High Line & High Balls: TOUR SOLD OUT Reception has plenty of Room

The [Notable] Class of 1974 is planning a [Notable] Tour of High Line in NYC, followed by a [Notable] reception at the Historic Frying Pan on Pier 66!   We have arranged a private tour of the High Line, with the Director of Design.  This 20-block-long innovative and award winning linear urban park has been created on an elevated rail line through the industrial zone of the West Side of Manhattan. It is unique.

Our tour will conclude at 34th Street and Pier 66, where we watch the sunset over the Hudson River along with a reception at the Historic Frying Pan on Pier 66. This ship is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been closed for renovations over the last few months.  We will be one of the first groups to enjoy the updates.

Learn more about the event, and RSVP here.  We need to arrange docents, so please try to RSVP for the tour by April 24. If you miss this deadline, let us know if you are interested in the tour, and we will see if we can fit you in.  With or without an RSVP, please join us at the reception.


Chapter House Fire

A recent fire has destroyed two buildings, although, thankfully, no deaths nor serious injuries have been reported. The fire broke out in the early morning hours at the site of the well known Chapter House on Stewart Avenue.  Read about the fire in the Cornell Chronicle.  Two Class of 1974 alumni are quoted in an article about Alumni reactions, in the Cornell Daily Sun.  Finally, give support for efforts to rebuild the Chapter House in an online forum.

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Mia’s World Radio Show

Notable classmate Randee Mia Berman focuses on Cornell 150 during April, on her own radio show, each Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. at www.cityworldradio.com.   Her programs are archived on the site. City World Radio is a leading provider of high-definition internet radio programming. 

Cornell Alumni Magazine

The Spring 2015 issue of the Cornell Alumni Magazine is a special sesquicentennial issue and features a wonderful article about a no-time-constraints dinner party honoring 24 of the most notable Cornellians.  Christopher Reeve ’74 sits two chairs over from Ezra, across from Kurt Vonnegut, next to astronaut Mae Jemison and Nobel winner Pearl Buck.  Also included is a photo honoring 156 of Cornell’s most respected current faculty.  Our classmates Nina Bassuk ’74, Horticulture; Barry Strauss ’74, History; and Mariana Wolfner ’74, molecular biology and genetics, are members of this august group.

Cornell Alumni Magazine has a new editor, Jenny Barnett, who is producing a fond, funny, readable, objective view of Cornell for Magazine readers.  Kudos to our [Notable] classmate Bill Howard ’74 who is Chair of the Cornell Alumni Magazine Committee.  This is the oversight body for the independent alumni publication, one of the oldest in the country.

To receive this great magazine over the next year, you need to pay your class dues.  Dues also support our class.

Each issue of the Cornell Alumni Magazine also contains news of classmates, compiled by our class correspondents.  Click here to submit news for the magazine.

Cornell Celebrates 150 Years in 2015

Join the Celebration: April 24–27, 2015

On April 27, 1865 the governor of New York State signed the bill that officially established Cornell University’s charter. Now, 150 years later, we’ll spend a four-day weekend commemorating this day in our history–the day that defined our land-grant mission and set the stage for generations of Cornellians to help, to solve, and to transform the world.

Charter Day Weekend is filled with more than two dozen official events celebrating the global contributions of Cornell alumni, faculty, staff and students. Additional campus activities will take place throughout the weekend—everything from athletic events and special exhibits to the unveiling of the Sesquicentennial Ice Cream. All events are open to the public.  Limited video streaming opportunities will be available throughout the weekend.

Learn more…

Alumni Association Launched YouTube Channel

The Association’s collection of videos including reunion recaps, homecoming highlights, guest lectures, and more.

Check out the channel here


In case you missed it, or if you want to relive it, we now have a YouTube video from the class reunion. Thanks to Scott Gillin ’74 for putting it together.

Elizabeth Garrett, USC provost, named Cornell’s 13th president

The Cornell University Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern California, as Cornell’s next president. Garrett will assume the presidency July 1, 2015.

The board’s approval followed the selection of Garrett by a Presidential Search Committee that was formed in March 2014 after current President David J. Skorton announced he would be leaving Cornell on June 30, 2015, to become the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Garrett will be the first woman to lead the university.

