April 5, 1967–Cornell Fire

8 Nov

I am reblogging this post because of the recent interest in pursuing a new investigation.


Another memory of my father–He knew the horror of fire because of his involvement in the local volunteer fire department. In the early morning of April 5, 1967, he was summoned by phone to a fire at the Residential Building at Cornell, where eight students and one professor met their deaths. They were part of a six-year PhD program, wherein the brilliant participants were expected to obtain an undergraduate degree, a Master’s, and a PhD in six years. As part of this plan both sexes lived together in one building–the idea was that the sense of community would help them in their efforts. This was during the sixties and everyone was into group-think and consciousness raising. It probably made sense to Cornell to have all these young intellectuals together. Too bad they didn’t choose a building with the care they took to select the students.

The fire was later…

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