative dentistry.  He has led and been involved in numerous colleges, academies, study clubs, residency and education programs, and societies, all of which deal with his practice and knowledge of prosthodontics.  He is also the chairman of the board of the Precious Project (, a US 501(c)(3) and a Tanzanian NGO.  Elliot and the Precious Project are working to halt the recurring cycle of poverty that exists in a small Tanzanian village of 3,000.  A residence for 14 abandoned or orphaned children and a much-needed primary school for 180 children have both been established by this organization.

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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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