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Family runs for homeless

Carolyn Edsell-Vetter ’98, her husband and her son, will run the Boston Marathon April 15 to fight homelessness. Their goal is to raise $20,000 for the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership. “When we got married 10 years ago, we pledged to create a Jewish home committed to peace and deeds of loving kindness, a warm and welcoming […]

C. Everett Koop dies

As Ronald Reagan’s surgeon general 1981-89, C. Everett Koop, M.D., became a household name. Koop, who was among the first public health officials to speak plainly about AIDS and was a crusader against smoking, died in Hanover, N.H., Feb. 25 at age 96. A 1941 graduate of the Cornell Medical College, Koop joined the Reagan administration in 1981 following […]

‘Enigmatic’ artist dies

Acclaimed minimalist painter, illustrator and sculptor Richard Artschwager ’44 died in Albany, N.Y., Feb. 9 at age 89, five days after a Whitney Museum of American Art career retrospective, Richard Artschwager!, closed. Despite his interest in art, Artschwager studied mathematics and chemistry at Cornell. He was drafted into the Army in 1944, fought in the […]

Life of Squyres

Tim Squyres ’81, who studied psychology at Cornell, is nominated for an Academy Award for best film editing of best picture nominee “Life of Pi.” The 3-D adventure film is the 11th Squyres has edited for director Ang Lee (“The Ice Storm,” “Sense and Sensibility”). Squyres says he and Lee rarely talk, and Lee often accepts […]

To the moon

Dyer Brainerd Holmes ’43, NASA’s director of Manned Space Flight Programs in the early 1960s, died Jan. 11 in Memphis at age 91. Holmes graduated from Cornell in 1943 in absentia while serving in the U.S. Navy. He designed missiles and radar systems at Bell Labs and RCA before joining NASA in 1961. That same […]

Brooklyn Venus

In 1912 The New York Times reported that 24-year-old Cornell “co-ed” Elsie Scheel of Brooklyn Heights was the “perfect woman” whose “very presence bespeaks perfect health.” How standards of beauty have changed, the Times noted Jan.1: “At 5-foot-7 and 171 pounds, she would, by today’s medical standards, be clearly overweight. (Her body mass index was 27; 25 to 29.9 […]

No. 2 Marine

U.S. Marine General John “Jay” Paxton ’73, M.Eng. ’74, received his fourth star and became assistant commandant of the Marine Corps Dec. 15 in a ceremony at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. According to Kevin Bruns ’79, president of the Cornell Delta Upsilon Association, about a dozen Cornellians, including nine Delta Upsilon alumni, were […]

Language of loss

Watch the new single, “Sign Language,” by Grammy-nominated alumni Kinetics & One Love who gave us “Graduation Song,” a hip-hop farewell to their alma mater, and “Airplanes” in 2010. “Since then,” writes Jeremy “Kinetics” Dussolliet ’09, “I’ve continued to pursue music full-time, which has led me to tour around the country (and even to China) and release a full-length album […]

A gift to Sandy’s first responders

Howard Milstein ’73 donated $2.3 million to the FDNY Foundation and the New York City Police Foundation. His gift is earmarked for first responders whose homes have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Two thousand rescue workers will receive a check of $1,000 just in time for the holiday season. “These are the people that risk their […]

A promise kept

Today is President David Skorton’s birthday, and among the gifts he will receive is one that honors Cornell’s graduate teaching assistants. In his campaign for student-elected trustee in 2006, Mao Ye, Ph.D. ’11 (above, holding daughter Cornelia at 7 months, with wife Xi Yang, Ph.D. ’10), said he would create an award to support Cornell graduate […]

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