On April 5, 1967, tragedy struck the Cornell community in the early hours of the morning as flames and smoke traveled through a dormitory building called the Cornell Heights Residential Club. Of the 71 persons housed in the building, the tragedy left nine dead and six persons injured. Eight of the nine were students — six females, and two males. The male victims were freshmen, students in the Six-year Ph.D. program. The women were seniors and graduate students. The last of the nine was Prof. John Finch, English. The casualties were attributed to smoke. The Sun reported the fire as, “the greatest fire tragedy in Ithaca history.” Over 100 firemen battled the blaze.