I-House Connection

"Argo" Ambassador & wife Honored by UC Berkeley's International House:
Debunk Movie Myths

Ken & Patricia Taylor will be available for press interviews the afternoon of Thurs. April 18th.

Contact: Shanti Corrigan,
Director of Development & Alumni Relations
International House, Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720
Tel: (510) 642-4128

Kenneth D. Taylor & 
Dr. Patricia E. TaylorAmbassador Kenneth D. Taylor (IH ’57-‘59) & Dr. Patricia E. Taylor (IH ’58-’60) will be honored as I-House Alumni Couple of the Year in recognition of their heroism during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis and decades of championing the values of International House in their personal and professional lives.

Recently depicted in the 2012 Oscar winning film for Best Picture, Argo, the Taylors met while both were I-House residents in 1958.

Additional information: CAA Article: The Accidental Spy

Jimmy Carter on CNN: "Hero was Ken Taylor" (below)

Note: The MasterCard Foundation President & CEO Reeta Roy and select MCF Scholars also honored/available to press April 18.



Renowned investigative journalist, Lowell Bergman, will interview the Taylors at the I-House Gala on 4/18.

Jimmy Carter on Argo

Prior Gala speakers include I-House alumni such as philanthropist Richard Goldman, Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin, John Kenneth Galbraith, Sadako Ogata and Jan Egeland of the United Nations, Michael Blumnethal, author Chitra Divakaruni and Oscar winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson. Additional prior honorees include Joan Baez, David Rockefeller, Harry Belafonte, Ted Turner, George Shultz, Rita Moreno, Lee Hamilton, Jerry Yang, Leon Panetta, Maxine Hong Kingston, Elizabeth Farnsworth, and Yehudi Menuhin. 

International House at UC Berkeley, is a historic “living and learning” center that, with our founding in 1930, desegregated the East Bay hills.  We house nearly 600 students from 70+ countries in an architecturally-renowned facility, while inviting campus, the community, and now more than 40,000 alumni worldwide, to join us in pursuit of our mission: cross-cultural respect, understanding, lifelong friendships and leadership skills for a more peaceful world.

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International House at UC Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-2320 USA
Development & Alumni Relations
(510) 642-4128 | ihalumni@berkeley.edu