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.
Daytona Beach Shores FL Married 3 Belle Sherman I attended Cornell after graduating from IHS. One day in the Ivy Room a girl I faintly recognized - and who knew me by sight only - asked if I would be a fourth for bridge. Jean Torrant (IHS '60) and I were married in 1965.
Jean and I moved to Daytona Beach Shores, Florida in 2002. I fly fish and kayak. Jean works out at the Y and maintains order in our home. We both walk on the beach, bask in the sun, and enjoy the laid-back life.
Between 1965 and today we raised a daughter and two sons, who in turn are raising five grandchildren. Jean had a career in production control and I taught English and related subjects in high school. From '65 until '02 we lived in the Cortland - Homer area, except for a year when Jean worked setting up a plant in Mexico and I flew back and forth as often as I could.
I have not figured out what happened or how we got to what we are today. I haven't even figured out why I accepted the invitation to play bridge? Yup.
Miss Neighbor had the most influence upon my academic expectations.
Gaithersburg MD 20878 Toxicologist Married 2 I spent 4 years at Cornell and earned a BS in genetics, another 1.5 years at Cornell for a MS. From 1966-1968 I served in the army in Ft. Bliss, TX. Went to UVa for my PhD in 1975 (ok, I fished a lot). Three years at Einstein School of Medicine as a Postdoc. I finally realized basic research was not my thing, but liked to apply science in applied situations. I joined the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1978 and have worked there ever since. I served as a manager in the middle of my career and scientist at both ends. I like the science better, management is too much like being a parent to a bunch of unruly teenagers (I had much more fun with my kids and those I coached). I like my job and don't have any plans to retire.
My biggest joy was having a family and raising 2 great children. I coached soccer for 23 years - one of the greatest experiences of my life. Fly model planes, fishing, gardening, and eat too much.
If you haven't figured it out I am the fat guy in the last row on the left. I did retire from coaching because of the time commitment and my feet had been hurting.
Carolyn Fallon (Hulett)
Midlothian VA 23113 retired builder Married 4 Belle Sherman 50 years and pretty much having a great time. In '64 I graduated from U. of Vt. and married my husband Porter Hulett. We had 4 children. Unlike my friends who all had perfect children, I had to stay on top of mine. When the youngest was in school I had to figure out a way to work out of our home in order to help put them through college. In '79 I received my Class A general contractor license. For the next 24 years I designed and built homes. What an adventure and yes the kids still gave us a run. I am glad to report that they all turned out to be hard working, healthy, confident, and best of all with a great sense of humor. Obviously, they are the love of my life.
Once the youngest graduated I closed my business, ready to start my new life. It wasn't long before I hit a little bump in the road called breast cancer. The good Lord has a way of showing us who is in charge. Since I had to lose my hair I decided to have a wine,cheese and head shaving party. Porter, the 4 kids and spouses(no grandchildren invited), and 10 good friends all took a whack at my head. I ended up with a spiked Mohawk before the kids shaved the last.Then they cut out a cardboard breast cancer ribbon, glued my hair and placed it in a shadow box. Any time I missed my hair I could visit it in the family room.
For the last year I have been busy renting our lake house at Smith Mountain Lake in Va. over the internet (www.vrbo.com/255515). I am not very computer literate so it has been quite an adventure.
I couldn't make the reunion last year because of chemo, but I sure am looking forward to this year.Hope to see you!
Rosemary Gates (Campos)
Berkeley CA 94708 retired Kaiser Hospice Nurse Married 3 Belle Sherman, East Hill, West Hill After completing my B.A. in history from Cornell, I moved to NYC to fulfill my life-long ambition of becoming a nurse. Two years later, with a B.S. from Columbia in Nursing, I started my career in Public Health nursing in Westchester Co. We moved to Denver, Colorado, with a new position for my husband and an opportunity for me to obtain an M.S. in Maternal Child Nursing. We added three children to our family and a Ph.D. in Psychology to enable me to develop skills in research on infant pain. Subsequently, we moved to Illinois for three years and then finally to Berkeley for another academic position for my husband. A post-doctoral fellowship at UCSF introduced me to some of the most creative leaders in nursing but did not provide employment for me. After some part-time teaching, I was fortunate to be offered a clinical position as a hospice nurse for Kaiser Permanente. The next sixteen years provided the most satisfying clinical work in nursing for me as part of a team of caregivers supporting families as a loved one approached the end of life at home. Since I retired in 2014, I continue to enjoy a fantastic group of neighbors, friends, and members of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and to share in the pleasures of gardening in the bay area. Much of my early experience in life was shaped by the Ellis Hollow community. Square dancing, ice skating, play reading, pie making, and working on the Ellis Hollow fair all came about through the joint efforts and shared talents of neighbors and family. Their work built and funded an association that benefited all the community with a neighborhood playground, community center, and swimming pool. I am grateful that Ithaca maintains our old high school building and that we can be reminded of our old friends and our celebration of the all-night graduation party.
