Welcome to the Alumni Class of 1955




  • Plan Ahead - The yearly CALC meeting is now 3 days rather than two.  It is scheduled  to take place in Philadelphia, PA from February 1 - 3, 2018.
  • Notes from the September 16th Executive Meeting are posted.  See "Hot Links". 
  • Our '55 Scholarship Award winner has been selected.  See his thank you letter below.
  • First quarter financials are posted.  See Treasurer's Report in Hot Links!
  • Andy Dadagian is now a new member of the '55 Class Council.
  • November - December Class Notes are posted.  See Hot Links!

Executive Committee Meeting

An Executive Committee meeting was held Saturday, September 16 at Phil Harvey's home in Chadds Ford, PA.  Meeting notes have been prepared and are available by clicking HERE.

After the meeting the committee went to the Cornell - University of Delaware football game (don't ask about the score).  Attending were Co-President Michael Avery and his wife Catherine Millian, Co-President Phil Harvey, Secretary Eva Ray, Past President Fred Antil, and Lauren Coffey, our alumni go-to person, and husband Jami


Andrew Snyder, Camp Hill, PA, was selected as the recipient of this year's Class of'55 scholarship award.  We have received a thank you letter from him describing his academic interests and how our scholarship will help him achieve them.  To see the complete letter, click HERE.

Recent Events 

Homecoming 2017

Pollack Inauguration - August 25   

Dedication of Cornell Tech in NYC 



The new Cornell Health facility was dedicated on Friday, October 20, 2017

At our 60th reunion the Class  of 1955  donated $100,000 to name a room in this facility.  Friday's dedication was attended by current class Co-President Michael Avery and Past President Fred Antil, who are shown here with Cornell President Martha Pollack.  Fred was Co-President with Barbara Peltz when the donation was initiated. 

The list of donors is shown below along with sections of the dedication brochure.  Our contribution is shown on the upper right of the list. 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.


The university's web page for Cornell Health is https://health.cornell.edu.  If you want to see the new center and the room we supported, 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.  It would be best to advise Sharon of your interest prior to your visit.  Her email is SD15@cornell.edu


Andy Dadagian joins Class Council

 Andy, an active ENT surgeon in New Bedford, MA has joined the '55 Class Council.  He and his wife Barbara, who soon will be celebrating their 58th anniversary, have five children and eleven healthy and bright grandchildren. 

Andy DadagianAs you can see by the accompanying photo, Andy is a die-hard Patriots fan - and yes, those are five Super Bowl rings and yes, that's a Super Bowl trophy. 

Now that he is part of the Class Council he says he is looking forward to schmoozing with other members of this august body.  Spoiler alert - you will be hearing soon about a luncheon he is planning for classmates in his area this fall. 

Welcome Andy!



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


Executive Committee Meeting Notes -  These are the notes from the Executive Committee meeting held September 16.

Treasurer's Report - Our first quarter financial statement for the fiscal year 2017-18 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

Philip S. Harvey    

Co-Vice Presidents     
Carol Rittershausen Byron    

Bill Doerler

Daniel Krouner     

Eva Konig Ray    

Class Correspondent     
Nancy Savage Petrie     



- Class Council -  

Andy Dadagian

Hal Fountain

Ron Ganales

Bill Laube

Nils Nordberg