Distinguished Cornell '79 Classmates Honored at Reunions

During the past 35 years many classmates, as you might expect, have become quite prolific. We have made lasting contributions and received many important honors. We are accomplished architects, artists, CEOs, clergy, coaches, designers, doctors, editors, educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, entertainers, farmers, financiers, hoteliers, judges, lawyers, nutritionists, public servants, restaurateurs, scientists and veterinarians amongst other occupations and avocations.

Recognizing this, the Class Officers borrowed a page from the book, “The 100 Most Notable Cornellians” by Cornell professors Glenn Altschuler, Isaac Kramnick, and Laurence Moore. We solicited nominations from our class, consulted with classmates and with Cornell’s Alumni Affairs and Development Staff and performed intensive web research on backgrounds and accomplishments. The selection process was extremely difficult as the accomplishments are many and outstanding. We defined a Distinguished Classmate as a person who has made a meaningful, recognizable and lasting contribution to their profession, community, business or constituency. In the end, we identified twenty-five Distinguished Classmates in honor of our 25th Reunion in 2004, thirty in honor of our 30th Reunion in 2009, and thirty-five in honor of our 35th reunion in 2014.

These 90 Distinguished Classmates span eight broad fields: arts/media, education, entrepreneurship, health care/medicine, product businesses, public service, service businesses and service to Cornell. They represent all seven Cornell undergraduate colleges and hail from across the globe. This website contains a short biographical sketch and picture of each of the classmates. We want to thank the Cornell Alumni Association as the development of this website was supported by a Cornell Alumni Association grant.

We hope you enjoy reading about some of the classmates with whom you shared undergraduate years at Cornell. We hope you are moved by their accomplishments and what they have given back to their families and communities. We hope that you will submit your recommendations (download pdf) about other classmates, from all walks of life, who we should consider including in the next installment of Distinguished Classmates during our 40th Reunion in 2019.