Welcome to the Alumni Class of 1955




  • Cornell Health dedication set for Oct. 21
  • Cornell Tech dedication set for September 13.
  • Check the Treasurer's report in  HOT LINKS! to see year-end financials for the class.
  • July - August Class Notes are posted.  Click on the Class Notes link in 
  • Member of our Class Council, Rex Boda, has passed.  Go to the Community Tab to read about his life since Cornell.

Cornell Health dedication set for October 21

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 the new Cornell Health facility will be dedicated. At our 60th reunion the Class  of 1955  donated $100,000 to name a room in this facility.  As you can see the Class of 1955 gift plaque is located next to the office of the Assistant Director oCounseling and Psychological Services and is in a high traffic area.  No other alumni class has made a naming donation.  Cornell Students and staff will remember our great class  in perpetuity.

Cornell Health is staffed by 220 full time employees including; 30 mental health professionals, 2 post-docs, 16 medical clinicians (physicians/mid-level clinicians), a large staff of nursing professionals (RNs, LPNs, medical assistants), 6 pharmacy staff as well as lab, x-ray, physical therapy, care managers, health records, health educators, occupational medicine, and administrative services staff.

Sharon Dittman, our contact at Cornell Health, said they would be happy to welcome class of ’55 alumni for a tour any time they happen to be on campus. Sharon’s email is SD15@cornell.edu

To see the complete article, click HERE.  The university's web page for Cornell Health is https://health.cornell.edu.



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.

The official inauguration website is now available.  Click HERE.


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 the way 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. 

Have you paid your Class Dues???

As of August 11, 2017 131 classmates have not paid their dues for 2017. This represents 34% of those who paid in 2016. A very disturbing trend since our class had the most dues payers for the decade classes of the ‘50’s.

Our dues are very 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 2020 - only a few years away!   These are not contributions to the university but to the class of 1955.

38 classmates previously had automatic renewals (AR). You may have had an AR in the past but may need to check with Lauren Coffey, our AA&D engagement officer, to see if you do have one or for any other questions about dues. She can be reached at (607) 255-6582 or lauren.coffey@cornell.edu. Or, you can send a check to Cornell University, PO Box 25841, Lehigh Valley, PA  18003-9695

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

We’re depending on you and thanks for your support of the great class of 1955 !!! 





See more, know more - click on Hot Links! a quick way to get information


Executive Committee Meeting Notes -  These are the minutes from a meeting held during the CALC session February 2-3 attended by Co-Presidents Michael Avery and Phil Harvey, and Secretary Eva Ray in Baltimore, MD.

Treasurer's Report - Our year-end financial statement for the fiscal year 2016-17 is now posted.

Class Notes - Read news and memories from 1955ers starting with the May, 2016 issue of the Alumni News.  These are the same notes that appear in the alumni magazine, but now they can be both read and searched.

Numbers-Numbers-Numbers - Interesting class statistics with comparison to previous year.

Class Constitution - updated April 2017 to include new duties of Class Council members.

CACO on Facebook  -  this link takes you to (surprise!) the CACO (Cornell Alumni Class Officers) Facebook page.  You'll find news of what's happening on campus as well as links to games and other interesting options.  You can become a member or not - it's a public site - but joining gives you a bit more access to the page's capabilities.  Give it a try!

In Memorium - in memory of classmates who had passed away this year.  The link will take you to the Community Tab.  Scroll down to see the list.

The Good Old Days - Our class history copied from our 1955 graduation yearbook's look back at our four years at Cornell.  It's a fun read.

Cornell Daily Sun: Then and Now - The current of the Sun can be seen by clicking the link at the left.  If you want to search the digital archive, click Sun Archive.


Class Officers

Mike Avery

Phillip S. Harvey    

Co-Vice Presidents     
Carol Rittershausen Byron    

Bill Doerler

Daniel Krouner     

Eva Konig Ray     

Class Correspondent     
Nancy Savage Petrie     



Eva Konig Ray    

Class Correspondent     
Nancy Savage Petrie     


-Class Council-  

Rex Boda

Ron Ganales

Bill Laube

Nils Nordberg




 *Honorary Members
     of Class Council

*Ginny Panzer
*Peter Schluter


Website Editor
Jan Kunz