The Sun, The Moon and Our 50th Reunion

Cornell is back in session after “Spring” Break (which weather-wise felt like it was in January).  But the campus is beginning to show some spring color and you can feel the students’ sense of purpose to get things finished up in a short five weeks.








Looming academic deadlines did not stop everyone on campus from pausing for a couple of hours to witness the eclipse which was 98.8% totality in Tompkins County, albeit with cloud cover.  The last total eclipse in Ithaca, in 1925, was captured in this oil painting by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Class of 1897.  Our Cornell Observatory, where we will be stargazing at Reunion, is named for Fuertes.  You can see this painting on Reunion weekend in Cornell’s Kroc Library.

While we did not have an eclipse during our time on the Hill, there were equally momentous occasions that we will celebrate at Reunion on June 6-9.

Registration for Class of ’74 events and housing is now open—just click here to register.

Plan on coming Thursday for a premier showing of a new movie with deep Cornell roots, The Artist & the Astronaut, (4:00pm Thursday), followed by a festival with food trucks, music, etc. on the Quad next to our headquarters in the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall (you are going to like the rooms, coffee shop, etc.). Thursday night also features Cornell historian, Corey Earle ’07, giving a retrospective of Cornell in the early 1970’s (to jog our memories!).

Reunion enthusiasm is running high, so get your registration in (and send me your favorite 70’s song to be included in our Reunion playlist).

We are looking forward to seeing you in June!

Sharing & Creating Memories–Participate in our Class of ’74 Memory Book

To commemorate and celebrate our years at Cornell and the 50 years since, we are creating Cornell Class of ’74 Memory Book.  Whether you are joining our 50th Reunion in Ithaca, June 6-9, or just joining in spirit, we invite you to share your memories and your life experiences with our classmates.

Our Class of ’74 has engaged a platform, BrightCrowd, which has worked with other universities and Cornell classes during reunions to create these books of memories.  BrightCrowd helps classes make wonderful, and secure, memory books.

Each classmate has been invited to make their own page for this memory book.  You can share as much, or as little, as you like about yourself, your life, your family, your Cornell memories.  It’s very easy, flexible and fun and a great way to reconnect and connect with classmates.  You can upload fun old and new photos.  You can continue to work on your page until well after our Reunion in June because you will surely be making new memories and new friends that weekend!

Your invitation to participate in this book will comes via email.  If you haven’t received one that means we don’t have a good email for you.  Please contact one of us with a working email and we will get you your invitation.

Your invitations will comes with detailed instructions.  But feel free to send any one of us your questions and we will do our best to answer questions as quickly as possible.

We look forward to seeing you in the Cornell ’74 Memory Book and at our 50th Reunion in Ithaca, June 6-9, 2024.

Marleen Kay Davis, Memory Book Co-Chair,

Diane “Kope” Verschure, Memory Book Co-Chair,

Shelley Cosgrove DeFord, Class President, 

50th Reunion Update

Dancing in the Moonlight: Our Notable Class at 50

Let’s celebrate!

Look forward to Reunion favorites and our special events:

  • Class headquarters is in Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall—a new residential complex on North Campus. No hills! Enjoy all-day Novick’s Café in RBG for lattes, bubble tea, and snacks.
  • Thursday evening Class of ’74 Food and Fun Festival—food trucks, music, hula hoops, and popcorn.
  • “Small Talks” by ’74 classmates and faculty—authors, a winemaker, a genealogist, an antiques expert—and “Small Tours” of Cornell Botanic Gardens, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the earth source heat borehole, and the Cornell Fashion + Textile Collection.
  • Live music from WVBR, featuring classmates playing old and new faves, and video highlights of our class, classmates, and Cornell in the ’70s.
  • It’s our 50th! Yikes! You don’t want to miss this Reunion.

Ready to make travel arrangements?

Wonderful! Thinking of staying off-campus? Visit the university Reunion lodging page for information on local hotels. On-campus housing reservations can be made as part of your Reunion registration in early April. Residence halls open at noon on Thursday and check-out is noon on Sunday. We’ll offer a variety of Reunion package and pricing options to flexibly accommodate attendee schedules.

Full registration details will arrive to you in late March/early April.


Contact John Foote ’74,, 617-833-7252