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Betty Burton writes, "Residing at I-House from 1937-'39 had a profound influence on my life and my future. My career with the American Red Cross as a social worker, supervisor, and administrator took me to Europe and Asia where I had an opportunity to further my understanding and relationships with peoples of other countries. I am convinced that my basic knowledge and understanding was forged by my associations with students at I-House."
John Forbes, who lived in I-House during its first year, continues to teach at the University of Virginia and is an active dowser.
David Geddes writes, "My most vivid memory of my years at I-House was sitting at the feet of Mrs. Roosevelt. She chatted with us and kept emphasizing how young people should get involved in the political process. She was totally charming." David is a psychiatrist in Santa Ana, CA.
George and Mary LeCron Foster, two pillars of anthropology at Berkeley, were honored by the campus and received copies of their oral histories at a ceremony last spring. Photographs by George Foster, emeritus professor of anthropology, of Tzintzuntzan, Mexico, are exhibited online at

The exhibition presents an important body of photographs, drawn from images taken over more than half a century, reflecting the rituals of daily life. Each photo is matched with a passage from his publications.

Ira Latour recalls living in I-House, "It was one of the great experiences of my life." Recent exhibits of his photography were held in the Czech Republic's House of Parliament in Prague and the San Francisco Elder Arts Celebrations at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Charles Holloway continues his free-lance magazine work on historical writing and Marilyn Hall Holloway volunteers teaching of English as a second language at the College of William and Mary Adult Skills Program.

Phyllis Finkel Mattson writes, "I loved everything about I-House but most of all, I loved meeting the world. My year at I-House grounded my studies in anthropology and strengthened my view that our commonalities among cultures outweigh our differences. It was my most transforming experience, like a banquet table laden with countless dishes, each opening my senses to new tastes and textures. I still savor the flavors."
Congratulations to Hugh and Lois Bowers Warren who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their wedding reception was held at International House on August 11, 1951.
Carla Aghib writes, "Being an Italian Jew, I lived through the laws against the Jewish people during the war. The family escaped to Switzerland where we lived in internment camps. I worked with an American organization to help refugees coming from the extermination camps in Germany and obtained a scholarship to UC. I worked in social welfare for 25 years in Italy, Morocco, and Canada before moving to Geneva, Switzerland, where I practice psychotherapy. I am still in touch with a family I met at I-House. The years spent at the I-House were very important and stimulating, meeting so many students from many different countries and from the USA, too."
John Corley teaches French to grad students at WSU, translates documents into Spanish for local companies using AOL, teaches Italian, and works for a stamp wholesaler. "In other words, after 13 years of retirement, I'm busy as hell!"

Kristin von Kreisler has collected hundreds of true stories which suggest that animals are capable of having strong feelings, forming powerful bonds, and helping people. Her new book, Beauty in the Beasts: True Stories of Animals Who Choose to Do Good, is published by Tarcher at Penguin Putnam.
Julianne Cartwright Traylor, Chair of Amnesty International USA, received an honorary doctorate degree from Skidmore College for her work as a human rights educator and activist. Julianne was honored by I-House as Alumna of the Year in 2000, in recognition of her human rights work.
Slobodan and Joan Mitric are facing Slobodan's imminent retirement as a transport specialist at the World Bank. The whole family sighed with relief as Slobodan Milosevic was thrown out in the democratic movement in Yugoslavia-which Joan witnessed. Joan has gone on several reporting trips to the region to highlight the environmental legacy of the NATO bombing and is working with a group of scientists studying 'modern war' using Iraq and Yugoslavia as case studies. "We hope to live part-time in Serbia once retirement becomes a reality."
Stuart and Glenda Pawsey (from left) enjoyed an August visit with Betsey and Sherry Warrick (at right) at their summer home in Ludington, Michigan.

Desiree Bruce-Lyle was appointed to the San Diego County Superior Court. Prior to this appointment, she served as a deputy county counsel, a Workers' Compensation Referee, and an Administrative Law Judge.
I-House friends John Deysher, Nico De Leon, Cecilia Barboza De Leon, and Marco Rimolo (back row from left) with children, Alexandra De Leon, Marco De Leon, Leonardo Rimolo and Natalia Rimolo enjoyed getting together in New York last spring. Nico and Cecilia live in Virginia where Nico has an Engineering Firm, John Deysher is a partner in a brokerage firm in New York, and Marco Rimolo has a computer systems company in Costa Rica.

