SANDY CORNELIUS (CRISPELL)
STATESVILLE NC 28625 NURSE(LPN) Divorced 3 WOW....grades 1-4 in Varna..1 room school..then to West Hill for 5th grade...then BOYNTON for grades 6 & 7 then I think some of us went to IHS for grades 8-12.... Updated: August 9, 2011--"EXCITEMENT...WE HAVE A NEW BABY IN OUR FAMILY...MY FIRST GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER....BORN LAST NIGHT ON 8/9/11, AT 6:46 PM...VIA C SECTION......6 # 13 OZ. AND 20 1/2 INCHES LONG..HER NAME IS CALIYAH LAUREN MCCOY....SHE IS LIKE A LITTLE DOLL...THAT MAKES 4 GENERATIONS OF CRISPELL WOMEN...WOW...WOW...WOW.....I TRIED TO UPDATE IT IN THE WEBSITE BUT COULDN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO IT....VIDEO(2) ARE ON FB....MAYBE YOU CAN TELL PHYLLIS."..LOVE YA Sandy Cornelius CrispellTHIS IS THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD...SO MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED FOR ALL OF US.....YEARS WHERE WE LOST TOUCH WITH EACH OTHER WHETHER WE WERE BEST FRIENDS,FRIENDS,CLASSMATES OR CASUAL AQUAINTANCES...WE ALL FIT IN THERE SOMEWHERE ...WE SPENT 4 YEARS TOGETHER AND MORE FOR SOME OF US...NOW, THANKS TO TECHNOLOGY AND SOME DILIGENT CLASSMATES WE HAVE A WAY TO KEEP UP WITH OR IN TOUCH WITH EACH OTHER IF WE WANT TO..WE ARE ALL ADULTS NOW WITH THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS THAT ARE FOR SURE CHANGED FROM WHEN WE WERE KIDS...NOW WE REALIZE WHAT IS IMPORTANT..WE ARE ALL THE SAME NOW...WE ARE THE CLASS OF 1960...A FAMILY OF FRIENDS...THE BEST EVER...I FEEL BLESSED AND HOPE YOU ALL DO TOO..
Newfield NY 14867 Cornell Football Coach Married 2 Belle Sherman Terry's answer: Getting older, fatter, slower, poorer.
Editor's translation:Graduated from Hobart where he was a 4 year starting Quarterback, played midfield in lacrosse and was a letterman in basketball. Began coaching at Cornell while pursuing his MBA. Completed a tour in Vietnam as a Marine Corp infantry officer, where he received both the Purple Heart and Silver Star. Terry is serving his 44th year in coaching, including Cornell sprint football (since 1964),Cornell freshman lacrosse, Ithaca High School lacrosse (organized this in 1965), Ithaca College lacrosse, Upstate Lacrosse Club, the Miller Brewery lacrosse team, was National Club Coach of the year 1978, head coach of Team USA 1978, and the Ithaca Summer Lacrosse team 1968-1998. Terry has been active as an official in basketball and lacrosse for over 30 years.
Terry and Suzanne have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
Ruth Culp (Taylor)
Covina CA 91723.2835 Retired Homemaker Married West Hill School Working, working, working...Keep up the good work. You all are doing an excellant job..
when not working, we travel around the USA and see all the interesting sites the United States has to offer... NO!
