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Barbara Bent, who lived in the House the year after the doors opened, recalls, "International House was itself very young and we felt that we were part of something new and important to both us personally and to campus life."
Congratulations to Virginia Hamerslag Friedman and Jay Friedman on their 60th anniversary. They met at International House.
Lesley Jones Alexander writes, "All is well with the Santa Barbarans from the Golden Age. Grace Altus may not mention it, but she's winning medals right and left in swimming. Joe and Margaret Connell have been in Australia and I keep my kiln busy."
Bryan Bergson writes from Ohio that his most recent paper Can Weather Stabilize? concludes that human greed is the primary source of instability.
Betsy Young spent a week in London and "took a train to Battle and stood where Harold and his Saxons had stood in 1066. That was thrilling!" And, her schnauzer is a pet therapist in a nursing home.
Mina Raines-Lambe Parsont and Michael Parsont celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They met at International House 45 years ago. They have two sons and two grandchildren. Mina was named a Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Academiques, France's highest honor for academic achievement, for her services to French language and culture during an educational career that has spanned more than 40 years.
David Eiteman taught for two years at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and in Japan for one year at Shawa Academy of Music following retirement from UCLA Anderson School. He also did research in Malaysia for a year.
Patricia Lynch Heer writes, "I have fond memories of my I-House stay. When I learned that my favorite political science professor, Leslie Lipson, was teaching an Elderhostel class at I-House, I attended one day with Robin Johnston Johnson. I drop by the House once or twice a year and note the changes, but the wonderful 'feel' is still present."
Wolf Homburger and Alrene Levinson Homburger presented a fascinating program to Elderhostelers at I-House on Neve Shalom-Wahat Al-Salam, a village in Israel where Jewish and Arab families have chosen to live together, building peace by learning to live together.
Congratulations to John Bahcall who received a 1998 National Medal of Science for his pioneering efforts in neutrino astrophysics and his contributions to the development and planning of the Hubble Space Telescope. The nation's highest science honor was presented to him by President Clinton in April. Bahcall is a professor of Natural Science, Institute for advanced Study, Princeton University. Bahcall notes, "I lived at I-House from 1953-'56 and loved it."
Helen Buckley retired from the U.S. Tax Court and moved to Palm Springs, CA.
Alumni Contacts: Kyohei Sakuda, 2-507 1769-1 Fukazawa-cho, Nagaoka Niigata, Japan; Takeshi Ueda, 6-7-14-501 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan and Harvey Williams III, Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 95211.
Alan Pasternak was in the news for his opposition to storing radioactive waste at decommissioned nuclear power plants. He is director of the California Radioactive Materials Management Forum.
Manuelle Jouhet Diamond recently retired from the International Monetary Fund. Robert Diamond works for the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. "We love living in the capital of the United States. It is a beautiful city."
Anil Chopra received a 1999 Distinguished Teaching award, the highest honor given to U.C. faculty. An earthquake engineering expert, Chopra transforms a complicated subject into a format students can grasp. His book, Dynamics of Structures: Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering has been adapted by 90 U.S. universities and is being translated into Japanese.
Arthur Stonehill recalls his time at I-House with Rose Bird (former Chief Justice, California Supreme Court) and Jerry Brown (former Governor of California, now Mayor of Oakland). Stonehill is a visiting professor of finance and international business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He co-authored a leading text on international financial management, Multinational Business Finance, and co-founded businesses including Computer Stores Northwest.
Nicholas Polos received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award by Pomona College in recognition of his commitment and ongoing volunteer service to Pomona College. A professor emeritus of history, he has taught at the universities of La Verne, Missouri, and California with several books and over 60 articles to his credit.
Julianne Cartwright Traylor was named chairwoman of Amnesty International USA, the nation's largest grassroots human rights organization. Among her goals are broadening the organization's outreach to culturally diverse communities. Traylor became active in human rights issues while a grad student under the tutelage Boalt Hall of law school dean and I-House alumnus, Frank C. Newman.
Alumni Contacts: Laureen Chang, 2169 Adair St., San Marino, CA 91108; Hiro Kurashina, MARC, Univ. of Guam, Mangilao, Guam, 96923; Jeffrey Polovina, 196 Pauahilani Place, Kailua, HI 96734; Dave Seaborg, 1154 Glen Rd., Lafayette, CA 94549, and Toshiyuki Shigemura, 2-19-1144 Ikego, Zushi City, Kanagawa 249, Japan.
Gabriel Audent and Lois Greenwood Audant celebrated that 25th anniversary. They make their home in Kihei, Hawaii.
Mike Bishop, who admits to being an "ex-major league trouble-maker," while at I-House is a trauma surgeon and emergency physician in Orange County, CA.
