Mission and History

Veterans Day Celebration 2005

From the event brochure, November10, 2005

Guest Speaker Emma Wirt Schutz was born in Florida where she grew up and attended Florida State College for Women in Tallahasee.  Following that Emma attended Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, Norht Carolina.  She graduated with a BS in Nursing from Duke University in 1942 and joing the Army Medical Unit of Duke University, also known as 65th General Hospital, where she served for three years.  During two of these years Emma as stationed in England caring for the 8th Air Foce casualties during World War II.  Following her discharge in 1945 she worked at Children's Hospital in Detroit Michigan.

Mrs. Schutz and her husband later lived in Buffalo and Elmira before coming to the Ithaca area in 1962.  As the mother of a daughter and a son, she as also a nurse at Sage Hospital which was part of Cornell University at the time.  Emma later began teaching nursing at the School of Practical Nursing which is now part of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Associate Degree Program.  She taught nursing for 18 1/2 years.  Retired from nursing since 1983, Emma is a resident at Longview.

Guest Speaker Edward T. Green '42 was born on April 19, 1921 in New Jersey and grew up in the Hackettstwon area.  He graduated from Ithaca College in 1942 with a BS in Music Education.  While at Ithaca he studied French horn.  Receiving his master's degree  from Syracuse University in 1947 and his doctorate from Syracuse in 1965, Dr. Green spent his entire career working in education.  He served as school principal, school superintendent and later as a Professor of Education Administration at Georgia Southern University.  Dr. Green also has served in many capacities in educational organizations, Boy Scouts, service clubs, and was choir director at his church for 23 years. 

Edward met Mrs. Green (Meg) at Ithaca College during his freshman  year.  They have three daughters and currently live at Longview where he is president of the Indpendent Residents Council. 

Dr. Green's wartime experience includes three years in the US and European Theater from 1943 to 1946.  At the time of his discharge he was a Master Sergeant with the 13th Airborne Division.

Master of Ceremonies Shirley Hockett enlisted in the US Navy early in 1942 as a candidate for commission as Ensign. She received this rank after vigorous training for a six-week period at Mount Holyoke College.  Shirley served under the commander of the personnel office in Washington DC and was honorably discharged early in 1944.