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William “Bill” Vanneman ’31, an extraordinary alumnus who helped organize—and was planning to attend—Cornell’s first 80th class reunion this year, died April 26, 2011, at age 102. Cornell has lost a real treasure.
Vanneman had served as president of his class since his graduation and had become a fixture at Reunions, which he attended annually. He had become the embodiment of Big Red spirit, and was the namesake and the first recipient of the Bill Vanneman ’31 Outstanding Class Leader Award, established in 2005 to honor alumni service.
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