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  • Bedroom layout
  • Bedroom into Bath,
  • Bedroom looking out french doors
  • porch set with furniture
  • West view to Campus


Bess is a single room with two queen beds that can sleep up to four guests. This room features hardwood floors and picture molding in the main room. An armoire is available to store your clothing and travel gear. Off the sleeping room you have access to your en suite bath. French doors lead to a private, furnished porch that overlooks Cornell's historic campus.


  • En suite bath with shower
  • Hair dryer and bath products
  • Private porch
  • 2 queen size pillow top beds
  • Armoire for clothing storage
  • Room level control of heating and cooling
  • Free WiFi
  • (No TV)

Bess Medary's story

A native of Waukon, Iowa, Bess Medary is a member of the Cornell Class of 1915. She was one of four sisters who graduated from Cornell. After her graduation, she went to graduate school at the New York School of Social Work and became one of the first trained social workers to join the American Red Cross. From 1920 to 1963, she worked at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, retiring as the director of medical social service. She was active in social endeavors in Rhode Island and in Cornell alumni functions. In 1965 she received the Cornell Alumni Achievement Award, the highest recognition offered by the Cornell Alumni Association.

Bess Medary had three sisters who also graduated from Cornell: Dorothy Medary Higbie (1910), Marjorie Medary (1912), and Henrietta Medary (1930). Dorothy was also a former librarian at Cornell. After Henrietta died in 1970, the three remaining sisters established the Henrietta Medary Book Fund, which still exists.

Bess Medary gave $75,000 to fund renovations to Brackett House and it was rededicated in 1978. She died in 1987.