Middle Grove NY happily retired since 2001 Married 4 Budapest, Hungary - Moved to Philadelphia to start my career in data processing (called IT today) in a bank
- Met and married my current wife Mary with whom I've spent the last 45 years
- Worked in NYC for RCA for two years
- Moved to Levittown, PA when transfered to Cherry Hill, NJ and stayed there for twenty-two years
- Got interested in motorcycling, a hobby we still pursue with passion. For our 40th anniversary and my 50th of being in this country we had a motorcycle with a sidecar built and drove it across this huge country in 2008. We made it to Vancouver, BC before we turned back.
- Moved to Schenectady, NY in 1989 when RCA was bought by GE
- Retired in 2001 after 34 years of all facets of computing
- Mary and I work for Hallmark cards servicing CVSs, Walmarts and Hallmark stores on a very part-time basis. It gets us out of the house
- Mary and I have taken many trips back to Hungary to visit my parents. They were able to come and spend many months with us
- I am proud of myself, an immigrant with not much more than dreams, for being able to accomplish all I have. America is the best country in the world, a fact many Americans don't realize and appreciate. 1. Is sending e-mails encouraged?
2. Do you have a website?
Mound MN 55364 Retired Married 3 Stanford Elementary, Palo Alto, CA Undergraduate school at the University of Vermont, four years in the Army Medical Service Corps, graduate school in healthcare administration at Washington Univesity (St. Louis), and then hospital leadership/health system leadership since 1971.I retired April 30 of this year after a career in healtcare administration. After serving as CEO in two acute care hospitals, the first in Michigan and the second in Oregon, in 1993 I relocated to the greater Minneapolis area to take a position in a Catholic health system as a Senior Vice President, Operations, responsible for multiple hospitals. I lost my second wife to cancer last spring after almost 30 years of marriage. I was remarried on June 12, 2010 to Cheryl Goode. I have one son from my first marriage and two stepchildren from the second. Cheryl has never been married and serves as a Methodist pastor. I am looking forward to retirement, travel and perhaps some consulting mixed in.
William D. Gordon
Albany NY 12205 retired power systems engineer Married 1 Belle Sherman After 6 years at the Cornell School of Mechanical Engineering, I interviewed many companies including GE. The Kennedy-Johnson years were space-race years and technical jobs with nearly unlimited funding were available at many times the number of graduates to fill them. GE presents itself as a monolithic entity; however, below the surface seen by the public it is anything-but. I pursued design and development of gas turbines where I could play with Big Boys’ Toys and get paid for it. Gas turbines are very high power-density engines, called “units” by us, used to power ships, drive large refinery and chemical plant compressors, run pipeline pumps, and spin electrical generators. The public’s familiarity with gas turbines is with thrust nozzles to back-load them, thus providing jet engines for aircraft. The smallest unit we made was 14000 Hp and the largest was around 350000. The larger units have no known use for that much power other than to run electrical generators. We used 1000 Hp diesels for starter motors.When reading about the lives of the Ithaca High School Class of 1960, I am impressed by the myriad accomplishments – clinical technicians, doctors, teachers, professors, government service, scientists, and social services. Many classmates were children of Cornell or Ithaca College staff; maybe that or the environment and atmosphere of a college town were factors. I am proud to be in the class.
After many years of experience, I left design/development for field work. Turbine installation and maintenance, and investigation of “turbine wrecks” provided an amazing degree of freedom-of-action in corporate work, subject to the prime purposes of getting the machinery running and preventing recurrence of failures. Traveling the world to Europe, Saudi Arabia, India, Thailand, Japan, and all the States became a way of life. While the prime purposes remained in focus, there was time on each trip to become immersed for a while in the land and culture of each destination.
