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Masaichi Hashiba writes, "Glad to learn that I-House continues fulfilling its responsibilities from its creation. I'm 90 years old and now learning how to use a personal computer at a school. To learn something new is a challenge I welcome." He makes his home in Tokorozawa, Japan.

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Benjamin Dienstein was in the practice of periodontics until his retirement in 2000 and served on the faculty at UC San Francisco School of Dentistry since 1946. He writes, "I still treasure those years spent at I-House."

Lillian Wurzel celebrated her 90th birthday with parties in San Jose, LA, and Walnut Creek. She is active in community affairs and served on the Citizens' Advisory Committee of Kaiser, Santa Clara, CA.

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George Reel writes, "I consider my stay at I-House to be the most beneficial aspect of my attendance at Cal. It helped me understand the whole world. It became a part of my life. I am still inspired."

Finding Old Friends

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Ruth Peterson Smith writes, "Mohammed Selim lived at I-House when I was there. A group of Navy men were residents also. They were enrolled in a Diesel Engineering course on the Berkeley Campus. Mohammed introduced me to them and six months later I married one of those men, G. Dale Smith." The Smiths celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary in June!

Rebecca Hayden was a case study on "active aging" in Aging in America , published in Japan by Kyoko Kato, an I-House resident who was a student in her ESL class. She went on to a career in college textbook publishing and was honored with the Distinguished Education Service Award of the Broadcast Educators Association. She was the first woman and first publisher to receive this award.

Lillian Hoyle Parent writes, "Hardly seems possible that it has been nine months since I was at I-House for Elderhostel and even more unbelievable that this is the 60th anniversary of my graduation in 1943. Elderhostel was a great experience and I enjoyed it all."

Patricia Mathewson is active in Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, CA. "We just removed our Nanjing exhibit and look forward to opening the Tibet, Autonomous Region of China Treasures. This keeps me busy and challenged to keep learning as the new exhibits come in."

Charles Mosser lovingly restored the elegant Mosser Victorian Hotel of Arts and Music in San Francisco which was originally b uilt for the 1913 Pan American Exposition.

Julian Singer writes, "I retired from the clinical practice of orthodontics two years ago but remain active teaching at UCLA, consulting, playing golf, and having a great time together with my wife."

Joseph Ehrman is completing his 20th year as Treasurer of the Lowell High School Alumni Association in San Francisco.

Dorothy Wire Creely writes, "My one semester stay at International House introduced me into a wider world indeed."

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Carol Salin John (left),  Bonnie Ritzenthaler Wilson , and Walter John enjoyed a reunion while Bonnie was at I-House in June for Elderhostel.

Helen Crane Desai will teach an Elderhostel class, Arts of India, Nepal, and Tibet, Autonomous Region of China at I-House from June 13-19, 2004. In addition to lectures, a dance demonstrations and slideshows, a highlight of the class will be a trip to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. See Elderhostel Programs, 2004 for more information.

Richard Wheeler retired in 1993 as Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College after 25 years there. "Congratulations to George Raad, Alumnus of the Year - a friend and conversationalist in the Great Hall of I-House."

Niels Bjorn Jorgensen (right) returned to the House for two-week stay last summer and recalled his stay in 1949-50, "There were outings to Hearst Castle, skiing at Donner Summit and Squaw Valley, and salmon fishing near the Farallones. It was my good fortune to meet Mrs. Etelle Carlson and to serve on her Dinner Exchange Committee. Another gracious lady was Miss Eugenie Carneiro, organizer of I-House Festivals." At the end of his recent stay, he noted, "Though the faces are different, they are similar, persisting in friendliness, with inquiring minds."

Sammie Norwood Prosser writes, "My summer at I-House changed my life in that I knew Berkeley was where I belonged. After that summer I became an associate member and went up from my apartment for dinner. I met people who are still close friends."

Helen Sennett and Alan Bonapart met with fellow I-House alumnus, Gonzalo ("Chalo") Adis-Castro during a visit to Costa Rica. Chalo introduced the couple at a Valentine's Day Dance in 1955 at I-House and they married in August of that year. Chalo was the first Ph.D. psychologist in Costa Rica and the founder and long-time faculty member of the psychology department at the University of Costa Rica. Helen continues her psychotherapy practice in Mill Valley and Alan continues his estate planning law practice in Greenbrae. They have lived in Mill Valley, in Marin County, for 34 years.

Rudy Wagner is an active alumnus of Delta Phi Epsilon, Cal's professional foreign service fraternity and sorority.

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William A. Haseltine is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Human Genome Sciences, Inc., a Rockville, Maryland, company that he founded in 1992.  He has received numerous awards for his work in cancer and AIDS research.  The company has created an antidote to anthrax that recently won fast-track status from US regulators and began early stage clinical trials.

