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Jon Schmidt
New Bern NC 28562 retired Married 3 Kennedy's Corners college, Broome Community college, 4 years Army Security Agency. 35 Years at Sears in Automotive Store Management, retired in 2003 then worked in a library as a volunteer then as a part time job to satisfy my interests. Retired again in 2008, now live in lovely New Bern North Carolina on the Neuse River near highway 70 and US 17. I do yoga, go to the gym, play lousy golf and am active in the Lutheran church. I am an avid reader of both history and fiction. I love movies. Are you healthy? Yes, very much so for my age with a couple of issues.
I would love to come back to Ithaca sometime for a visit.  It has been 16 years since the last time.   Send Jon a MessageSend Jon a Message
Ed Shea
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Spring Hill FL 34610-7388 Retired Married 2 I worked for a number of years at various jobs then returned to college. Attended Wheeling College and earned a BS with a major in Accounting. Moved to Florida and earned a CPA certificate. I spent over 30 years in local government working in accounting and budgeting. Retired from the Pasco Clerk of Court's office as Budget Director in July of 2008. My wife and I raised two daughters and have one granddaughter (Hope) who is the light of our lives. As someone once said, "if we had known that grandchildren were so much fun we would have had them first".
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Ginny Sigler
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Albuquerque NM 87110 Adult Nurse Practitioner Fall Creek After graduation from IHS, I went to school in Rochester and became a Registered Nurse. I returned to Ithaca and Syracuse for about eleven years and worked in Surgery and the early Coronary Care Units. Always loving the field of Cardiology, I worked on an open heart team in Syracuse at the new Upstate Medical Center in 1965. Open Heart Surgery at that time was not as safe as now and everyone always brought their priest or minister with them to surgery.

While working in Critical Care in Ithaca in 1974, I was given the opportunity to apply to one of the first Nurse Practitioner Programs in the country. I was accepted to the program and became an NP. I have had an incredibly wonderful career both in NY and NM. I worked for several years in Occupational Medicine and Family Practice. Both of which I found rather boring. I loved the patients, but not the specialities.

In 1977, I moved to New Mexico to work as an NP. I was invited by an Ithaca physician and his wife, an RN to come and visit and that started my career in NM. I worked for a wonderful large Group Practice and did in-patient and out-patient medicine. That career went on for 32 years.

My love for cardiology started in 1979 when I was invited to start a Cardiac Rehab program and so I did. It was the first complete Rehab program in the state of NM. Eventually, I turned over the day to day running of the program to a couple of RN's and the program continued until early 2008. Cardiac Rehab is not a great money maker, even though it is wonderful for the patients.

From 1979 until recently when my joints started giving out, I worked with a wonderful group of physicians and mid level practitioners. I am proud to say that I was one of the first five NP's at that organization, with no PA's, Mid Wives and few if any CRNA's. We went to a number over 200 while I worked at The Lovelace Clinic.
I did inpatient and out patient Cardiology care and was also, the first Mid Level in the city and probably to do Speciality Medicine. I had MD's coming up to me to ask if I had any friends that would work with them and so the count to 200 began.
I did a little work with the Cardiac Surgeon and that was also fun.

I probably will stay in NM and eventually go back to work part-time. It is high desert living with great temperatures year round. We do get a little snow which is good for cross country skiing which I used to do. It is also beautiful for hiking and biking. We are only 50 miles from Santa Fe home of the SF Opera which is out-doors and wonderful.

I have no children, too busy working. But now have three West Highland White terriers which are very time time consuming and go to Doogie Day Care when they wear me out.

I'm really looking forward to our 50th reunion and am sorry I have not been able to come to any since the 10th.
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Allan Simons
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Prescott Valley AZ 85614 Association executive - retired Married Fall Creek, Hayts Corner, and Central Like many of our class, I matriculated to Cornell, expecting to achieve a long-term dream of becoming a veterinarian. However, a few personal and academic pot-holes during the first years of college doomed that plan. Fortunately, I discovered the field of agronomy/plant science in a 1964 summer job. Good luck and some personal diligence led to graduate research assistantships in plant science at U of Maryland (MS) and U of Minnesota (PhD in 1970).

