Class News

from our May/June 2021 Class Notes column:
Last time, I wrote that I am finding it so very interesting and amazing to know about the infinite variety of activitites involving our classmates.  Such discoveries continue.

I am writing this in late January, now two weeks after receiving my first vaccination for COVID, through our county health department.  Everything was well organized and ran smoothly in a very professional manner, without having to leave one's car.  After the actual injection, we were asked to wait a period of time in case of any allergic or other reactions and were monitored by a physician.  Monitoring our group happened to be classmate Charles Thorsen, a now-retired area physician, voluteeering his services.  Even more interesting, perhaps, is that the vaccine I received was developed and made by Moderna, a company co-founded by classmate Robert Langer, an extraordinarily successful and brilliant engineer and scientist now at MIT. Thank you, Charles and Robert!  

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from our March/April 2021 Class Notes column:
My first attempt at writing this issue's column was in late October.  The election was 15 days away.   Anxiety filled my days, and the days of those around me, both friends and patients alike.  COVID was growing.  My deadline was six weeks away, so I began writing to feel better!  I'm finished now, after Thanksgiving.  THe election is essentially over, excepting the Senate.  COVID still roars thorugh America, keeping us from being with family and valued friends.  I see my own anxiety and that of those around me and have found experiences and connections to help diminish it.

One of my recent anxiety-relieving experiences is the brainchild of Tony Chen '12, ME '12 (") of the Cornell Club of Washington, DC.  A feature of Zoom that some of you may be familiar with is the "breakout room."  Tony and the D.C. club have been sponsoring Zoom-based mixers, where any Cornellian may join.  After a brief intro, poeple are randomly placed in breakout rooms with perhaps six individuals.  We have a question about Cornell to answer, or just do introductions and bring things up.  Given the amazing variety and geographical diversity of Cornellians, these sessions tend for the most part to be very interesting conversations.  THere could be a neighbor, or an old friend, or someone that one has never met before, yet connection commences.   One of my earliest experiences with this found me in a small group with Steve Ludsin who was m next-door neighbor freshman year!  A more recent event placed me in a group with artist classmate Andrea Strongwater.  The events are scheduled to last an hour or so, yet many people wind up staying for much longer, sharing experiences and building relationships.  Interestingly, other Cornell communities are using this idea, including the Daily Sun and the Continuous Reunion Club.  Find a group and connect!

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from our January/February 2021 Class Notes column:
It is not often that this class has had a change in the writer of this column; in fact, it has only happened once before!  For about 40 years, since Cornell Daily Sun veteran the late Barton Reppert was posted overseas, Connie Ferris Meyer has labored for each appearance of this column to keep us all up to date on the lives and adventures of our fellow classmates.  I will endeavor to do the same, with your help and news.

So, you may ask, who is the new person?  Who is John Cecilia?  Some of you with extraordinary memories may recognize me from long-ago photo credits and an occasional sportds article in the Daily Sun, or as a long-ago class officer and eventually class president for a period of time.  Graduating from Mechanical Engineering, I returned to Ithaca in 1977 to attend the Johnson School, finishing an MBA in 1979.  In 1999 and 2000, I was the catalyst for beginning the Class of 1970 Scholarship, which survives and thrives to this day, thanks to the generosity of all of you.  In recent years you may have received letters from Connie and me, asking you to pay class dues.  So my name may be one of those on the edge of your memory.  And we are a Cornell familiy.  My late father, Carl Cecilia '42, and my sister Carla Cecilia Purdy '67 both walked the Hill.  I currently still work, not as an engineer but as a psychotherapist in the north suburbs of Chicago, have obtained yet another degree and becoming licensed as a clinical social worker in Illinois.

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