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.

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.

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.





Martha Pollack is new Cornell President 


Will begin term of office on April 17, 2017

Robert S. Harrison ’76 sent the following message to all Cornellians  on Monday, November 14 announcing that the search for Cornell’s new president has resulted in the selection of Martha E. Pollack. Pollack, 58,  is currently provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan.  An expert in the field of artificial intelligence, she will have tenured appointments in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science. Her term of office will officially begin April 17, 2017.

Harrison also congratulated the Presidential Search Committee, under the leadership of its chair, Jan Rock Zubrow ’77, for selecting a proven leader and scholar to guide Cornell into its next, exciting chapter.

The full announcement appears in the Cornell Chronicle, and her biography, which makes very interesting reading, at the Presidential Search website.  You can also view the press conference introducing her to the Cornell Community by clicking HERE.

Class Notes

January - February 2017 is posted - go to the Community Tab and click Class Notes to read the current set. The notes now go back to 2010 and make wonderful reading.  

Take a look, and you'll not only catch up with a few classmates, but you'll also notice that Les, our class correspondant, is looking for more news.  Lots more.  Why not share some of the interesting things you've done and places you've been - it only takes a few minutes and it makes fun reading!

Walsh Named Dean of Hotel School 

 New Dean for Hotel School

Kate Walsh, MPS ’90, associate professor of organizational management, has been named interim dean of the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced today. Walsh will begin a two-year term July 1. She succeeds Michael Johnson, the Bradley H. Stone Dean of SHA, whose term ends June 30.

Walsh’s previous professional experience includes serving as director of training and development for Nikko Hotels International, corporate training manager for the former Bristol Hotels and senior auditor for Loews Corp. She is also a former New York state certified public accountant.

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