Juliana Roth Ordonez and Jaime Ordonez reside in Bogota, Colombia. In May, Jaime received the Julio Garavito Medal for Merit in Engineering from the Colombian government. Juliana works as English Coordinator and College Counselor at the German School of Bogota.
Laureen B. Chang writes, "After many years in the banking industry, I began a typical transition to full time stay-at-home patterns of over-volunteering and re-decoration. This came to an abrupt halt when Caroline was born, joining her sister and brother. We are all enjoying the new addition!"
Stuart Samuel was interviewed about the greatest unsolved problems of science in National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation. He is a professor of physics at City College in New York and research scientist at Columbia University. He is also and editor of a new book, The Bible According to Einstein.
Markos Kounalakis has a new book, Beyond Spin: The Power of Strategic Corporate Journalism, in which he describes how corporations can ride out public relations crises. He is the Executive Communications Strategist at Silicon Graphics.
Janet Linn Coburn is the Executive Director of the Kona Community Chorus and Orchestra in Hawaii.
Alumni Contacts: Laureen Chang, 2169 Adair St., San Marino, CA 91108; Hiro Kurashina, MARC, Univ. of Guam, Mangilao, Guam, 96923; Jeffrey Polovina, 196 Pauahilani Place, Kailua, HI 96734; Dave Seaborg, 1154 Glen Rd., Lafayette, CA 94549, and Toshiyuki Shigemura, 2-19-1144 Ikego, Zushi City, Kanagawa 249, Japan, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Lee and Susan Reichmann-Lee met a t a gathering for new residents at I-House almost twenty years ago and "were finally married on New Year's Day, 1999." Susan is an artist, a psychotherapist, and an art therapist working private practice. Michael writes for television and recently co-produced a pilot for Comedy Central.
David O'Brien left his environmental consulting job in Anchorage to work with the Alaska Department of Health, Section of Epidemiology where he manages the database of all cancer patients in the state. He's delighted that his new job allows more time with his wife of 11 years, Irene, and their two sons.
Christoph A. Ehrentraut writes, "I made is to the U.S. again! After having worked three years with European Commissions of the European Union in Brussels, it is now the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where I am in the Mid-Center/MPA program. Even though Cambridge is not Berkeley and Peabody Terrace is not I-House, it is interesting here and I am relatively closer to Berkeley that before."
Bjorn Flesaker and Laura Quigg are living in Manhattan with their 2-year-old daughter, Carrie. Bjorn is managing director in charge of derivatives research at Bear Stearns in New York. Laura is a principal and senior portfolio manager in the fixed income area of Sanford Bernstein, a New York money management company.
Gopal Sankaran, currently a professor of public health and Presidential Fellow for Planning at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, has been selected as a 1999-2000 American Council on Education Fellow. He co-edited HIV/AIDS in Sport: Impact, Issues, and Challenges.
Regula Straub-Baumann visited the House for the first time since she was a student. She is a telecommunications and networks specialist at the Swiss bank, UBS.
Alumni Contacts: Maria Chavez, 925 Harliss Ave., San Jose, CA 95110; Prithvi Gandhi, 160 East 38th St., New York, NY 10116, email@example.com and Anders Yang, Harvard Law School, Austin Hall #204, Cambridge, MA 02138, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Cliff Ho and Sylvia Saltzstein on the birth of Julia Lien Ho on September 15! And to Bob Shore and Diane Young on the birth of Theodore Nathaniel Shore, born September 30! We'll reserve rooms for Julia and Theodore in 2020!
David Fischer was named Vice President of AOL Europe, a pan-European Internet and e-commerce company, heading up the CompuServe UK division. He is responsible for extending the company's offering and market appeal. Previously, he was President of IN Media International where he set up businesses in the UK and USA, launched a business news channel in Singapore, and a movie channel in India.
David Loutzenheiser married Tomomi Saito, from Japan, on October 20. He works as an engineer at the Federal Transit Administration in Cambridge, MA. Congratulations!
Hans-Gerhard Burg joined Daimler Chrysler's Powertrain Business Unit (PTU) as a Sales Manager last spring.
Kimberly Wragge is back in London after two years backpacking around the world. Among her favorite places: Uganda, northern Mozambique, Nepal, and Namibia. She reports that Roland Simpson is "travelling the world in search of more crazy heights to jump off and did the most incredible base jump off Angel Falls in Venezuela."
Oliver Reinhardt is the Database Marketing Manager of Microsoft GmbH, the German subsidiary for Microsoft and is a frequent visitor to Seattle for work on a international project team. He recently won a first prize from USABLE, an organization that seeks to transfer the best ideas of American society to Germany.