Karen Dann (Day)
Castle Rock CO 80109 Married 1 Henry St. John I went to too much school - U. of Nebraska, the Sorbonne, NYU, Cornell, the Boston Architectural Center, Simmons College, and in my 50's, the University of Denver. My first post-college job was as a library intern at Uris Undergraduate Library at Cornell. I worked in academic, public and special libraries doing things like collection development, community outreach work and administration through the 70's. Married my husband, Jim, in 1971. We moved from Boston to Denver in '77, and have been in this area ever since. I did management and library consulting after our move, and raised one daughter, Hilary. Worked for a couple of national and international corporations in the high tech sector for a few years. Joined my husband in a boutique branding, marketing and design business in 2000. In late 2007 we also started a chocolate sauce company name of Izzybelle Chocolate, which sells mostly in Colorado but a little bit in New England also. Best damn chocolate sauce in the West! We do like to cook. Outside of work, for years we skiied, hiked, biked, and gardened. I was active in Democratic politics, raised money for the schools Hilary attended, and was a member of some regional and state boards. We built our own house that Jim designed. He was an architect for a number of years. I am now the ecstatic, sappy grandmother of Brooke Noel, who will be three on December 28, 2010. Live not too far from Ed Thorsland. The garden is much smaller, as is our downsized house that we share with two dogs and three cats. I am back to doing strength training, thanks to classmate Liz Horn Kurtz's encouragement. Think we are done with the skiing and probably the biking. Haven't had much time to hike but we would like to get back to it. I am still a voracious reader. So thankful for my family, friends and work! Almost forgot. I started weaving and dying fiber in the 70's. Have never had enough time for it, but still love to do it, mostly in colder weather. Have woven mostly blankets and rugs. We don't get back East very often, but we find that we still need an occasional ocean "fix". It has been wonderful to catch up on news of IHS classmates. It does make me feel just a little bit old... But I can still hop over curbs and roll in the grass with my goofy, wonderful granddaughter, so I guess I have some life left in me. Cheers!
Albuquerque NM Retired teacher, Social Worker, Psychotherapist Married 2 After graduating from Colby College in Maine, I volunteered in a German Orphanage and Blind School for 2 years on a project sponsored (originally for Conscientious Objectors) by the Quakers. Then to San Francisco for a Master's in Special Education for Emotionally Disturbed kids. I taught in NYC and Burlington, VT for 10 years and loved it. I did need a change, and luckily a Master's in Social Work program was brought to the University of VT by Adelphia University in NYC. I have had a variety of wonderful jobs in VT and NM and feel fulfilled in my career. Now in retirement for over a year and I'm in heaven!I am living, trying to figure it out, and enjoying the present! The stories I have read from you are SO moving!
I married Jim Ellison 15 years ago. He teaches mathematics and does research at the Univ of NM. For someone who never ventured west of Niagara Falls for over 50 years, Albuquerque has become home to me. The desert is quiet yet full of life, the rocks are huge and approachable, the quality of light in the sky is amazing. Our kids are in CT and CA; grandkids ages 3 months to 15 years, and yes this is an awesome time of life! We enjoy hiking, camping, some traveling, and our families! I am interested in everyone's stories and look forward to November!
Katie Detweiler (Bunnell)
Vashon Island WA 98070 retired occupational therapist Married 2 Belle Sherman I graduated from Cornell in 1965, after spending 2 years at Ohio Wesleyan where I learned to make pottery, something I have enjoyed for much of my life. I got married in 1966 and moved to Oregon with my husband to pursue a Master’s of Fine Arts, which I did not complete. After my husband finished his Master’s degree, we moved to Seattle where my twin sister, Ollie lived. My husband and I taught pottery at Cornish School for a few years, after which we began making pots full time at our studio/home in Seattle. When our family began, I became a full time mom, not having much uninterrupted time to make pots. After about 10 years, we moved to Vashon Island, an artsy community between Seattle and Tacoma in Puget Sound where we built our home and studio and where our kids, Amy and Ross attended the local school system.Amazing to read of our lives! And so looking forward to the reunion...
We were divorced in 1988, and the kids and I moved to Tacoma so I could begin school again, this time pursuing a Physical Therapist Assistant degree at a nearby community college. It was very difficult going back to school at age 46, but there did not seem to be any other choice. I worked for 2 years as a PTA in a local school district and made so little money that I decided to switch to Occupational Therapy and seek a Master’s degree at the University of Puget Sound. Again, a tough row to hoe, but I managed to get through with the support of much younger students!
My children completed high school in Tacoma, and then I relocated once again to my Vashon home which I had rented out for 7 years. I was very glad to be back on Vashon in a supportive community with old friends and an incredible sense of peace and security. I commuted by ferry daily to my OT job in a school district in Tacoma. One of my fellow commuters was a man who eventually rented a room in my large home and after many years, Del Langbauer became my husband.