Public institution research positions in my specialty, forages, were scarce in 1970 and I preferred private industry, anyway. The flying ear of corn logo attracted me to a forage product manager position in DeKalb, IL for five years. As somewhat of a risk-taker, I then headed to Memphis, TN to guide agronomic research for a miracle-product firm acquired by a Fortune 500 company – one year of research verified that miracles are scarce. A co-worker proposed another risky venture that took us to Wadmalaw Island, SC to start a hydroponic greenhouse vegetable business. Regrettably, the business plan required our wives to provide significant amounts of grunt labor and the hydroponic technology of the time was in its infancy, so the venture was short-lived. Eventually, I ended up as crew on a shrimp boat off Kiawah Island, SC in late 1979. Soon, a friend from the DeKalb days offered me a chance to be a commodities futures trading representative and office manager in Tucson, AZ, which is how I ended up in the desert SW in 1980. Commodities trading involves risk at its extreme and the prevailing practice is to cut profits short and let losses run, so I was career- hunting again within a few years.

Professional contacts led me to employment with the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association in St. Paul, MN in 1985, where I became intrigued by the process of verifying the identity and purity of crop varieties. This was the same venue as my graduate work and was a fortuitous situation, which led to employment as the EVP of the Arizona Crop Improvement Association at the end of 1987, back in Tucson. This non-profit service organization is affiliated with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, where I enjoyed appointed status. I had a nice 20-year run in that role, which involved working with seed companies and seed growers, inspecting seed fields of wheat, barley, cotton, bermudagrass, and other crops for certification, retiring in 2008. During that tenure, I was involved in leadership of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies and the Seed Trade Association of Arizona and now (2015) have served as executive director of the Arizona Grain Research and Promotion Council since 1994. These roles and others in the seed industry have been good, providing many enjoyable acquaintanceships and considerable domestic and international travel. I spent two-plus years after retirement on a consulting project dealing with gene flow considerations in regulated GE crop trials.

On the personal side, I married a Cornell co-ed in 1965, divorcing in 1986. The love in my life is Charlotte, whom I met on the internet in 2001. We married shortly thereafter and now enjoy a view of the grasslands of the high country (even antelope) from our residence in Prescott Valley, AZ. She has four adult children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. I regularly get back to the Southern Tier of NYS to visit my mother and sisters and other relatives. The 55th reunion was wonderful and I'm looking forward to our "75th" birthday gathering in 2017.
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Barry Smith
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Glenhaven CA 95443-0081 NASA Retired Divorced 1 Immaculate Conception 2 years at Colgate, brief stint with Minnesota Twins, 1 semester at I.C., 9 years with Navy (re-uped in Viet Nam war zone), 22 year with NASA, retired in '95, on Clear Lake bass fishing since.
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Sandra Sortman (Raponi)
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Hudson MA 01i49 retired & tired of it Widowed 1 South Hill So much magical & mundane. Awful & PAINFUL .Not at all what I had in mind for my self at. 14-15-16 at IHS. There were hilltops &cities. &sunken lost, wonders to be explored.It was my overbearing father who did all the deciding in our house.And I was as bad at chose in my one and only as dear old dad was at closing my life. Lately an aunt told me he had done the same to my sweet little Momma. He made her a wife &mum to add to avoiding the draft. I had 2 hrs. Of elementary in Ohio while she had shock therapy. (make that years) When I was really little in hospitals - in body casts ,no Mommas. Allowed overnight in a lawn chair. A talk to guy said I'd had a. Tragic life. Maybe it was my brothers terrible death. He. got out of.the cancer ward to help eat the top of my wedding cake on my first anniversary. I gave him 2 crew cuts at the hospital. My hubby got 3 or 4 masters. At NE.At night. I was at home working on the heir, no car .He made 110% from Raytheon on them. More some other time.Now It's time to catch up on Outlander on Starz. It is suppah! as all my neighbors say.I am up to 27. LATER, when my hip has healed
Dave Spencer
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Tumwater WA 98512 Retired Married 5 Fall Creek After high school I stayed and worked in Ithaca for a couple of years. Then I attended SUNY Delhi Tech. Although, I graduated in Hotel Management I never worked in the hospitality field. After college graduation the Army requested my presence so instead I joined the Air Force. The Air Force first sent me to Texas and California. In California I met and married my first wife who was also in the Air Force. Over the next several years the Air Force took me to Washington state, Thailand, and back to McChord Air Base in Tacoma, Washington. My two children were born while I was stationed in Washington.


