Steve Sartori

A Tradition of Giving

As Syracuse University alumni, we are fortunate to have fond memories of our years together on campus and the many unforgettable traditions that connect us to our alma mater. For every generation of SU students, some old traditions end and new ones begin, changing to meet the needs of our society and campus environment.

Gone are the days of the Colgate University football rivalry, parades with elaborate floats, and cars backed up along Greek Row as city residents motored up to the Hill to view the ice sculpture competition. Yet other traditions—such as listening to the Crouse College chimes on the Quad, welcoming the first snowfall with a snowball fight in Walnut Park, heading to the Varsity after a victorious football game to upend the banner of the vanquished opponent, or celebrating at the Commencement Eve Dinner Dance—live on and unite us all.

What is your most cherished SU tradition? Please e-mail us at and share your story. We will post some of your reflections on the alumni web site at and periodically include one in this section of Syracuse University Magazine.

I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about the exciting traditions that helped build our wonderful University.

Lil Breul O’Rourke ’77

Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations

A Family Tradition

This is the first in a series of stories about multigenerational SU families.

Liza Dalrymple ’83 feels virtually no separation between Syracuse University and her family, which boasts three generations of SU alumni—1900 to 1983.

Dalrymple’s grandfather, Hermon Horatio Downey—believed to be the first person from his hometown of Akron, New York to attend college—chose Syracuse University for his studies. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1900 and began a family tradition. “Twelve people in my family followed my grandfather’s lead and attended SU,” Dalrymple says.

Downey, a Methodist minister who taught poetry at SU, had one child, Vivian, who graduated from SU in 1922. After his first wife died, Downey and his second wife, Mary Wyckoff, had three children, all of whom graduated from SU: Beverly earned a bachelor’s degree in 1944 and a master’s degree in 1945; Joanne’s undergraduate degree was conferred in 1948; and Bradford graduated in 1949.

Hermon Downey’s extended family also followed him to SU. His nephews, Hermon and Wilfred Swift, earned SU degrees in the 1920s. Another nephew, Paul William Downey, attended the University, but left to fight in World War I. Unfortunately he contracted influenza and died on his way home from the war.

On a brighter note, romance blossomed at Syracuse University for two of Downey’s children. Bradford Downey met his wife, Gertrude Roney ’50, on the Hill. Joanne Downey and Stanley Dalrymple ’52 met at SU and were married in a Hendricks Chapel ceremony performed by Hermon Downey the day before he retired.

The Dalrymples’ daughters, Mary Jo Dalrymple Riley ’80, the first woman to receive a crew scholarship to SU, and her sister Liza Dalrymple ’83, pledged Alpha Gamma Delta and were roommates in the same sorority house they had visited as children. “After my grandfather, Hermon Downey, died, my grandmother, Mary Wyckoff Downey, was Alpha Gamma Delta’s house mother from 1958 until 1976,” Liza Dalrymple says. “When we visited her, we went to the sorority house. Every year, 30 members of our family had Thanksgiving dinner at the house and stayed the weekend. It’s like I grew up on campus. It’s home to me.”

As the latest generation of Downey’s family comes of age, Liza Dalrymple looks to them to carry on the family tradition at Syracuse. “We hope my sister’s daughter decides to go to SU,” she says. “That would be great.”


Steve Sartori
honored during Homecoming Weekend 2001
Outstanding Job
Carol Johnson Hurlburt ’61 and Sid Hurlburt ’61, center, of Reston, Virginia, were honored during Homecoming Weekend 2001 for their active support of Syracuse University. Offering congratulations are Debbie Fritsche ’74, left, SU trustee and alumni association president, and Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. Other award recipients included Leonard Elman ’52 and Alfred Cade G’65, outstanding alumni; Susan Schwenderman ’87, outstanding young alumna; and Jim Ridlon ’57, G’61, outstanding teacher.

Cuban Sights
From the streets of Havana to Hemingway’s estate in San Francisco De Paula, Lee Anthon ’56 was finally able to explore the historic sights and culture of Cuba. Under a bright blue Caribbean sky in mid-February, she joined a group of SU alumni and friends on a six-day trip to Cuba, sponsored by the Syracuse University Alumni Association. “I had an opportunity to visit Cuba three years ago, but my passport expired, and I had to cancel my trip,” Anthon says. “I figured I would go to Cuba eventually—I just didn’t think I’d be able to go so soon after that.”

