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Marilyn Belcher (Whisman)
June 21, 1943 Goddard KS retired Married 2 Belle Sherman no
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Jim (James C) White (Jr)
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May 17, 1943 Atlanta GA Retired airline employee Married 2 Graduated Cornell majoring Sociology and Sherwoods, then 2 yrs Peace Corps in S America and 2 1/2 yrs teaching NYC Pub Schools in Spanish Harlem & S. Bronx. Traveled Europe 1 yr & Africa 1 yr. Met wife in Khartoum. Drove NYC taxi,traveled S & Central America 1 yr and imported French menswear 1 yr. Managed Madison Ave store until overseas owner went bankrupt. Joined Eastern Air in NYC/KC/ATL for 13 yrs, National Air 2 yrs, Kiwi Air 3 yrs-all bankrupt. Expedia cust svc 2 years, Atlantic SE Air 6 positions in 11 years. My division closed June 2009. I retired, wife loves her job. Have traveled 110+ countries-looking for more. Still singing with Sherwoods at all Cornell reunions.
One more try-wife shot by crazy neighbor during 1996 IHS reunion-fully recovered but I missed the party taking the only flights back to ATL.  Bumped off flight 2001and missed that reunion. Send Jim (James C) a MessageSend Jim (James C) a Message
Robert Whitney
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September 24, 1943 Tucson AZ Teacher (retired military) Married 3
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Jennifer Wallace (Wilcox)
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September 03, 1943 Ithaca NY Accountant Widowed 1 East Hill Boynton Boynton Jr. High School After graduation, I lived in Miami for both school and working for 3 years. I came back to Ithaca in 1967. I married Fred (Porky) Wilcox in 1971 and my daughter was born in 1982. Porky died in 1983. My daughter, Shannon, and I have been together since. Shannon graduated from Ithaca College in 2006. I worked at Ithaca Gun Company for 14 years. I have worked for the Ithaca Police Department as an accountant since 1990. Shannon now lives in Brooklyn and works at a marketting firm in Manhatten.
My intrest and hobbies revolve around reading, social groups, my church, my family and my Bassett Hound.
Dean Wilkins
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Sharpsburg GA Married 2 After high school it took me a couple of years to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I went to Spartan University in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a few years while working and learning about aircraft maintenance. I married Barbara Everhart 1966 and lived in Kansas City MO; Still married to Barbara now. We moved back to NY and lived on Long Island until 1972. We then move to Jacksonville, Florida and raised two boys. I was in management and became a full time pilot in the mid seventies and progressed from there. We moved to New Orleans, LA in 1988; I worked for a large mining company as their Assistant Director of Aviation and was traveling worldwide until 2000 when I went to work with Boeing in Seattle, WA as a pilot / instructor and move to Atlanta, Georgia which is where I am now. I am looking at retirement very soon. So that's my story.

Dean Passed away on February 17, 2014. His obituary can be read on the Classmates Passed Away webpage or CLICK HERE.

Ruth Buncom (Williams)
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January 04, 1944 Columbia MD Retired & PT Marketing Consultant thewilliamsgroup.energy526.com/Home.aspx Married 2 Henry St. John Boynton Jr. High IHS I attended Central City Business Institute in Syracuse. After graduation I returned to Ithaca and worked at Cornell for a couple years. Left Ithaca in 1964 and moved to Hollis, NY in Queens. Worked for the Dept. of Correction at the House of Detention in Greenwich Village doing case histories on the female prisoners. Decided it was time to move on when I actually thought a female prisoner was a male from the outside...oops!

Worked for the Director of Radiology at Bellevue Hospital for 5yrs. Went back to school for medical assisting. Did a lot of traveling w/my sister to many islands in the West Indies, London, Paris and Amsterdam. I also visited some of the southern states, as well as Denver Colorado, California, Vegas, etc. I love traveling. My parents were born in the Netherland Antilles on a Dutch island called St. Eustatius (10 mins. by air from St. Maarten or St. Martin (French and Dutch) so their home was our first trip. I actually got to visit again, 30 yrs. later this past Christmas. (This trip included St. Maarten.

Worked 5yrs. at New York Hospital where I met my husband and moved to Maryland in 1982. I wanted to relocate and heard about this area and the excellent schools. My husband came twice but had no luck finding employment. I came down by myself even though I knew no one. My husband had an uncle in Baltimore. I didn't have a car or driver's license, and the bus system was very limited (most people had 2 cars). However, I did a lot of walking and am proud to say I found a job, a daycare center and an apartment in 3 days. With the help of family we relocated and the most difficult part was my husband had to stay in NY and keep his job, visiting most weekends. I walked everywhere, dropped my daughter to daycare (the other walked to school w/friends) and then rushed to work.

