Welcome to the Alumni Class of 1954

Greetings and Welcome!

On this page is current information about the class and a list of class officers.



What have you been up to??  Let us know!

Whether it's travel, volunteering, playing golf or tennis, why not share your experiences with Class Correspondent and Class News maven Les Reed so she can share them with the rest of us.  She's always looking for news for the Class Notes.  

There are so many talented '54s - photographers, artists, as well as those whose time is invested in their communities in a variety of ways -  your experiences and insights might benefit others, or just be enjoyable reading.  

We've put a Class Notes form on our site that you can download, fill out, and send in - or scan it, or just use it as a guide and send Les an email.  Her address is lesliejreed@me.com.  Just click on it to open an email.  To access the Class News Form, click HERE.

By the way, Class Notes are posted to this site throughout the year.  You can read the most current version or search the notes going back at least five years.  If you haven't tried it yet, go to the Community Tab and take a look.

Guess What?

There is still time to pay your Class Dues for this year!!

Our dues are important to our class, they fund class activities, mailings, meetings and, of course, help pay expenses for our reunions – and our next one is in 2019 - only two years away!   No funds go to the university.

So, while you’re thinking about it – write a check for $20 if you’re single, $30 if a couple.  If you want to add the Cornell Alumni News, send $48 or $58.  Mark your check that it is intended for the Class of 1954 and send it to: Cornell University, PO Box 25841, Lehigh Valley, PA  18003-9695

Better yet, arrange to pay online.  To do this, scroll all the way to the bottom of this page and click on “Pay Class Dues”.  This will take you to another page where you can enter the necessary information as well as opt for automatic renewal.

While you’re here on the site, take a look around, email a “Hello” to a class officer, drop a note to the webmaster and tell her about luncheons or Cornell meetings in your area, and don’t forget to send Les Reed some news on your activities. 

We’re depending on you!!

 About this Website

The site has three tabs at the top which take you to this information.

  •  "About" is the first page see, has news of what's happening now and a list of class officers and their contact information.
  • "Community" contains information about the people in our class -- our activities, people who have been honored for their contributions to the university, as well as a list of classmates who are no longer with us.  This list is for the current year but has a link to the university's list which is matriculation-to-date.
  • "Get Involved" contains information about university services available to us.  Information has already been posted.  Take a look!

Then, at the bottom of each page are links that allow us to pay our dues online, find alumni and events, volunteer, and more.   You'll also notice that there are also links to Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram.


Pollack takes helm as Cornell's President 

Dear Members of the Cornell University Community,

I am honored to begin my service today as Cornell University’s 14th president and to join all of you in shaping the future of this distinguished institution. The Board of Trustees has entrusted me with a great responsibility, and I will do my utmost to deserve their confidence and yours. 
I am grateful to Hunter and Elizabeth Rawlings, who have brought enlightened leadership and their personal warmth to the university over more than two decades, including during some very difficult times. My husband, Ken Gottschlich, and I have learned so much from them, and we wish them all the best as they pick up their long-deferred retirement plans.

Like five previous Cornell presidents, I come to Cornell from the University of Michigan, which shares many of Cornell’s fundamental values: its commitment to discovery through research, scholarship and creative activity; its dedication to teaching and learning; its belief in egalitarianism and in the importance of diversity; and its determination to serve the greater good through public engagement. 

With its deep academic and cultural roots in Ithaca and its expanding presence in New York City, Cornell is at an exciting moment, with burgeoning intellectual collaborations across all its campuses that are creating, curating and communicating knowledge and providing unrivaled opportunities for teaching, learning, and societal contribution.

Over the next weeks and months, I will be learning from you about the full breadth and depth of Cornell. I am looking forward to our work together and, with your help, to making Cornell an even more distinguished and distinctive university.  


Martha E. Pollack

 Inauguration Planned for August 25

Inauguration of our new president is planned for August 25th.  There will be an installation ceremony on the Arts Quad followed by a community celebration.  For those who can't attend, the event will be live streamed. 

Pollack earned her bachelor's degree in linguistics from Dartmouth College in 1979 and her M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania.  She served as a faculty member, department chair, dean and vice provost before becoming provost and executive vce president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan.

To read a Q & A with our new president click on the following link:


Additional details and schedule information for the inauguration will be made available in the coming months.

Class Memories - add yours to the collection!

If you haven’t already read Robert Martin’s work assembling class memories, it’s certainly an interesting and worthwhile thing to do.  What you find may surprise you with laughter, touch you with personal stories from classmates’ experiences, as well as help you remember our time on the hill. 

Robert did a great deal of work managing submissions as well has how to present the memories.  Alan Hale and Robert often worked together in this effort as did Jan (Jakes) Kunz, who smoothed out the general format, revamped the Table of Contents, and added an index.

A copy of these memories can be seen by clicking the link below.  Click the back arrow to return to this website.  Be aware that if you choose to print it, it’s over one hundred pages. 

Let’s hope reading it also promotes the idea that you might add some thoughts to this history of our time in Ithaca as well.  If your muse has been awakened, send the result to Peg Bundy Bramhall whose email address appears below.

To see the Class Memories click here.

Thank You from Scholarship Recipient Cindy Chen

We have provided student scholarships for many years.  Occasionally we get a thank you which is posted for all to see.  Last year’s recipient, Cindy Chen, has been much more forthcoming.  Enjoy her newsy thank you letter as well as a follow up email describing what she is doing now and how her goals have changed.  She has provided her email address so you can contact her.

See both letters by clicking HERE.


2014 - 2019 Class Officers


Jack Vail jdvail@aol.com  

Vice Presidents

Ken Hershey kenhershey@rochester.rr.com and Chick Trayford ctrayford@comcast.net

Membership Chair

Charles "Chick" Trayford ctrayford@comcast.net




Secretary & Correspondent

Leslie Papenfus Reed lesliejreed@me.com


Jim Settel goodolejim@earthlink.net

Reunion Chairs

Mary and Dave Call dlc3@cornell.edu 

Cornell Fund Representative

Warren Breckenridge rwbreck@aol.com 





Jan Kunz jankunz5475@gmail.com

Class Historian

Peg Bundy Bramhall pegbramhall@sbcglobal.net