Few of us know where we’ll be when we reach the age of 101, that is, if we aspire to live that long. Rosemary Hunt Todd, who’s just a little over a century old, graduated from Cornell University in 1931 and came back to sing the Alma Mater, the fight song, and to celebrate Cornell University‘s first 80th reunion.
Though Todd was the only one that made it to the reunion last Thursday, she was nonetheless elated to be back and enjoyed the warm welcome that she received from other alumni.
“It’s overwhelming,” she announced at the reunion. “I appreciate it to no end. I just can’t believe this would ever happen.”
Most would think the reason that Todd was the only one to show up to the reunion was because she was the only one still alive. Surprisingly, 30 class members are still kicking.
“This is absolutely amazing,” said Krystyn Tendy, from the class of 2006. “It’s wonderful to have them back. We’re honored to be part of this ceremony and be part of a university that brings people back after 80 years.”
The class president, since 1931, wrote all 30 members in longhand encouraging them all to attend. Bill Vanneman planned to attend, but passed away on April 26.
While Todd was the only class member of ’31 to actually make it to the reunion, her good friend and classmate, Ruth Laible Tallmadge, arrived at the campus the very next day. In 2006, five class members made it to their 75th class reunion, and 12 showed up to their 70th in 2001.
Via The Cornell Chronicle
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