Del is an avid sailor, and this has rubbed off on me in a big way. I have sailed most of my life, but Del has the skills and safety awareness that makes sailing a real joy. He has a 34’ sloop which is very sea worthy and comfortable for extended trips. I have learned much from him, and each year we go off on 2 trips for 3 to 4 weeks. Our favorite playground is the outside of Vancouver Island where we have visited Barkley Sound, Clayoquoit Sound and Nootka Sound. There are wonderful fjords to explore, abundant wildlife and peaceful anchorages. Few people venture out the Straights of Juan de Fuca, so nothing is crowded. And the winds on the outside afford us some fantastic sailing! The only drawback to sailing on the outside is that we can’t get off the boat to walk around and stretch our legs, as the wilderness comes right down to the shore. And as we age, we get very stiff; so this summer, we elected to go up the inside to a wonderful cruising ground called Desolation Sound which is not so far away, and settlements are all around. We were able to get off the boat a lot, go swimming in relatively warm water, and do some hiking, all of which kept us limber. Unfortunately, on the inside, there is not much wind, and we sailed very little. Perhaps, setting out earlier in the summer would afford us more winds for future excursions.
I worked as an OT in the Vashon school district for a number of years until I retired five years ago. It was wonderful not having to commute, working in my own community and being so close to home! I have found working with disabled children a very rewarding career, and only wished I had discovered this years earlier.
In addition to sailing, I am beginning to do pottery again. I also like to swim, garden, knit, and read, and I volunteer at a local art gallery. Living on this island is a wonderful experience in itself, with its strong sense of community; I would count myself lucky to stay here for the rest of my life. And it would be a wonderful place for grandchildren to visit, if ever I should have any!
If you had it to do all over again, what would you change?
I would like to have discovered the Occupational Therapy field sooner.
Ollie Detweiler (Royer)
Seattle WA 98107 nurse Single Again 2 Belle Sherman 1960 seems a lifetime ago. I couldn't wait to leave Ithaca. School never was much fun. I remember in 5th grade, in Belle Sherman, we had a "vote", for Eisenhower or Stevenson. I was the only 5th grader voting Democratic. My views have continued down the liberal path, and I never follow the rule of not talking about politics or religion! One thing I really enjoyed while in school, was Cornell's Farm and Home week, which I was allowed to attend during school and in the evenings. I was fascinated by what I learned of jungles and the world beyond the US border.
I attended the University of Washington, starting in oceanography and ending up with a Master's degree in Greek and Latin. I taught at Seattle Pacific College, which was almost an evangelical college, back then. I told them I was a Quaker (I like the Quaker social justice bent and the activism), deciding that donning the Quaker robe would more likely get me the teaching position, since Quakers are Christians, and Buddhists are not.
I married, in college, and had a son, who says his favorite time growing up was the 4 years we lived on a commune, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. We started a Single Parents commune, when he was 7, and he had built in playmates during that time. At the same time, I started nursing school, and it was challenging, not having electricity or a washing machine. I studied by kerosene lamps and received my RN in 1976. I married my second husband and we had a daughter. We then moved to eastern Washington, where many Back-to-the-Landers ended up. We lived on a farm with my sister Molly Detweiler and her family, where we raised goats and chickens, kept horses, and a pet milk cow. I also had a nursing job at a tiny hospital nearby.
I returned to the West side of the Cascades with my 2 children in the mid 80's, and got a nursing job at the state trauma hospital in Seattle. I also started traveling a lot. When my daughter stayed with her father, I did a nursing stint in Australia with the Aborigines, on the Great Sandy Desert. Some of them took me on walkabouts, when they hunted BIG lizards and we ate them, roasted over a fire, on the desert. Being the only white person and the only medical person was a challenge, but I had no babies to deliver or bones to set. Lucky me!
I also traveled to Latin America lots - I did nursing stints in both south Mexico and in Guatemala, at an orphanage along the Rio Dulce. I
wished I had taken Spanish in high school, but I had bought into the prejudice of my parents, who said that I should take Latin and German. I started Spanish when I was in nursing school, and I took private lessons in Guatemala and Nicaragua, at the start of each visit. My favorite country in Central America is Honduras - less development there, mountains and rivers to explore, and of course the Bay Islands, for scuba diving. I have visited many countries in South America, from where I boated to Antarctica, which is one of my favorite places in the world. From our icebreaker, I sea kayaked through exquisite ice bergs and fell in love with penguins. Bolivia is my favorite South American country - Lake Titicaca had always been on my radar. The headwaters of the Amazon are claimed by many countries, Bolivia among them, and Ecuador, too. In the rivers of the headwaters are pink dolphins, and the guide in our canoe said there were no piranhas, if the dolphins were around. Of course I went swimming!
