CORNING - Corning Inc. honored those who began their careers with the company 50 and 75 years ago at an annual Service Awards luncheon held Wednesday at the Corning Museum of Glass.
“It was great coming back,” said Mary Fernades, a “Class of 1943” retiree. “I retired from Corning Inc. in April 1987. I still live in the Corning. I lived in the same house on the Southside for 90 years. It was fun to come back.”
Frank Elliott, also a “Class of 1943” retiree, called his time at the Service Award luncheon “terrific.”
“I came here from Tucson, Arizona just for this event,” Elliott said. “I worked at Corning for 41 years, starting in 1943 and retiring in 1984. I enjoyed my time here and enjoyed coming back.”
The annual luncheon recognized seven retirees who began their careers with Corning in 1943, and 47 employees and retirees who started their careers with the company in 1968.
“You all played a key role in Corning’s success and we’re honored to recognize you for your service,” said Corning Inc. CEO Wendell Weeks, who recounted key events that occurred in the world in 1943 and 1968, and also drew comparisons with how Corning operated in those times and today.
“Corning is financially healthy, multiple businesses are driving our growth, and we’re capturing new opportunities to apply our unique expertise toward solving touch technology challenges,” Weeks said. “While our products and markets have evolved since 1943 and 1968, we continue to operate diverse businesses and participate in important industries.”
Each member from the “Class of 1968” was recognized and presented with a check for $1,000, officials said. Those from the “Class of 1943” were also honored and presented a check for $2,500.
“Class of 1943” 75-year members on hand included:
Frank Elliott, Mary Fernades, Russell Fox, Jeanne Grant, Paul Krystoff, Samuel Share and Gertrude Sherwood.
“Class of 1968” 50-year members who returned included:
George Adgate, Gregory Barulich, Helen Bierwiler, Jane Blowers, Gary Bohart, Margaret Bowman, Walter Bozich, William Bulkley, William Canfield, Catherine Celelli, Kuen-Wen Chang, Carol Christian, Larry Cleveland, Geraldine Dandrea, Andrew Dutcher, Nancy Ells, John Errington, Joseph Gallagher, Martin Geyer, Phyllis Hickok, Thomas Hunt, Bonnie Kohler, Gayle Lewis, Clarence Losey Jr., Norman Lukens, Joseph Mazzotta, Dorothy McConnell, Marco Merola, Anthony Midey, Marcia Monroe, Thomas Mosher, Stanley Mosher Jr., Syed Mustafa, Joseph Neidigh, Patricia Neidigh, Betty Nichols, Carol Parker, Thomas Patykula, Jerry Payne, Donald Price, Sharon Storms, John “Jack” Swan, Linda Swimley, Walter “Roy” Swimley, Robert Thomas, Stephen Tong and Joyce Youmans.