I left the Air Force after eight years, but I never moved from Washington state. For several years I was a food and grain inspector for the Washigton State Department of Agriculture. Later, I took my wood working hobby and expanded it into a full time finish carpentery business.

As a result of a serious spinal injury and the severe construction downturn in Washington in the early 1980's I began my third and final career. For twenty-five years throughout the Olympia and Tacoma, Washington areas I sold household cabinets and designed kitchen and bath layouts as well as managing a business for fifteen years.

During this time I met my current wife, Sandy. When we married in 1983 Sandy had three preteen children and I had two. Together we had the fulltime "pleasure" of raising a combined family. It was not easy but we all survived. Our children grew and developed into well educated productive adults who have blessed us with seven grandchildren.

My retirment came suddenly in 2008 after suffering what my doctors called a mild stroke of undetermined cause. As a result of the stroke I look fine, I move fine, and I talk fine. However, I do not recall names and lists of items very well. As this is not a postive factor in the sales profession I retired to the world of before and after school day care for a very active preteen granddaughter.

Sandy just retired this past summer after thirty years managing the State of Washington, Department of Licensing real estate investigations area. We are now thoroughly enjoying our low key retirment that includes spending more time with grandchildern, working on our landscaping, visiting friends and family, and traveling to visit interesting sites especially wherever there is good wine tasting.

Although I have never attended a class reunion I am really looking forward to coming to Florida to visit and see if we remember each other.
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Stephen K. Stephenson
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Westford MA 01886-1960 Retired HS Math Teacher Married 3 Slaterville Springs 1 yr at Cornell, 5 yrs in USAF, finished BS & MEE at Cornell, worked on nuclear power plant construction and missile system software engineering, industrial computer sales. Then switched careers to HS Math Teacher for 12 years, retired 6/2013.
One reason I retired in 2013 was that I had been diagnosed with agressive prostate cancer. Hormones and external radiation put it into remission until a PET bone scan showed it had spread. Had chemo Summer 2016, now hormone treatments and no carb ketogenic diet.

Perhaps the hormone treatments aggravated an underlying condition that resulted in full blown diabetes (A1C 6.9), but I've been able to control it (A1C 5.2) by adopting a ketogenic diet (KD) / lifestyle (also lost ~25 pounds with no hunger). Because it switches the body into an alternative (healthier) metabolic state (burning fat instead of sugar) there is hope that it will help fight the cancer (which is heavily dependent on sugar). Resources for KD:
https://www.charliefoundation.org/ketogenic-therapy/therapies-2/brain-tumor-cancer and http://www.artandscienceoflowcarb.com/.

In addition to learning about KD, I've pursued three other interests:
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2. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=48405330
1. a grandaughter and 3 grandsons !

