About the Club

Since 1880, Buffalo Cornellians have been actively supporting the University. Today, the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo is dedicated to engaging area alumni, students, parents, and friends of Cornell with each other, the University, and Buffalo civic life.

There are over 2000 Cornell alumni in the area, and Cornell currently enrolls over 175 students from the Buffalo-Niagara region, or around 45 students in every entering class year.

A not-for-profit association, the Club remains an independent entity from the University although it retains close ties with the alumni office in Ithaca.

Officers (2016 – 2017)
President Tim Vanini ’91
Past President and Secretary — Jack McGowan ’80
Vice President, ProgrammingMatt Connors ’09
Treasurer Dave Meade ’81

DirectorJenn Warner ’04
Director – Patricia Herby ’08

Director, CAAAN Chair and WebmasterMatthew Nagowski ’05
Director,  Social ChairJay Sackett ’03
DirectorCelinda Crego ’79
DirectorKayla Sandway Klos ’89

Cornell Hotel Society — Upstate New York Chapter — Becky Burns MPS ’82
CALS Alumni Association — Western New York Contact — Jim Bittner ’80
ILR Alumni Association — Buffalo Chapter — Harvey Sanders ’86

Alumni Office Contact

Mindy Hillenbrand

Past Presidents of the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo


Jack McGowan ’80 (2013 – 2016)
Jenn Shirk ’04 (2011 – 2013)
Matthew P. Nagowski ’05 (2009 – 2011)
Julie Stiles ’91(2007 – 2008)
Tim Kane ’84 (2005 – 2007)

Dave Schiller ’74 (2002 – 2003)

David Zygaj (1994-1995)
Herbert R. Johnston (1993-1994)
Robin Secord ’88 (1992-1993)
Jay Brett ’53(1991 – 1992)
Shelly DiGiulio ’90 (1990-1991)
Robin Secord ’88 (1989-1990)
Mark Bauer ’79 (1988-1989)


Jack McGowan ’80 (1982-1983)
David K. Diebold J.D. ’67 (1979 – 1981)

Norman E. Joslin ’52 (1963-1964)
Henry R. Keller ’39 (1962-1963)
Roy T. Black Jr. ’38 (1961-1962)
Allan W. Carpenter ’16 (1960-1961)
Richard H. Wile ’26 (1959-1960)
John H. Gridley ’44 (1958-1959)
John T. Elfvin ’41 (1957-1958)
William S. Petrillo ’25 (1956-1957)
E. Alan Norstrom ’31 (1955-1956)
Robert J. Landsdowne ’23 (1954-1955)
Robert M. Rublee ’41 (1953-1954)
George Y. More ’38 (1952-1953)
William H. Harder ’31 (1951-1952)
John H. Berean ’25 (1950-1951)
Arthur M. Shelton ’14 (1949-1950)
Harold H. Williams ’09 (1948-1949)
Alfred M. Saperston ’19 (1947-1948)
Harold J. Tillou ’13 (1946-1947)
John Pennington ’24 (1945-1946)
James W. Oppenheimer ’32 (1944-1945)
Paul E. Fitzpatrick ’20 (1943-1944)
George A. Newbury ’17 (1942-1943)
Harry E. Harding ’05 (1941-1942)
Spencer E. Hickman ’05 (1940-1941)
Neil M. Willard ’18 (1939-1940)
Herbert R. Johnston ’17 (1938-1939)
Franklin R. Brown ’07 (1937-1938)
William T. Huber ’08 (1936-1937)
H. Halsey Miller ’11 (1935-1936)
Arvin J. Dillenback ’11 (1934-1935)
Floyd K. Smith ’93 (1933-1934)
Sidney S. Walcott ’16 (1932-1933)
James B. Wilson ’21 (1931-1932)
W. Morgan Kendall ’19 (1930-1931)
Fay H. Battey ’09 (1929-1930)
Frederick C. Backus ’14 (1928-1929)
James W. Persons ’06 (1927-1928)
Louis W. Simpson ’96 (1926-1927)
William H. Kennedy ’10 (1925-1926)
Lewis R. Gulick ’04 (1924-1925)
J. Fred Schoellkopf Jr. ’06 (1923-1924)
Ralph McCarty ’96 (1922-1923)
Parton Swift ’98 (1921-1922)
Arthur L. Jones ’06 (1920-1921)

Harry L. Taylor ’88 (1909)

Charles S. Jones ’84 (1905-1906)

E.B. Green ’78 (1880 – 1905) ?

Past Presidents of the Buffalo Club of Cornell Women


Elizabeth M. Howell ’51 (1980 – 1981)

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