Not many Americans have been as fortunate as Anthon. Because Cuba is a communist country, the U.S. government has placed restrictions on Americans spending travel money there. However, a cultural or educational tour, such as the SU alumni tour, is exempt from those restrictions.

SU tour host Gary Livent, senior director of external relations in the Maxwell School, says there were plenty of opportunities during the trip to stroll the streets of Havana and interact with Cuban citizens. “We found the Cuban people to be quite friendly,” says Livent. “We didn’t pick up any anti-American feelings at all, and no animosity was directed toward us.”

Group members, including SU Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph Lampe ’53, G’55 and his wife Shawn, attended a lecture presented by U.S. State Department representatives, who discussed America’s political relationship with Cuba. Each morning the group attended lectures on Cuban culture, covering such topics as art, agriculture, and architecture. “The lectures gave us background information so we could appreciate and understand what we were going to see later on that day,” Livent says. “Following the lecture on architecture, we toured buildings in Havana dating back to the 17th century.”

For Anthon, one of the trip’s highlights was a visit to the Colon Cemetery, which holds the remains of great figures in Cuban history. She was impressed with the cemetery’s decorative marble and tombstones and fascinated by the stories of the people buried there. “It is the most beautiful cemetery,” says Anthon, who is already planning another trip to Cuba. “The trip was fantastic and really worthwhile. I’m glad I had the opportunity to go.”

Courtesy of AHI International

A Cuban artisan weaves hats in Havana’s Cathedral Square.


Stu Lisson
Tim Green ’86, G’94, right, former SU head football coach Dick MacPherson, and former NFL quarterback Steve Young celebrate Green’s and Young’s inductions into the College Football Hall of Fame
Gridiron Greats
Tim Green ’86, G’94, right, former SU head football coach Dick MacPherson, and former NFL quarterback Steve Young celebrate Green’s and Young’s inductions into the College Football Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City last winter.

Join Your Local Alumni club!

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET INVOLVED with your local alumni club. Clubs participate in a variety of activities, including game-watching events, networking opportunities, new student recruiting, and community service projects.

Visit the Office of Alumni Relations web site at:

The Programs link on our home page will take you to the club pages. There you will find a complete listing of all our regional and specialty clubs, as well as the club contact’s name, phone number, and e-mail address. For information on the club nearest you, contact the person listed or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-782-5867.

Steve Sartori
Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin, a 1983 graduate of the Department of Drama in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, received the George Arents Pioneer Medal, Syracuse University’s highest alumni honor. Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, Mary Ann Shaw, and the SU Alumni Association presented the award to Sorkin last fall at an event held at the Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills, California, in recognition of his accomplishments in the field of dramatic writing. Sorkin is the creator, writer, and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning NBC drama The West Wing. His playwriting and screenwriting credits include A Few Good Men, Malice, and The American President.

Orange Friendzy
The Office of Alumni Relations held a contest to name SU’s pregame events—and the winner is: “Orange Friendzy.” The office is now in the process of selecting a location to hold the Orange Friendzy events two hours before kickoff of every home football game next season. All Orange Pack members, SU alumni, patrons, and friends are encouraged to stop by. Don’t forget Homecoming Weekend, October 4-6, 2002.

Orange Friendzies are also planned for five of SU’s away football games—Brigham Young, Auburn, Temple, Central Florida, and Boston College. All Orange Friendzy events will be co-sponsored by Orange Pack and the Office of Alumni Relations. Event details will be posted on the alumni relations web site ( as soon as they are available.


Way Down South
Imagine you are 18 years old and about to leave family, friends, and warm Atlanta winters behind to travel 1,000 miles north to attend Syracuse University. Starting to get cold feet? That’s when Rick Stockfield ’92, G’94 and the SU Alumni Club of Atlanta come to the rescue.

