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William "Bill" Vanneman '31 Outstanding Class Leader Award

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Catherine Holmes
Associate Director
Office of Volunteer Programs



Vanneman addressing the Class of 2000 during Reunion 2005

In January of 2005, the Cornell Association of Class Officers established the William “Bill” Vanneman ’31 Outstanding Class Leader Award to recognize Cornell alumni who in their capacity as class officers have provided long-term exemplary service to the university and to their individual classes. The award is appropriately named in honor of Bill Vanneman ’31, who served his class tirelessly for over 75 years.

The Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO) is very pleased to present Marshall Frank '61 and Rosanna
Frank '61
with the William “Bill” Vanneman ’31 Outstanding Class Leader Award for their remarkable contributions to their class and the Cornell community.

Mandy Bennison
Administrative Assistant, Class Programs, 607-255-2254

Past Recipients

            Marshall Frank ’61 & Rosanna Frank ’61 


    Rosanna Romanelli and Marshall Frank met at Cornell the first week of their sophomore year and were married one week after Rosanna graduated from the College of Home Economics (now the College of Human Ecology) in June 1961. They spent the summer on a honeymoon in Italy, meeting with Rosanna’s relatives, before returning to Ithaca in the fall for Marshall’s fifth year at Cornell.

    While Marshall completed his degree in chemical engineering, Rosanna was a research assistant, working toward a master’s degree. Their first child was born at Tompkins County Hospital in July 1962, one month after Marshall’s graduation. His first job in New York City, with a chemical engineering design and construction company, sent him on assignments to several overseas locations including Sydney, Australia; Antwerp, Belgium; Puertollano, Spain; and Dusseldorf, Germany. Returning to the States, Marshall and Rosanna moved to Westchester County, New York and eventually bought their present house in Chappaqua well before the Clintons moved in.

    When the early years of work outside the US and raising young children eased up a little, Marshall and Rosanna attended their 15th Reunion. They enjoyed it so much they decided to become more involved, joining the committee planning the 20th Reunion, reconnecting with classmates and renewing their involvement with Cornell.

    Marshall’s service to his class and Cornell includes Cornell University Council lifetime membership, class treasurer from 1986–1996 followed by ten years as class president, co-chair of the last three Reunion campaigns, Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO) board member from 1990–1996, Hillel Board member from 2000–2003, and 55th Reunion registration chair.

    Through her work with Reunion committees, Rosanna began participating on the Class of ‘61 Class Council and eventually co-chaired the 35th Reunion. A College of Human Ecology breakfast during this Reunion reminded Rosanna how wonderful her college is and inspired her to get more involved. She went on to serve on the Human Ecology Alumni Association Board, including a term as president. Rosanna also represented Human Ecology on many other Cornell University boards and organizations. She has since broadened her involvement at Cornell to include Cornell University Council and the President’s Council of Cornell Women.

    Rosanna and Marshall’s Class of ’61 involvement included arranging mini-reunions for classmates in the New York metropolitan area. These events usually started with a guided tour at a museum or attraction followed by a class luncheon in a local restaurant. The mini-reunions heightened classmates’ interest in Cornell in the intervening years between five-year Reunions and cemented friendships made with classmates following graduation.

    Marshall and Rosanna credit their class affiliation and participation for broadening their circle of friends and connecting them to many wonderful Cornellians they didn’t know during their years on campus. They have loved working with all the past Class of ’61 presidents and officers. Class affiliation has enriched their lives and they expect it will continue to do so into the future.