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Congratulations to you and your staff on the wonderful fall issue of the Cornell Report. This sesquicentennial issue is really remarkable in its scope and layout-a work of art worthy of being kept in one's files for all time.

I especially enjoyed the pictures from times gone by-as in the '40s and '50s when I was a student there. And your timeline foldout is simply marvelous. I do not toss around superlatives lightly, but this is really outstanding.

The whole issue is worthy of the yearlong celebration of Cornell's sesquicentennial. You and your staff deserve our praise and gratitude for putting it all together.

Marcella Lee '48
Iowa City

The college did a tremendous job over Homecoming. We all got welcomed and fed and filled with the history of our great school. Your creativeness, showing in always reutilizing an old building, and in the block system of One-Course-At-A-Time, is again showing in every issue of the Cornell Report.

John Swords '49
Syracuse, N.Y.

I perused the recent Cornell Report last night. I can't imagine trying to assimilate 150 years in one magazine but you did a great job. I'm glad you were able to put a memorial to Paul Scott in this issue.

It's wonderful-a true keepsake edition.

Tim Wynes '83
Ottumwa, Iowa

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to editor Dee Ann Rexroat and her coworkers for their consistently excellent work in publishing the Cornell Report. Every issue is extremely well done, but the fall 2003 edition is absolutely superb. I can only imagine how much research and work had to go into the timeline sequence alone.

The fall issue and Charles Milhauser's sesquicentennial book are true "keepers" and treasures for those of us whose lives were enriched by our years on the Hilltop, the liberal arts education we received, and the lifelong friendships made there.

R.A. (Joe) Morton '50
Paradise Valley, Ariz.

The sesquicentennial edition is a real "keeper!" All the history and flavor of Cornell in a beautifully illustrated magazine. I was particularly impressed with the timeline. Say, 10,000 significant things happened between the founding of Cornell and today. You have to boil it down to the 100 or so that epitomize the Cornell saga. Mission accomplished!

Gene DeRoin '49
Chicago

The fall 2003 edition was outstanding, best ever. I read the entire historical section and enjoyed it immensely. I'm pretty sure the fellow to the left in the photo on page 21 is Pete Fisher '56.

Fred Dinnsen '55
Prescott, Ariz.

I was delighted to receive the complimentary copy of your "Cornell at 150" issue of the Cornell Report. As someone who grew up in Mount Vernon, lived there for a while as an adult, and taught part time for several years in Cornell's English department, I read it with great warmth of feeling. Congratulations on a superb achievement, which certainly awoke many wonderful memories.

Although I predictably recognized many of the people pictured in those pages, I was pleasantly surprised to see, at the top of page 30, a photo of Pat Lidrich Brown '60, who was my favorite student teacher when I was in high school.

Thomas W. Bergmann
Los Angeles

The 150th anniversary issue of the Cornell Report is wonderful. So many great pictures. I recognized a classmate or two. But what set me to reminiscing was the photo on the back of the 1920s baggage cart loaded with laundry boxes. I doubt that these are fall arrival items; they appear to be part of the regular mail sent weekly back and forth to Mom.

The boxes were made of corrugated cardboard inserted into a canvas cover and closed with two straps wrapped around the boxes. Toward the end of my years there, I got a metal one that withstood the mails much better than the cardboardcanvas ones. But by the time my brother arrived at Cornell in 1954, the laundry box was passť, replaced by machines in each dorm-easier, certainly, and saved mothers not only the effort of washing and ironing (no drip dry), but also baking all those cookies that were always enclosed.

Patricia Scherf Smith '52
Brooklyn, N.Y.

The sesquicentennial issue must have taken a great deal of effort. It was well done. What struck me the most was the picture of the woman in the boat at the Palisades taken in 1875. I used to drive my motorbike to the Pal and stare out onto the water with the same pondering look, thinking about where life was going and what the future had in store for me. It's almost eerie to see this picture knowing that she is long gone, but you are, by looking at this picture, transposing yourself back to 1875, hearing the ripples in the water from her rowboat, and feeling the stillness of the place, and thinking her thoughts.

It would be amazing to learn what happened to this lady and the course her life took.

Shervin Mellegard '84
London

Editor's note:

We believe the photo above is quite likely Mary Burr Norton, class of 1877 and the wife of the photographer, William Harmon Norton, class of 1875 and professor of geology from 1881-1924. Mary Norton taught mathematics at Cornell from 1877 to 1919 and in 1892 became Cornell's first associate professor. In 1909 she was the first Cornell woman given an endowed professorship. A picture of the Nortons appeared in the fall 2002 issue, when they were the subject of Charles Milhauser's Cornelliana column.

Humanities Iowa, the state affiliate to the National Endowment for the Humanities, congratulates Cornell College on its 150th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, we cut a radio spot for our weekly public radio program ("Voices of Humanities Iowa") featuring your college's success-particularly with regard to its established record on gender equality.

Best wishes on your next 150.

Christopher Rossi
Humanities Iowa
Iowa City

Corrections

A photo caption attributed the composition of the Alma Mater to Horace Alden Miller. Actually T. Stanley Skinner wrote the music and Jennie Francis Cook, the words, to the Alma Mater. Miller arranged for the work to be copyrighted.

A timeline photo of Marilyn Horne, who performed at Cornell in 1966, was misidentified as Marian Anderson, who performed at Cornell in 1937.

The 1972 Watergate break-in was listed incorrectly on the timeline.

President Cole's wife, Arrola, did write scripts for NBC radio, but not under the name "William L. Stidger."

Honor Roll & Annual Report corrections

Members of the 1976 men's team were the first Cornell tennis players invited to the NCAA championships.

 
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