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Horace P. Phillips and Barbara Murdoch Phillips enjoyed receiving copies of their original applications to I-House. ’That was so long ago that it was as if we were looking at youthful strangers, and happily pleased with what we saw. I-House has so many fond memories for us, of friends and fun and, of course, meeting each other.”

John Kenneth Galbraith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on August 9 by President Clinton. The Harvard economist, presidential advisor, and former ambassador to India has garnered an international audience through his books, including The Affluent Society, The New Industrial State, and The Culture of Commitment. His most recent works are Letters to Kennedy and Name-Dropping: From F.D.R. On.


Harold Gilliam spoke at the first Sunday Supper of the year about the experience of living in the House on the eve of World War II. He noted the sense of timelessness brought on by seeing old friends reflected in the faces of current residents. He also enjoyed chatting with student hosts. “In my present frame of mind, I’m about ready to submit another application for admission,” notes Hal.

Lowell Bradford writes, “Once a week at I-House, I enjoyed participating with a group that learned the traditional dances of various countries. I was raised in a small backwoods town in northern California and had not had any experience with taxi cabs or street cars, let alone other ethnic groups. The I-House experience gave me a foundation that has been of great value to my life ever since.”

Barbara Fulton Rosenlund has written a historical novel for young adults, Shadow Across the Land, recounting the story of life in Norway during Nazi occupation. She makes use of many personal recollections of her late husband, Sigurd Rosenlund, who was a teenager in Bergen during the war.

Eugene E. Snyder writes, “Old friends may be pleased to know that I’m still writing books. Eight in print and working on another. Mostly regional history, but also a mystery novel and a travel book about Mexican villages.” His books can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.

Grace Thompson Altus reflects, “My I-House years were, and remain in memory, among my life’s peak experiences and most affirming and formative ones.”

Henry Weston and Elizabeth Evans Weston retired to Lake Tahoe and will soon have a winter home in Tucson, AZ. Henry writes, “I have been retired from active teaching at San Jose State University since 1987. My book Handbook of California Birds is now in its third edition and is still well received.”


Thomas M. McCarthy joined Procter & Gamble for a 30-year career in international product management and environmental affairs. “Since retiring early, I have been very active as an environmental management consultant based in Europe. My current activities are described in my firm’s web-site:”

David Eiteman is professor emeritus of international finance at the Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA. He taught financial management in the arts management program of Showa University of Music in Atsugi, Japan, and is currently a committee member of the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.

Arthur Nobile was inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in February, 2000, in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of knowledge and human welfare. He succeeded in using bacteria to oxidize cortisone to prednisone and hydrocortisone to prednisolone, greatly increasing the effectiveness of those drugs. Both drugs are used extensively, especially to treat arthritis.

    Nobuaki Kumagai is past president and professor emeritus at Osaka University and serves as Commissioner of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology. He is also president and Director General of the Institute of Nuclear Safety Systems. He recently received the Personal Cultural Merit award from the Japanese government.


Sadako Ogata has served as U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees for nearly a decade, focusing on the plight of refugees. “Humanitarian aid will remain a band-aid applied to a gaping wound unless there’s the political will to tackle root causes. We live in a world together. You cannot feel safe if you know that part of the world is on fire or in conflict. Band-aids will not solve problems forever.” She will step down from her post in December.

    W. Sheridan Warrick (left) and Trygve Harvold (right) enjoyed a reunion in Norway after 35 years.

Terry Maul returned to I-House to teach an Elderhostel class on current research in enhancing health and memory. He will be back in June 2001 to teach his popular class during one session.

Laura Siegel recently exhibited her acrylic Landscape Paintings in San Francisco. Her use of luminous colors prompted a reviewer to note, “Although the titles of Laura Siegel’s paintings are geographic locations, the ambivalence of these works is paradisiac rather than geographic.”

Joseph Turner is a Clinical Exercise Specialist and PT specializing in trauma and personal injury rehabilitation at Los Gatos-Saratoga Sports and Chiropractic Center.

Gwenne Bates Hickman, who teaches French at Belleville East High School in Illinois, is president of the Downstate Illinois Chapter of American Association of the Teachers of French and regional director for Southern Illinois for Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Over the winter holidays she traveled to France to visit her daughter and welcomed in the millennium by seeing the magnificent fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower.