Stockfield and his wife, Mindy ’93, resurrected the former SU Alumni Club of Georgia to bring together alumni who can help break the ice and ease the transition for incoming freshmen from the Atlanta area. The group, now called the SU Alumni Club of Atlanta, sponsors a send-off party in the home of an alumnus every August to prepare rookie students for the SU experience. “There’s a comfort factor in the program,” says Mindy Stockfield. “Incoming freshmen meet with SU alumni and current students to swap stories. It’s run as a question-and-answer session, and people offer honest responses.”

In addition to the annual send-off party, the club gathers at a local brewery to cheer on the Orangemen during televised football and basketball games; brings in campus speakers to address some of the 2,000 Atlanta-area alumni on a variety of topics; hosts a networking night in February; and holds an annual dinner each spring. Through its activities and special fund-raising drives, the club supports an annual scholarship for an SU upperclassman.

As its slogan suggests, the club invites all Atlanta-area alumni to “Come Share in Something Familiar” and reconnect with a vibrant part of their past. For more information, visit


Orr Honored
Louis Orr ’80, former SU basketball star and assistant coach and current head basketball coach at Seton Hall University, was honored with the Syracuse University New York City Sports Hall of Fame Award. The award was presented to Orr by Joseph Lampe ’53, G’55, chair of SU’s Board of Trustees, at an event held at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. More than 300 SU alumni were welcomed to the event by former SU quarterback Don McPherson ’87. The master of ceremonies for the evening was sportscaster Ian Eagle ’90.

Dug GilliesAlumni Association Board
Alumni Association Board
The SU Alumni Association Board of Directors
met for its spring meeting at Greenberg House in Washington, D.C. Front row, left to right: Don Doerr ’85, G’88, Arlene Bluestone ’55, Ellen Baker Baltz ’73, Lori Zisk Rosner ’76, Joanne Fogel Alper ’72, Debbie Fritsche ’74, Shereth Landrum Coble ’64, Brad Glazer G’76, Lil Breul O'Rourke ’77; middle row: Donald McPherson ’87, Jonathan Hoster ’02, Heather McCumber Landesman ’95, Neil Gold ’70, Walter Bobkiewicz G’89, Greg Wilson ’80, Jim Winschel ’71, G’73; back row: David Aitken ’94, Lou Walker ’75, G’82, Dan Kaseman ’80, Robert Woodruff ’73, Ben Green ’85.

Well Done
2001 Alumni Club of the Year: Alumni Club of Chicago.

2001 Alumni Club Program of the Year: Alumni Club of the Capital District for its involvement in Party for a Plate to support the regional food bank in Albany, New York.

2001 Alumni Club Officer of the Year: Dawn Armstrong of the Alumni Club of Arizona.

2001 Alumni Club Community Service Award: Alumni Club of Western New York for its work with the Akron Relay for Life kickoff breakfast.

Courtesy of Sotira YiacoumiEight L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science alumni met in Seoul
Seoul Mates
Eight L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science alumni met in Seoul
, South Korea, last year. Standing, left to right, are: Chang-Upp Choo G’93, professor at Hansung University; Yongwon Jung G’91, professor and department chair at Inha University; Joong S. Noh G’89, vice president of LG-Caltex Oil Corp.; and Jongheop Yi G’91, professor at Seoul National University. Seated, left ot right, are: Hge-Bong Kim; Sotira Yiacoumi G’87, G’92, professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Costas Tsouris G’88, G’92, researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Jae-Heum Bae G’85, G’89, dean of engineering at the University of Suwon; and Tai J. Kim G’86, professor at the University of Suwon and president of Biotel Company.


Retiring Club Presidents
Two alumni club presidents, Christopher Root of Washington, D.C., and Alison Nathan of Cleveland, recently completed their terms of office. We thank them for their continuing commitment.

Freund and Friends
Freund and Friends
Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah A. Freund talks with Bill Archbold ’50, left, and Chris Fallon G’72 following an event sponsored by the Philadelphia Alumni Club to update alumni on the University’s Academic Plan.


For information on alumni
travel opportunities, contact Tina Casella
in the Office of Alumni Relations at
1-800-SUALUMS or e-mail

Let Us Know
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Staying in Touch
If you want information on:
• Alumni events
• The SU Alumni Online Community
• The SU alumni club in your area
Visit the Office of Alumni Relations web site at and click on the appropriate link, or call 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867).



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