My oldest was in 2nd grade. She quickly became a "latch key kid". I tried to pay a teen to walk her home but she was too independent for that. A woman at the daycare said she would bring my youngest daughter home with her (she lived across the street) and I did not have to pick her up anymore. I was so happy! I later found a good babysitter. After a year my husband left NY for good. We even got a car and explored this wonderful historical area including Washington, Pennsylvania and Virginia. There are a lot of festivals and things to do.

I worked for the local newspaper and 6yrs. for a Dermatologist. Later worked at home for Disabled American Veterans and had a home business through a company called "Melaleuca".

I was very involved in my kids’ school activities. My oldest grew up playing basketball and soccer, but soccer is her love. She also played women's soccer at UMBC and co-ed up until a few yrs ago. The youngest played soccer for a short while too. She was a high school cheerleader, on the dance team and they both played the flute.

They have grown to be strong, independent young women. My oldest graduated from college with a graphic design degree. She is a very talented artist and won several awards in competitions in high school. She does contract and freelance work creating logos, websites, etc. She has recently returned to school to earn a certification in multimedia technology and made the Dean's List her 1st semester.

My youngest is an attorney who is fortunate to be alive after a very serious accident in 1997 in which she suffered many injuries including her brain. She had only completed a semester of college. She refused to listen to her psychologist regarding her future. She was very pleased when the Dean told her she had been awarded a private scholarship for a full ride and books. She graduated summa cum laude from the Honors program. She also obtained a Law degree and a Master's degree in Public Administration (10 students in program). We attended two graduation ceremonies on the same day in 2004 at Syracuse University. She currently is involved in the area of Family Law with a specialty in child abuse and neglect matters. I believe she will be a Judge some day. I had found a third grade essay she had written saying she wanted to be a Lawyer and a Judge.


A number of years ago I became known as the "muffin lady." I carried a basket full of large Texas-size muffins, oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies, as well as some other types. I also bake cakes. People love my baked goods. I would go to office buildings and sell them. Sometimes I sell cookies from my car after church. My daughters want me to find a way to market them. I'm involved with church activities and sing tenor in the choir (so-low u can't hear me). Enjoying traveling w/husband and family trips, movies, gym, zumba/aerobics classes, reading and walking.

Columbia/Ellicott City has recently been rated by Money Magazine, as the second best place to live in the nation out of their ten top cities. I have been very pleased with my choice. All for now folks if you want to read more there's a whole chapter in the Bible called the "Book of Ruth!" LOL!
Hi to all of my former Classmates!

All of u are very dear to me because my relationships with you were part of the foundation of my life. I have so many great memories of Ithaca and am proud to say I have been able to associate names and faces with many of you after all these years. I am sure we all have bouts with the "short term syndrome" but that is part of life. I feel so blessed to be alive and remembering our classmates who have gone on is very painful to me, as I am sure it is to all of you.

I look forward to meeting with you at the reunion and pray that God will keep all of us safe and in good health until that appointed time. I usually never want to acknowledge my age; but since we are all in the same boat give or take a year, I had no stress at all typing in my year of birth. (smile) Birds of a feather!
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Anne Mosher (Wimsatt)
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May 18, 1943 Lewistown PA Retired from book retailing Divorced 2 Boynton Boynton After I graduated from IHS, my first job was as a clerk in the Corner Book Store, owned by the DeMottes, the parents of our Classmates, Chuck and Jim. There I learned many skills which helped me out later in school and business. Then I entered Swarthmore College. During my freshman year there, in physical education I acquired my water safety instructor certificate, and with that in hand I applied to be a waterfront counselor at the Girl Scout Camp Comstock on the west side of Lake Cayuga. That began a pattern: summers at Camp Comstock and Christmas break at the Corner Book Store. While at Swarthmore, I also worked part-time in the archives of its Friends Historical Library (Swarthmore, like Pennsylvania, was founded by the Quakers). I became quite familiar with researching material about William Penn. I also worked as a resident assistant in my senior year.

