David Manchester '71 and Audrey (Makowiec) Manchester '94
"September 5, 1970, in Elmira, NY."
"As friends we had known each other for three years. An auto accident the first night of orientation brought us together in a much different way. We thought we were looking for different characteristics in others but soon realized that we were much more compatible and comfortable with each other. Starting out as friends was and is a great foundation for our our 50 years of marriage."
"SUNY CCC symbolizes that anyone can start their life's journey here on the hill and go as far as they are willing to work for."
"We live in Big Flats, NY. Audrey retired as a Vice President with Chemung Canal Trust after a 40-year banking career. Dave enjoyed 42 years with Corning Incorporated as one of the corporate pilots and retired as a department manager. Along the way, three children grew up and went on their way with great spouses. Our three grandchildren get to go on a trip with us when they reach 16 years old. The oldest spent three weeks in Australia and the middle grandchild did three weeks in China. The youngest is getting an African Safari in June 2021. It doesn't get any better than when family loves each other and gets along great together."
"Always be friends. Do not say anything that will permanently harm your relationship. Talk it out no matter how uncomfortable."
"We proudly graduated SUNY CCC as the first in our families. Audrey took a leave (1987-1993) for life's needs, but finished up 20-some years later. This is still a proud moment for our families."