Dowd told students that a Cornell education was “boring and wasteful” in 1969, The Sun reported at the time, and said, “people are being crippled here.” The only thing that makes life interesting, he said, is the “ability to use your mind,” and he blamed the culture of Cornell largely on students and faculty.
The University will hold the moment of silence commemorating Thomas’ life at 5:15 p.m., and members of the Cornell community are encouraged to gather for support in Sage Atrium from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
To the Editor:
I’m happy to have seen some remembrance of the life of Father Daniel Berrigan in Tuesday’s Sun. I am disappointed, however, that aside from a few references to historical events of public record, The Sun seems not to have researched its own archives for a more substantial account of Dan’s time at Cornell. Writing as someone who was here at the time — and there are many besides me still in Ithaca — I can say that his example as man of conscience, poet and priest had a major influence on my education and life. I can only hope that today’s students encounter such great souls on their own journeys. Peter Fortunato, Arts and Sciences ’72
Prof. Emeritus Steve Stucky Ph.D. ’78, music, a widely acclaimed composer and Pulitzer Prize winner, died Sunday at his home in Ithaca. He was 66. Stucky taught at Cornell for 34 years, during which he founded Ensemble X — a musical collaboration between Ithaca College and Cornell faculty. He retired last year to teach at the Juilliard School, according to a Department of Music press release. Stucky was born in Kansas and studied at Baylor University in addition to Cornell.
Jeremy Ojalehto ’14 — a neurobiology student and Sigma Phi Epsilon brother known to his friends as “G” — died on Jan. 26 at age 23 in Monroe, Washington. After he sustained complications from a traumatic head injury after a jogging accident in 2013 during his senior year at Cornell, Ojalehto suffered from chronic migraines and long-term mental health issues. After Ojalehto’s brain injury, his family launched a crowdfunding campaign on youcaring.com in February 2015, with the goal of raising $40,000 to cover his treatment fees. At the time, Ojalehto had just been accepted to Skyland Trail — an Atlanta nonprofit mental health organization that would have provided him with treatment.