During the spring of my senior year, my academic advisor informed me that Cornell was offering a new kind of degree for teachers, an M.A.T. (masters of arts in teaching). Cornell’s theory was that teachers should be more trained in the subject they taught than in education. I was accepted into the pilot group (as was our classmate, Nan Chatfield). During an abbreviated summer school class we studied history, psychology, and methods of education. That was enough to qualify us for teacher’s licenses. In the fall semester, I attended graduate seminars in English literature along with candidates for masters in arts for English. Cornell’s other idea was that teachers best learn to teach by teaching, so I was assigned to teach English at IHS, only two classes so I had time to prepare for the next classes and consult with experienced teachers, some of whom had taught me.

To back up, chronologically, I had been dating our classmate, Mike Wimsatt. He entered Cornell after graduating from IHS, but dropped out after his sophomore year to serve in the Peace Corps, which he did in Columbia from 1963 to 1965. When he returned to Cornell for his junior year in a pre-med program, I was in the masters program described above. When I got that degree, we got married. While he completed his studies at Cornell, I taught English at Boynton Junior High. One fond memory I have from that year was, while I was supervising students as they lined up to board school buses, a car pulled up to the curb and an English professor I had had the previous fall and whose son I had taught the previous spring stepped out and addressed me. “Miss Mosher, I want to thank you for being a good English teacher. My son now knows what I do for a living.” I later learned by the grapevine (my mother and I met the professor’s wife in a grocery store and she filled me in) that he had majored in English, gotten a PHD in English and was an English professor at another university in New York State. That’s the kind of success story teachers like to hear!

While Mike attended medical school at the University of Rochester (1967-71), I taught English at Brighton High School in Rochester.

Our next stop was at Cooperstown, N.Y. where Mike had been accepted to serve his internship and residency in surgery at the M.I. Bassett Hospital, affiliated with Columbia University. In the first year I worked as the activities director of the extended care facility. That involved working with young to middle-aged reasonably healthy patients in traction because they had been injured in accidents and elderly patients needing medical attention as they awaited entrance to a nursing home. Basically, what I did was visit every patient each day, especially those who had no family or other visitors. When the word got out that the hospital was computerizing its operations, I applied to be a computer programmer. With my good training in math at IHS, I passed the aptitude test and got the job. It was very simple programming (admissions lists, inventory control, etc.) which my youngest son has told me any monkey could have done, but I enjoyed it.

Then we moved again, to New York City. Mike had to spend one year at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital to get experience with urban surgical emergencies. We lived in student housing on the west side of Manhattan overlooking the Washington Bridge. That year, I did some part-time work for a nursing candidate for an advanced degree, but otherwise was not employed.

Shortly after our return to Cooperstown, our first son, Michael, was born in 11/73. After that, the only unusual thing I did was to join Mike in instructions to become a glider pilot. When my instructor advised me that I was ready to solo, I declined, because I had a one year old child on the ground and didn’t want a license enough to risk my life, though I was flattered to have the chance. Next, our second son, Ted, was born (5/75).

With Mike’s residency ending in ’76, he had a choice to make. The military draft having ended, the word went out that surgical residents who didn’t volunteer were likely to be drafted into a MASH unit, so he volunteered to enter the Air Force. He did and we moved to Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth N.H. I enjoyed that time in New England and was mostly occupied as being a mother.

In 1978, we moved to Lewistown (Mike’s preference for rural medicine and proximity to a glider port). From 1986-92 I owned and enjoyed working in my own bookstore, with my sons helping out. In 1988 Mike and I divorced and he remarried. Now that my sons are grown and on their own, my major activities are in civic activities, enjoying the fact that people recognize me by name because they remember me from the bookstore.
My hobbies are the national political scene (by print and on TV), gardening, composting, recycling, reading, and doing crossword puzzles.

