Alumni

2c – Menu – Stories about alumni

  • Work study job inspired career for alumna

    Jul 20, 2017

    This piece was written by Christina Koch ’98 in Retrofit magazine. It is a companion piece to a bigger article about Cornell’s energy-efficient improvements.

  • Williams give back through Greater > Than campaign

    Jul 19, 2017

    Richard Williams ’63 and his wife, honorary alumna Marlene Williams, have given $500,000 to Cornell’s Greater > Than campaign science facilities project.

  • Smiths support the sciences

    Jul 12, 2017

    Although John Smith ’71 was not focused on the sciences as a Cornell College student, he is one of the strongest proponents of the college’s Greater > Than campaign science facilities project.

  • Cornell alumnus recognized as Chicago’s best playwright

    Jul 10, 2017

    Chicago’s largest free weekly newspaper has recognized a Cornell College alumnus for his work on the theatre scene.

  • Eric Dewey ’84

    Jun 26, 2017

    United Way executive Eric Dewey ’84 died March 31 in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 54. He was chief executive officer of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. A native of Pontiac, Michigan, he majored in political science at Cornell. Prior to accepting the CEO position in Nashville in 2008, Dewey served in leadership roles for United […]

  • Kenneth Toepfer ’51

    Jun 26, 2017

    Educator Kenneth Toepfer ’51 died March 19 in State College, Pennsylvania, at age 88. He was provost emeritus of Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York City. A native of Charles City, Iowa, and the first in his family to attend college, he was Phi Beta Kappa at Cornell. After earning his bachelor’s degree […]

  • Robert Rowland ’47

    Jun 26, 2017

    Biophysicist Robert Rowland ’47 died March 19 in Chicago, Illinois, at age 94. He spent most of his career as a scientist, researcher, and administrator at Argonne National Laboratory. He retired in 1983 as director for biomedical and environmental research. After graduating from Cornell, he earned a master of science degree in physics from the […]

  • P. Roger Gillette ’37

    Jun 26, 2017

    Physicist and engineer P. Roger Gillette ’37 died on March 2 at age 99 in Salem, Oregon. He grew up in Mount Vernon, the son of Cornell College instructor C. Edgar Gillette and Celia Rodgers Gillette 1917. After receiving his doctorate in physics from the University of Illinois, he conducted classified military research at the […]

  • A life immersed in music

    Jun 26, 2017

    Rita Fandrich ’66 began her Cornell education years before she actually arrived in Mount Vernon. At age 12 she had the rare opportunity to study with Helen Venn, who after 29 years as professor of piano at Cornell, retired and moved home to the small Ohio community of North Bloomfield where Fandrich lived.  She recalls […]

  • For Davy, block plan started it all

    Jun 26, 2017

    When Kyle Davy ’11 talks about his Cornell experience, it all comes down to the block plan.   “I attribute many of my successes to the opportunities One Course At A Time gave me,” he says. Davy is the chief revenue officer for the Iowa Energy professional basketball team in Des Moines, Iowa. He took […]

  • From refugee camp to biotech with a stop on the Hilltop

    Jun 26, 2017

    The story of Alice Nguyen ’80 begins in Vietnam, winds its way through a refugee camp and the Cornell campus, to her current position as associate director for quality control at a California-based biotechnology company. She was born in what was then North Vietnam and moved to the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon when she […]

  • William Purden ’51

    Jun 26, 2017

    Coach, educator, and administrator William Purden ’51 died April 11 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, at age 88. Purden came to Cornell and majored in education and English after serving in the Marine Corps.   Purden began his career as a high school teacher and basketball coach with two-year stints at Huron, Winfield, and Fort Madison, Iowa. […]

  • Cornell’s first female Asian-American graduate

    Jun 24, 2017

    The first female Asian-American to graduate from Cornell was Masako Amemiya, who came to Mount Vernon in 1943 from an internment camp in California. She was one of about 5,500 young nisei (sons and daughters of Japanese immigrants to the United States) who were allowed to leave the camps to attend colleges in the Midwest […]

  • Cornell alumnus appointed as bishop in the Catholic Church

    May 19, 2017

    Pope Francis has appointed a Mount Vernon native to a big position in the Catholic Church in Iowa.

  • Ringers provide $1 million lead gift to science campaign

    May 5, 2017

    Jerry Ringer, a Mount Vernon native who attended Cornell College because of its reputation for educating future doctors, is helping to ensure the college will continue that legacy with a lead gift to the sciences.