This page contains current information on the IHS Class of 1961.  Now that our 50th reunion has been held, classmates can use this web page to post informative stories and information to communicate with the other members of the class.  To post, just click the left mouse button on "User Login" and follow the directions for entering the same Username and Password you defined when you posted your information and pictures on the Classmates Directory webpage.  Once you are logged in, select the subject of interest.  If you want to add information, click on "start a new topic" and fill in the field displayed.  If you have any trouble or questions, please contact John David at

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Post 55th Reunion Newser #1
March 15, 2017

We have finally officially designated our gift to the high school. You may remember that a representative from IPEA spoke to the 55th reunion participants. Our class has now donated $1500 to that organization which provides enrichment to students in the Ithaca public schools. Classmate Sue Ideman Hamilton suggested the group. Check it out at

IPEI is a non-profit organization that partners with the community and provides special grants and awards for teachers and students to allow them to follow these enrichment paths. In 2014-15 they awarded 82 grants totaling $93,319. Our gift will help fund three projects: An Exploration of Medieval Treasures and the role of the hero
Lauren McKown Mellander/IHS

In connection to their study of Beowulf students will look at relics from the Early and High Middle Ages (art and illuminated manuscripts) from Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art and Kroch Library.
Students will explore the art and relics of WWI at the Johnson Museum of Art in connection to their reading of A Farewell to Arms.

Ithaca High School Band 100th Anniversary Commission Project
Nicki Zawel/IHS
In honor of 100 years of musical excellence, the Ithaca High School Band celebrates their centennial year with a commissioned composition written expressly for them by internationally renowned composer, Michael Markowski.
Changing graphs and shapes from 2D paper into 3D space in Geometry and Calculus classes
Gauri Kolhatkar and David Pepe/IHS
We will use 3D pens in Geometry and Calculus classes to give an opportunity to our students to change figures from 2D paper into 3D objects to enhance their learning of abstract math concepts.
Many thanks to Sue and Linda Klein Hirvonen for working to find good uses for our class gift. We did not want our funds to go into a general fund which might sit unused.

We recently heard from the sister of our classmate, Bill L. Sullivan, who died in Vietnam on July 4th 1970. Lou Sullivan Cala had connected with the sister of one of Bill’s platoon mates and through her learned about the circumstances of Bill’s death. Here in a six minute video is Nancy Nersessian’s poignant story.

We know that many of you remember Bill and will be moved by the story. It is a reminder that the wounds of war last long after the fighting stops.

By now you may have heard that the online Ithaca High Alumni site ( is closing soon. We have been asked to let classmates know. As an alternative, the group has started a Face Book group, which you are cordially invited to join.

Sandy True writes: "while this website has been connecting IHS alums for over 10 years, the time has come for a change. To promote member participation and reduce cost/admin. workload, we're asking all members to join our new facebook group” which can be reached at:

Rest assured that our class website will continue for the foreseeable future. You are encouraged to check out the class website for new additions of various sorts. Please don’t forget to update your profile on the Classmate Directory. If you have forgotten your password to edit your contribution, contact John, and he will be glad to assist. John’s email is:

Thanks again to the classmates who have posted their profiles on the Classmate Directory recently. And thanks also to those who have updated information posted seven years ago. We would love to hear from everyone. Here is a chance for you to tell what has been important to you or what changes have occurred in your life recently.

Here's a quick tutorial on posting your profile, your story, your bio-sketch, your chance to tell the rest of us what you have been doing. Here goes:
-Click on
-When your screen settles and becomes clear, look at the menu on the left side. Click on the words "Classmate Directory."
-When that new screen comes up, look for the box marked "Add Your Profile," and click on it.
-Fill out the form with as much or as little information as you wish. Note that not everything will show on your entry. Your email address will be hidden, but if anyone would like to send you a message they can click on the box under your entry and write one to send you.

This website has become a virtual and continuing reunion. It has given us the chance to connect with old friends and read about others' lives. Please participate in writing this history of the IHS Class of 1961. Be a part of our Classmate Directory.

If you change any of your addresses, email or home, please be sure to edit your classmate directory and send George Kent the new information to update the master contact list. Just click on your reply icon to reach George.