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!!




 Just Posted!


July - August Class Notes are now posted on the Community page.

Cornell Tech dedication scheduled for September 13 - this page.

Inauguration information for Cornell's new President - this page

Go around the world with the Symons from the comfort of your easy chair - look on the Community page

          Your dues are important - read why!! - this page

Pollack Inauguration Planned for August 25

The two-day celebration will be held on the Ithaca campus Aug. 24-25. Public events are free and require no registration.

A Festival of Scholarship will open the proceedings, Aug. 24, 4:30-6 p.m. in the atrium of the Physical Sciences Building.  This will include students in the inauguration and will feature the breadth of Cornell’s student scholarship. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with undergraduate, graduate and professional students as they share their academic projects in an informal setting.

An academic symposium, “Universities and the Search for Truth,” will follow, 6:30-8 p.m. in Bailey Hall. This faculty panel discussion will explore the ways in which people assess and communicate information, as well as the role of universities in those activities.

The main event, Pollack’s installation ceremony, will take place Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m. The procession will start at Ho Plaza and make its way to the Arts Quad. University leadership, faculty and delegates representing other universities will process. All living past presidents of Cornell are planning to attend: Frank H.T. Rhodes, Hunter Rawlings, Jeffrey Lehman ’77 and David Skorton. Robert Harrison ’76, chair of the Cornell Board of Trustees, will oversee the installation ceremony.

The official inauguration website is now available.  Click HERE.

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


Cornell Tech Campus to be dedicated September 13

The university celebrates an historic milestone on September 13, 2017 with the official dedication of the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.  

Cornell Tech brings together faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and students in a catalytic environment to produce visionary results grounded in significant needs that will reinvent theway we live in the digital age.

In case classmates local to the area want to visit the campus, its general location is shown at the right.  There are quite a few websites you can also view - just put in Cornell Tech NYC and pick from an extensive list. 


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.


New to the Website?  Here's what's what....

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.


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