Chitra Divakaruni explores the tensions between old lives and new in her most recent book, The Unknown Errors of Our Lives with stories set in India and the U.S. Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart were national bestsellers.
Achyut Mani Acharya, M.D., is a children's specialist in Lalitpur, Nepal. He has volunteered to be an I-House country contact. See the list of contacts in the Country Contacts section for his e-mail address.
Valerie Bengal is an associate clinical professor in the Family and Community Medicine Department at UCSF, on the faculty of its Family Practice Residency Program at Natividad Medical Center. "My particular interests are international and environmental health. I also play violin and viola in the Monterey and Santa Cruz Symphonies and the Bayshore Lyric Opera.
Amir Aczel explores the origins and significance of the world's most important navigational tool in The Riddle of the Compass. Previous books include Fermat's Last Theorem and The Mystery of the Aleph.

Lynn Erlich Erfer writes, "Aloha from the rainbow island of Maui. I am working as the resort representative for the Kaanapali Beach Resort Association. My duties include providing information about accommodations, activities, beaches, and dining in the area. Feel free to contact me for information at"
Juan Gaviria and Zeinab Partow make their home in Washington DC where they both work for the World Bank. Juan is Sector Leader of Finance and Infrastructure and Zeinab is Country Economist for Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico.
Evelyne de Leeuw is setting up a new school of public health at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.
Mahmood Ismail Safar, from Oman, attended the memorial service for Barbara Lynch while in town for a Toastmasters International Conference.
Chet Olsen wrote about his friendship with his roommate at I-House in the California Monthly, "The friendship Oscar Crisalle and I established during our two years as roommates has survived the many changes in our lives. Through all the moves and years since we lived together, the spirit of cooperation and friendship built at I-House continues to this day." Chet is an attorney in Los Angeles and Oscar is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Florida.
Ellen Fingerhut Whittier set up a nonprofit foundation to teach low-income youth advanced internet skills and assist them in getting jobs when they graduate from high school. The pilot program TechFutures, is located in El Cerrito, CA, where students are learning web design after school. Ellen is the executive Director of TechFutures and president of Whittier Educational Foundation. They plan to expand to other Bay Area locations.

Congratulations to Tatia Jordan Lira and Francisco Lira on the birth of Amanda Mary Lira, born December 14, 2000.
Minako Tokuyama and Guenther Walther (below) visited I-House with their children, Taro (left) and Erika. Guenther is an associate professor at Stanford University. Minako works at a Palo Alto middle school. "We deeply appreciate the I-House experience where people realize different perspectives of the world and peoples beyond cultures and ethnicities. We want our children to grow in such an environment!"

David Rosania is completing his final year of residency at Stanford Hospital in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where his responsibilities include brain injury, spinal cord medicine, stroke rehabilitation, and sports medicine.
Ronnen Levinson, who took his first ballroom dance class at I-House, wrote Much Ado About Ballroom Dancing, available at He is also a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab researching ways to cool cities in summer.
Mark Skandera worked for Banco Santandor in Spain and a doctoral program in math at MIT after leaving Berkeley. "I am now an assistant professor of math at University of Michigan and I teach Cuban salsa dancing in my spare time."
Lars Rasmussen founded World Wide News Service, an alternative news wire service based in San Francisco reporting by and about those working for progressive social and economic change. Lars presented a program at I-House in October, World News As It Should Be at which he shared his experiences in organizing an all-volunteer, international effort.
Atsushi Sakahara was an associate producer for the film, Bean Cake, which won first prize, the prestigious Palme d'Or for short films at the Cannes International Film Festival 2001 in the short film competition. The film, based on a Japanese folktale, is an amusing tale about a boy who loves his mother's bean cakes more than anything.

Caitlin Brune spent the summer in Epworth, Zimbabwe, helping set up a pilot program to combat mother-to-child transmission of AIDS. She writes, "I struggle with the fact that while we are hopefully saving the lives of hundreds of children, we do not yet have the resources at our disposal to provide so much as palliative treatment for their parents. No easy answers yet."
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