Ann Slaby helped give $1 million dollars to research scientists in her first job after graduating from law school. The money came from the settlement of a lawsuit against Safeway and Lucky stores. Part of her role was to find scientists whose projects were worthy of support and to explain the research.

Karen Fanta Zumbrunn has a new CD, Snowfall, released last spring. Karen performed several times at I-House with her jazz trio. She is a professor of music at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ and performs widely in the NY-NJ area.


Arun Sarin was named CEO of InfoSpace. Previously, he had served as CEO of US/Asia Pacific for Vodafone AirTouch— the world’s largest wireless company. He plans to create a global Internet infrastructure powerhouse.

A. Richard Newton, a Silicon Valley innovator and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Cal, was named Dean of the College of Engineering in July.

Kirk Gibson was a “chemical engineering grad student while at I-House, taking evening courses while working at Chevron because my draft board would not allow me to remain as a full-time student. Thirty-one years late, I’m still at Chevron nearing the end of my career. When I retire, perhaps I’ll return to Berkeley to take humanities courses.”

    Tim Holt gave a presentation to residents based on his book, On Higher Ground, which takes place 50 years in the future and deals with issues such as global warming, pollution, and oil prices. Several chapters take place in the East Bay which in 2050 is enclosed in a climate-controlled dome.


Peter L. Reich, Professor of Law, Whittier Law School, writes, “I am writing a book on Spanish legal influences on southwestern natural resources law. I also coached the Whittier Law School team in the California State Bar’s Environmental Negotiation Competition this year; we took second place in the state.”

    From left: Noeman Alsayyad, Myra Chan, Hitesh Mehta, and Dana Sajdi all met up in Cairo last March and had a great time catching up. Noeman and Dana live in Cairo while Hitesh flew in from Florida and Myra from Hong Kong.

Greg Evans oversees the federal government’s research grant portfolio in sickle cell disease at the National Institutes of Health.


Akilah A. Jeffery writes, “After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1997, I worked as a teacher and the artistic director of an Internet company. I am currently studying court reporting and closed captioning. I will be attending graduate school to study international law in the fall.”

Janine Karen Gold went to Japan on the JET program to Shizuoaka Prefecture for a year after graduating and taught at Shimizu Nishi Senior High School. “After returning to the UK, I started working for RM, an educational Information & Communications Technology company.” She now lives in Oxford.

Sandra Sun-Young Park writes from Seoul, “I am currently working for MBC TV- the most popular and influential TV network in Korea- as a news reporter.”

Dan Garcia is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley teaching computer science.

Chang Lin Tien, Chancellor at U.C. Berkeley and President of the International House Board of Directors from 1990 to 1997, is making steady progress after surgery for treatment of a brain tumor in early September.

Yo Nakahara writes, “I enjoyed serving as a member of the Board of Directors of I-House until my last day in San Francisco in 1997. I am now working for the Swedish life insurance company, Skandia Life, in Japan. I have good memories as a board member, especially with my belief that the mission of the I-House becomes more and more important in light of globalization.”

Ronnen Levinson, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has written and published a ballroom dancing handbook (see “I began ballroom dancing when I moved into the I-House in 1990!”

Todd M. Lethata, a community organizer and researcher for Interfaith Community Development Association in South Africa writes, “The I-House experience is a classic example of the whole world under one roof, living harmoniously, despite diverse cultures and backgrounds. My stay in the I-House has prepared and shaped my destiny as a Community Organizer and Researcher.”

Ashkon Sharaf-Saleh (IH 1991-’95) inspects the newly-installed rug in the Home Room that he helped purchase at considerable discount for International House. “The House has given me so much. I always felt that International House was my home and I wanted to leave a little piece of myself there.”
The opportunity to give something back to the House came with the need for a new rug in the Home Room. After much searching and utilization of his family’s connections in the rug business, Ashkon found a rug similar in size and pattern to the original Home Room rug which had been purchased in 1929. The stunning new rug was hand-made in Egypt with natural dyes in a reproduction of a Persian Sultan Abad design with all-over pattern on a cream background. Thank you, Ashkon!