I began traveling to SE Asia, after my daughter left home. The first year I
traveled to Burma, and it was good that I could see Burma, because now I do
nursing in internally displaced persons' (IDP) camps for indigenous tribes along the Thai Burma border, and I can no longer ethically travel way inside Burma. I so enjoyed Inle Lake, the large lake in Shan state where fisherman row their boats with their legs and there are floating gardens. Sadly, this lake is drying up. I have been nursing in the IDP camp for 5 years, and I have enjoyed watching the changes which occur, children growing up, and the medical services improving. During the past 5 years I have stayed for various periods, from a month and 1/2 down to 1 week. And yes, it is getting harder - there are no chairs and no sit down toilets, and my knees are complaining! My third time there, I got bitten by a dog - didn't see it coming, and it bit me behind my leg; I saw it hanging off my leg. We watched the dog for 10 days, and then I walked back into Thailand and started rabies shots. The dog probably wasn't rabid, but if it was, I would have died without the shots. The day before I walked out, the tied up dog lunged at a man, and the dog was killed, quartered and eaten, though not by me. My problem has always been my lack of speaking/knowing the Shan language, much less, Thai, which is similar to Shan. Perhaps I will study Thai for a couple months - there are computer courses, like the Rosetta Stone - before I return to SE Asia in late February.
I have always done adventures, apart from my nursing across the border, in SE Asia. I scuba dive a lot. The Andaman Sea is wonderful, and last March I dove around Flores, in Indonesia, where we saw manta rays and sharks, etc. I also saw the Komodo dragons; they are very scary and mean. Laos is a wonderful country to explore as it hasn't been spoiled by tourism, like Thailand. I spent 3 glorious days in NW Laos, living in a tree house, and swinging on zip lines 300 meters above the jungle floor and 500 meters from ridge to ridge across the valley floor. And then in south Laos, after spending 2 weeks nursing in little villages with the Aloha Medical Mission, I explored by motor bike the Bolaven Plateau, which is full of beautiful waterfalls.
So, life has been full and interesting. I have taken up river rafting and kayaking and have enjoyed many big rivers in the west, including the Colorado, the Snake River through Hell’s Canyon, and the Rogue River in southern Oregon. When I am not adventuring, I still work as a nurse. I do Hospice nursing, and I feel it is a privilege helping in the dying process. I am awed by a spouse who cares for his/her partner to the very end.
And I remain hopeful that our citizens will figure out that the greater good is better than the greed of a few individuals who try to buy influence. I have always felt that people should know in their heart "what is enough". Also, in regards to dying, what is enough? What is it that makes people afraid to die?
I know Katie will be attending the reunion. I'll be in Ecuador, taking part in an Ayuahuasca experience with Shamans, near the Amazon, and then going diving in the Galapagos. Enjoy the reunion!
Ollie Detweiler Royer
Freeville NY 13068 Owner/Innkeeper - Bed and Breakfast Widowed 4 Morris Chapel My life has been a wonderful adventure. I met Dick Donlick (Johnson City High)in October of 1963 and we were married in January of 64'. Dick was a senior at Ithaca College and I was working for NYSEG.
Rich taught Phys. Ed. and coached for several years. We moved around as Dick taught and coached at Morrisville, and also at schools in the Binghamton area, Union Endicott, Catholic Central and Seaton Catholic High School. At this point in our lives, we were the proud parents of a daughter (Natalie) and a son (Richard) born two years apart.
Encouraged by dear friends, we decided to move to Sarasota, Florida and spent two years in that area where I worked for a group of engineers and Dick returned to teaching and coaching.