I’m doing well and I am happy.  My best to all of you.
Paul Wolfowitz
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December 22, 1943 Chevy Chase MD Researcher/Consultant Committed Relationship 3 Belle Sherman Boynton Yes. Lots of time in government -- not really anything I had planned on. I'll paste a current bio below. I'm afraid it sounds pompous and official, but I'm feeling lazy and I gather you need one more classmate to beat the class of '62!
The most important facts are not in the bio: I have three wonderful children, Sara (33) who is a social worker in Oakland, California, David (30) who works for Hess Oil Company in NYC and Rachel (23) who works with patients with Traumatic Brain Injury at Bethesda Naval Medical Center.
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Here's the bio that was used when I spoke for a recent fund-raising event for Westchester Community College (again my apologies for doing it this way):
Ambassador Paul Wolfowitz is currently a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He has spent more than three decades as a public servant and educator, including 24 years in U.S. government service under seven U.S. presidents and two years as President of the World Bank. He studied mathematics and chemistry at Cornell University, where he received his B.A. in 1965, and received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Yale and Johns Hopkins University and was Dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Ambassador Wolfowitz served as President of the World Bank from June 2005 to June 2007. Under his leadership, the Bank led the successful implementation of the Gleaneagles debt cancellation for the world’s poorest countries, provided record levels of support for the poorest countries, particularly in Africa, and for the private sector in developing countries and increased support for infrastructure, agriculture, and – by ten-fold – for anti malaria programs. He also led the effort to develop and gain support for a new World Bank strategy to address governance and anti-corruption, as well as new strategies to address the needs of countries in post-conflict emergency situations, support for financial sector development and health and nutrition, and started the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative.
Ambassador Wolfowitz’s government service began as a graduate student working on the U.S. foreign assistance budget. Later, he left a teaching position at Yale to work in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks with the then Soviet Union and on nuclear non-proliferation. Later in the 1970’s he worked in the U.S. Defense Department’s systems analysis office on regional security problems, leading – among other efforts – the first in depth look at U.S. security challenges in the Persian Gulf.
In 1981, Ambassador Wolfowitz was named head of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. State Department, where he helped to develop President Reagan’s 1982 Middle East peace initiative. In late 1982 he was appointed by Secretary of State George Shultz to be Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, working directly with the leaders of more than 20 countries in the Pacific region. In that position, Ambassador Wolfowitz played a key role in supporting the peaceful transition to democracy in the Philippines in 1986. He also worked to improve U.S. relations with China, strengthen alliances with Japan and Korea, and lay the groundwork for the democratic transition in Korea.
In 1986 Ambassador Wolfowitz was named U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, the fourth most-populous country in the world with the world’s largest Muslim population. During his three years in that country, he was deeply involved in development issues and was known for reaching out to all elements of society and for his advocacy of reform and political openness. Under his leadership, the embassy in Jakarta received an award as one of the best-managed U.S. diplomatic missions in the world. He has maintained a close relationship with Indonesia ever since for the last 25 years.
In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed Ambassador Wolfowitz to the post of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he played an important role in planning the successful liberation of Kuwait, including organizing the fundraising effort that raised $50 billion in multilateral support and developing and implementing the strategy that kept Israel from entering the war. He also played a leadership role in the historic nuclear arms reduction initiative of September 1991. As Deputy Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush from 2001-2005, Ambassador Wolfowitz’s responsibilities included oversight of the budget and procurement process as well as the development of policy to respond to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and to guide the conduct of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ambassador Wolfowitz has also been a leader in higher education. From 1994-2001, he served as Dean and Professor of International Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University. Earlier, he taught political science at Yale University. Ambassador Wolfowitz has written widely on foreign policy, diplomacy and national security, and has been a member of the advisory boards of Foreign Affairs and The National Interest.
Ambassador Wolfowitz is currently a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is Chairman of the U.S. Taiwan Business Council and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Clinton Global Initiative, ING Americas, and Brevan-Howard LLP.
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Helena Wood
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January 20, 1944 Groton NY RETIREE Single 1 Graduated in 1961 of course, started working at Ithaca College in 1961, then went to work for a couple of clothing stores in Ithaca. I started working at Cornell in 1971 and just retired 2005. Still working part time at Cornell, when needed and have a couple of clients I work for, so really have not retired completely. Travel various places over the lifetime, greatest trip was to Alaska, how beautiful. I have lived in Groton, NY for the past 23 years.
I have had a wonder life. I have a lovely daughter Lisa and son-in-law Frank, and OF COURSE a grandchild Sam who turns 12 yrs old in May.  We all live in Groton, which to me is great, I see my grandchild as much as I want.
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Jim Woodside
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October 10, 1942 Portage MI semi-retired Divorced 2 Immaculate Conception/Henry St. Johns Boynton Boynton Returned and graduated from Cornell's School of Hotel Administration after President Nixon gave a lot of us an early out from the Vietnam crisis. Spent the next 30+ years in the hospitality industry on the East Coast and later, in Michigan. Am now semi-retired and enjoying my first grandchild - an adorable little girl that has completely captivated her dad, grandmother and me! Grandchildren are God's greatest gift!
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