“I am honored to have been selected as the next leader of this remarkable institution,” Garrett said. “Cornell is one of the world’s truly great universities, with a stellar commitment to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity, linked with a deep commitment to public engagement. I am excited to join the Cornell community and to work with the faculty, staff, students and alumni to chart the next chapter in its illustrious history. Andrei and I also look forward to joining the vibrant Ithaca community.”

Garrett is married to Andrei Marmor, professor of philosophy and the Maurice Jones Jr. Professor of Law at USC, who will be joining the Cornell faculty as a full professor with joint appointments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Law School.

“I am proud today to welcome Beth Garrett as the next president of Cornell University,” said Robert Harrison, chairman of the board of trustees. “Beth has not only distinguished herself as an inspirational leader, thinker and scholar, but she also embodies the values and traditions that have placed Cornell at the forefront of the increasingly global field of higher education. She is going to be a great president.”

Garrett was appointed to her current position at USC in October 2010. As the university’s second-ranking officer, she oversees the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences as well as the Keck School of Medicine of USC and 16 other professional schools, in addition to the divisions of student affairs, research, libraries, information technology services, student religious life and enrollment services. She also is actively involved in the Keck Medical Center of USC, sitting on the USC Health Systems Board that oversees three hospitals and 18 clinical practices, as well as chairing the Keck Medical Center Oversight Committee.

She is the Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor of Law, Political Science, Finance and Business Economics, and Public Policy, and she served previously as USC’s vice president for academic planning and budget. Garrett’s primary scholarly interests include legislative process, the design of democratic institutions, the federal budget process and tax policy. She is the author of more than 50 articles, book chapters and essays, and is co-author of the nation’s most influential casebook on legislation and statutory interpretation, now in its fifth edition. At Cornell, Garrett will be a tenured faculty member in the Law School with a joint appointment in the Department of Government in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Garrett has an exemplary record of public service. In 2005, President George W. Bush appointed her to serve on the nine-member bipartisan Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. From 2009 to 2013, she served as one of five commissioners on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the state’s independent political oversight agency, and was a co-chair of its Subcommittee on the Political Reform Act and Internet Political Activity. Before entering academics, Garrett served as budget and tax counsel and legislative director for Sen. David L. Boren (D-Okla.) and clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Garrett was elected a Harold Lasswell Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. She serves on the board of trustees of Internet2, which aims to accelerate research, advance education, and improve the delivery of public services through innovative technologies.

Before joining the faculty of USC, she was a professor of law at the University of Chicago where she also served as deputy dean for academic affairs. She received her B.A. in history with special distinction from the University of Oklahoma and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Marmor is the author or editor of 10 books, including the recent “The Language of Law” (Oxford University Press, 2014). He directs the USC Center for Law and Philosophy and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy. He received his LL.B. and B.A. in philosophy from Tel Aviv University and his D.Phil. from Oxford University.

“Our six-month search for Cornell’s next president has reached an exciting and historic conclusion,” said Jan Rock Zubrow, chairman of the Executive Committee of the board of trustees and of the Presidential Search Committee. “As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Cornell’s founding, we are proud to add Beth to the long line of exceptional Cornell presidents. Her talents, experience and vision make her the ideal choice to lead Cornell into its next 150 years.”

Zubrow led a search committee of 19 individuals representing a cross-section of Cornell constituencies, including trustees, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, employees, the Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences, senior administration, and alumni. The committee was aided by two former board chairs who served as advisers.

“I congratulate the search committee on its terrific choice of Elizabeth Garrett as Cornell’s 13th president,” said Skorton. “I look forward to working closely with her over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and a successful start to what I am confident will be her exceptional tenure at Cornell. Robin joins me in welcoming both Beth and Andrei to the Cornell family.”

Ithaca is Ranked Best College Town in US

Ithaca has been named the best small (population under 250,000) college town in America. The American Institute of Economic Research released its College Destination Index which ranks towns based on academic environment, quality of life and professional opportunity.

Here’s a Business Insider article about the rankings.

Class Photo Archive Now Available

Classmates enjoy viewing videos and photos at our Class of 1974 phanfare website. Bill Howard ’74 has created a memorable, fast-paced Reunion Video with a collage of images from the 70’s to the 35th Reunion in 2009. Additionally, the website has albums with photos from the Reunion as well as form past decades. You can even view pages from our Yearbook or the infamous “Pigbook.

The phanfare site is password protected: contact us is you have forgotten the class password.