We later returned to the Ithaca area where Richard completed his MS degree. We both worked for Ithaca College during this time. Then we packed up and returned to Florida
After returning to Sarasota, Dick expressed an interest in a career change and we made the decision for him to pursue his goal of becoming a Family Practice physician. Our sons David and Daniel were born in 72 and 75, so when Dick entered medical school in the Philadelphia area we had four children in tow. Sounds crazy, but these were some of the best years of our lives.
Long story short, after seven long years Dick completed his goal and we settled in Groton, New York. Dick and I worked together for many years serving the Groton Community. I handled the administrative aspects of his medical practice.
In September of 1999, Dick passed away very suddenly and my life turned upside down. With two of our children married with children, and two sons planning to marry within the next year, I needed something to do with my life.
After brain storming with dear friends various options, I chose to open a bed and breakfast in my home. I have been running Bountiful Blessings B&B for nearly eleven years. I serve on the marketing committees for both the Cortland and Ithaca B&B Associations. You can find me online at www.bountifulblessingbb.com
I am active in the Rotary International and especially enjoy working with youth. I have served on the district committee for Youth Exchange for several years, as country contact for Poland and Russia.
Last year I was selected as the Team Leader (Rotary International) of a Group Study Exchange Team. Leading a team of young professionals for a month to the UK. I had the time of my life! We stayed with host families and visited Rotary Clubs throughout the Northeast of England. I have also, been active in the Groton Business Association, Town Planning Board, APHNYS, Historical Societies, and serve as Deputy Historian for Groton. My lifelong hobby has been genealogy and I often assist others with their research.
Being born with a touch of the 'wanderlust' I have traveled to many, many parts of this world. I am ready to pack a suitcase in a minute and love both 'freelance' and organized travel.
I haven't thought about retiring until this year, but perhaps, it is time to think about my golden years. The children are all settled. My daughter Natalie is a homemaker; Richard Jr. is a physician (internist), near Philadelphia, David is in upper management at a auto dealership in Auburn, and Daniel is a lawyer in Maryland.
All in all, I have had a wonderful life, interesting, exciting, and full of wonderful friends and a big family. Ranging in age from newborn to 21 years, I have ten granddaughters and five grandsons and grandchild number sixteen is expected to arrive in December. Certainly, my life has been 'bountifully blessed'.
When I graduated fifty years ago, I did not have a clue what God had in store for me. As my Richard used to say "who would have 'thunk' it.
I hope to make it to the reunion in November. I am going to give it a try.
Update After thirteen years I decided to retire and shut down my B&B. I miss meeting all the wonderful guests and the fun, but it was time. My life has always been blessed with wonderful surprises and I am anxious to see what God has in store in the years ahead. My days are filled with Family,friends and interesting activities. Looking forward to the 75th this summer. Wishing everyone bountiful blessings. See you soon.
Marilyn Dropkin (Hoffman)
Williamsburg VA 23188 retail sales Widowed Belle Sherman Attended University of Miami. My husband worked for NYSEG. Thirteen years ago he retired and we followed our dream and moved to Colonial Virginia. Eight years later he died unexpectedly in surgery.
Having retail experience at J C Penney's in Ithaca, I remain in the same field, working in retail sales at Colonial Williamsburg. I enjoy being around people and will keep working to stay busy. I will not be able to attend the reunion - a busy holiday season opens at that time and I will not be allowed to take time off.
Cortland NY 13045 Resident Engineer Married 2 East Hill Working in the highway construction industry for the New York State Department of Transportation. Spent fifteen years in Binghamton and twenty three in Syracuse. Retired from the state in 1999. Went to work for Om Popli, a consulting engineering firm, in Rochester, later C&S Engineers in Syracuse. This year I'm working on highways, bridges in Poughkeepsie, Syracuse and Elmira. Have also worked on several Airport Projects and 2 summers on the NYS Barge Canal @ Rotterdam Junction, NY. I also fly with the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation of Toms River, NJ. Four years as "Load Master"; engine scanner; flight attendent; museum tour guide. Plans are to make a return trip to the former Ramey U.S. Airforce Base in Aquadilla, Puerto RicoJoel Ekholm passed away on March 10, 2012. His obituary may be found under our "Deceased Classmates" section on this website.
I'm married with two daughters and five grandchildren.