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Gwendolyn Bates Hickman teaches French and Spanish at Belleville Township High School East in Illinois. She was honored this year for her contributions to foreign language learning and for excellence in teaching.

William Webster will retire as Cal's first vice provost for academic planning and facilities at the end of the year. Known as a consensus-builder, he crafted the Strategic Academic Plan which helps provide the framework for capital investments at Berkeley through 2020.

Ashok Kumar Chandra is Senior Vice President of development and new business activities at Verity, Inc. , a leading provider of enterprise software that helps organizations maximize the return on their intellectual capital investment.

Slobodan Mitric retired in August after 25 years at the World Bank where he was involved in transport development projects around the globe.

Edie Weinstein started teaching English as a second language (ESL) when a fellow student needed help. "I have taught ESL for 40 years. Spent one school year and one summer at I-House and my daughter lived there as well. It was an amazing experience." Edie is married, has three adult daughters, and lives in Los Angeles.

Marna Feldt writes, "I walked into I-House forty years ago this year. It is still one of the most memorable events of my life. Greetings to all friends from those days."

Judith Prichard Saunders is the author of The Poetry of Charles Tomlinson: Border Lines , published in August.

Lise Lotte Dullum recalls living at I-House and the shock of learning that the Berlin Wall had been built so "the tall, lean, guitar-playing Berlin man now had his home in East Berlin, which meant he couldn't go home. That fact gave us a chill, to say the least."

Kristin von Kreisler is the author of For Bea , the story of a canine heroine and the human she inspired with her ability to overcome past grief. Kristin also wrote Beauty in the Beasts and The Compassion of Animals. She lives in Mill Valley, CA, and on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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Robert D. Stoner writes, "I have returned to live in Berkeley with my family after having lived in Washington DC for over 20 years." He is a Senior VP with Economists, Inc., an economic consulting firm based in Washington and Emeryville.

Amir Aczel , an internationally known writer, is the author of Pendulum: Leon Foucault and the Triumph of Science as well as eight other science and mathematics books.

Ogbonnaya Onu is a candidate for the presidency of Nigeria in 2007. He earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Cal and went on to become governor of the state of Abia and Chairman of the Conference of Governors. "We want an administration that will keep our children in schools, pay pensioners, provide fuel, ensure security of lives and property and provide employment to our youths."

Iris Mack is the author of Sho' Me da $$ , a new book designed to help kids who struggle with math to fall in love with numbers. She taught at M.I.T., was an astronaut in training, and started her own consulting firm, Associated Technologies.

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Joan Feldman and Gerhard Fischer , who met at International House, celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.

Firoozeh Jazayeri Dumas spoke at October gatherings of I-House alumni in Los Angeles and San Diego on addressing "Intercultural Exchange at its Funniest." She is the author of the best-selling, Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America .

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Mitra Forati van Vuren is now working in the Development and Alumni Relations Office at I-House as communications coordinator. She will be helping with the design and launch of our new Online Community. "The faces are different but in spirit I-House is very much the same," says Mitra. She can be reached at

John Friedrichs has been named a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in Los Angeles where he specializes in commercial lending transactions.

Weining Zhang visited the House in January and recalled great memories. She attended business school in Milan (SDA Bocconi) and is now focusing on financing deals involving China.

Moira Dowell is Executive Director of International Diplomacy Council in San Francisco. The organization provides opportunities for professional, educational, and cultural engagements between foreign guests and citizens, students, business people, and professionals of the Bay Area.

David Rosania left his position as Associate Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Santa Clara Valley Hospital and Staff Physician at Stanford Hospital to return to Illinois.  He has accepted a position of Medical Director with a private medical group in downtown Chicago.

Elisabeth Lamothe is an assistant professor at University of Bordeaux, France.

Slobodan Simic married Lela Rose Bachrach at I-House in September. The couple met in the House, dancing in the Auditorium one Monday night. Lela is doing her residency in pediatrics at UCSF and Slobodan is a research scientist on campus working in applied mathematics, control theory, and related fields.




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Beth Pollock was honored with a silver medal by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Student Academy Awards. Her documentary film, Indiana Aria , follows the triumphs and trials of singers at the Indiana University School of Music. She started work on her next film, the story of the people of the Pacific island of Tuvalu who are fleeing rising waters.

Biyi Adesina (right) returned to the House for Sunday Supper with current resident, Demola Alabi from Nigeria (left). Biyi works with Kisumu Medical and Education Trust, a Kenyan Non-Governmental Organization that provides family planning services and promotes the health and well-being of women, children and families.


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