-Steve, 7/1/2016
 
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Charlotte Sweet (Guyer)
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Keene NH 03431 retired Married 6 Binghamton elementary Thank you, classmates who have written your 50 year stories (and for inspiring me to work on mine). My fifty years have felt, at times, like riding a roller coaster. I went to Cornell, graduating in 1964. I changed my major after my math professor advisor told me, "It doesn't matter what you take, you are just going to be a housewife." The government department welcomed me, with my new advisor urging that I work and not ?just stay home breeding children. After graduation and a summer on a work project I married Bob Guyer, a physicist, and moved to Durham, NC. I volunteered in a community action program and started in on, you guessed it, having children. For 10 years I was a stay-at-home wife and mom, with two lovely daughters to show for it. Our family moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1968. By 1978 I was a single mom on my way to divorce, and a lawyer fresh out of Cornell Law School. Very intense ride on that roller coaster. I?ve been fortunate in my legal career, working first as a prosecutor and then in a small town practice focusing on family and criminal law. The second part of my career was in state government as a lawyer in the child support and paternity office, and then as a hearings officer in NH Health and Human Services. I ended my state work in the NH Department of Safety Appeals Unit deciding cases such as for how long speeding teens should lose their licenses (fun!) and when elders should stop driving (not fun!). The third part of my career was spent as a mediator helping people with divorce and parenting issues and encouraging elder mediation. Personally, I found great happiness in 1981 with George Scott, now my husband. We have enjoyed, and at times struggled, with the exploits of his four children and my two daughters, Margaret and Jocelyn. Margaret is a clinical psychologist in Boston and Jocelyn works in health-care policy in DC. As some of you know, my parents are dead and twin Charlie as well. (He had an action-filled life in international development work but spent his last several years quite ill.) On a more positive note, the loves of my life for 10 years have been Jocelyn?s children, twin boys aged 10 and a brother aged 8. And as frosting on the cake, we greeted Julia Elizabeth last month, baby sister to big brothers Ryan (who will coach her in soccer), Ben (baseball), and Leo (basketball). They said a girl would be OK as long as she plays sports and doesn?t wear make-up. George and I live happily in Keene, NH. He is a busy woodworker and clarinet player; I am a volunteer tutor. We spend several weeks each year helping Jocelyn and her busy family. Otherwise we resolve to work out at our new Y and to down-size and sell our house, and at times make progress with both. What events since 1960 have had the most significant influence on you? Civil rights movement-I lived in N C 1964-68, have been left of liberal ever since.
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Ed Thorsland
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Hilton Head Island SC 29928 Retired Federal Exec Married 2 Belle Sherman After a false start as an Electrical Engineering candidate, and a 6-month hiatus in California, I earned a B.A. in Government from Cornell in 1965. That was the closest I ever came to preparing formally for anything else I did for the rest of my life. Think Viet Nam, single, and aversions to foxholes and Canada, and you understand how the next steps in my life were Air Force Officer Training School and Pilot Training. Five plus years later, an ex KC-135 (tanker) Aircraft Commander is getting married and trying to figure out how to continue life in the civilian world. Having sworn I would never work for the government again, I relented and joined the VA (now the Department of Veterans Affairs) in 1972 as a Management Intern in Washington. This led to a nomadic 33 year career as a health administration executive – first leading teams to evaluate management and the quality of care at VA Medical Centers, then as an Associate Director at three facilities (Lake City, FL; Tuscaloosa, AL; da Bronx) and a Director at three more (El Paso, TX; Dayton, OH; and Denver, CO).


Among my diversions now and in the past have been various forms of fitness activities – tennis, running, biking, - all shared with my wife, Sylvia, who more than once, far exceeded anything I could claim in the way of accomplishment. Most recently, we did a string of five consecutive “Ride-the-Rockies,” a 500-mile, week-long bike tour of Colorado’s mountain passes, the last one being right after retirement. I have developed strong interests in computing and digital photography. Sylvia is an avid (and accomplished) sculptor. I am addicted to Photoshop and what it can do for current work and photo restoration.



Sylvia and I have two children, Paula and Bjorn. Paula lives in Boston with her two girls. Bjorn is in Louisville, CO with his wife, two boys, and a girl. Our increasing snowbird time in Hilton Head led to our permanent move there in 2013.
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