GE-Schenectady is only a few miles from Albany where numerous colleges as well as the State University of New York provide a great many concerts, theatre events, lectures, and seminars. Culturally the area is like a vast campus; there are more presentations than one can attend. These have complemented a lot of reading to create an over-filled intellectual life.
Life’s activities away from work were always a conflict between hands-on shop work (antique car restoration, woodworking projects, etc.) and outdoor activities of hiking, backpacking, camping, canoeing, skiing, and bicycling. There is enough nasty weather in the Northeast to reduce the fun of outdoor activities at times and that’s when shop work is a good alternative. Retirement removes the interference of a career from both pursuits and, best of all, allows a lack-of-schedule mode of life to match the weather. I have lost perhaps 20% of my energy of 50 years ago but can do anything now that I could then, am just as skinny in these days of nationwide concerns about obesity, and can wear the few items of clothing still with me from the 1960s.
Kenna Grant (Knaysi)
Indianapolis IN 46250 Self-employed Divorced 2 For the past 50 years I have been doing fieldwork and research for the book I am writing on the Entrepreneurial Spirit.. what it takes to be one, and the emotional and financial roller coaster rides in store for the brave hearts who venture onto this road!I hope to see you at the reunion!
I married after two years of studying Fine Arts at Cornell. During the 21 years we were married (divorced in '83), we had two children, Kara and Ken. They have lovely families and between them I have seven beautiful grandchildren. I am very proud of the fact that Kara and Ken, as well as their spouses, are each successful entrepreneurs.
My "research" was born of necessity. Fine Arts did not provide a practical foundation for the life that I was to lead. I had to work and was ill-equipped. I learned quickly what I needed to know and how to overcome obstacles, and each success led to the next. From researching double-entry bookkeeping in a library to get through an interview to get a job, to accounting courses, to hard work that paved the way to a position on the audit staff of a C.P.A. firm in Indy, to Controller then Partner of a commercial construction and property management company. It was quite a journey and prepared me for the business ventures and companies I would eventually own.
My initial entrepreneurial experience was an unexpected venture into direct sales in 1980. It began with a gift from my sister, Laura. All my friends wanted one so I decided to sell them. The company gave awards to reps for sales efforts. Mine was a mink coat for top producer. I thought that was cool! From then on, I was hooked on commissioned sales. I loved the freedom of controlling my own income. That was when the roller coaster took off. It was exhilarating when it was going well and scary to terrifying when it wasn't.
Like the time I bought a satellite TV receiver dealership. Remember those big dishes? For a year before that, I had great success selling commercial TV receiver systems to owners of apartment complexes. The downside was it had a limited local market. So I thought I could segway into the residential market by buying a dealership. It looked easier than it turned out to be. The physical part of it was impossible when my installers couldn't work. And I couldn't generate enough money to make it worthwhile. That was my first business failure.
I decided to go into advertising sales after that and was fortunate to get a job on the sales staff of a major radio station. I went to work with a vengeance and it didn't take long to become the top producer. It was fun and I especially enjoyed the creative end of it. I wrote over a million dollars of business every year for several years. It became frustrating being the top producer, and the only one not reaching their quota. When the opportunity to help friends launch two new radio stations came along, I accepted it. I had resisted sales management positions up to that point, but it became unavoidable. The action is in production, not management, and it is always more enjoyable and rewarding to build your own business than someone else's. Two years after the stations were up and running,I heard the call of the wild again.
I went back into direct sales and had an exciting twelve years of sales success and travel that included four years in Los Angeles where I taught seminars on marketing group employee benefits. For four years I commuted between a home for sale in Indy and an apartment in Newport Beach. Eventually I decided it was too expensive to continue, and left L.A. Southwest Airlines still sends me birthday cards!
I went back to Indy and started a new company that sold pre-paid debit cards through retailers. That was quite an adventure that lasted about three years and ended when my largest retailer, a grocery chain with 116 outlets, canceled the contract because the cards weren't selling well. It wasn't the right market. Disappointed, I had to shut it down.
In an effort to rebound, I took a run at the mortgage business, just as that industry was falling apart. It wasn't one of my better decisions, the timing was completely off. Frustrated, I took an introspective break to regroup. That gave me a chance to gather my wits and decide what I wanted as well as what made sense for me to do next.
Preventative Health and Wellness have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I am fortunate to have good health, am pain free and so far have avoided having to take maintenance medications. It occurred to me that helping others improve their health through providing information and resources, was what I wanted to do. It was a good decision and is very satisfying work.