The culminating event of International House's anniversary year, the 70th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Gala, will honor Norman Y. Mineta, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Dr. Marion Ross, and Mr. Iver Lyche for their significant contributions to the promotion of cross-cultural communications and understanding.
The host for the April 19th event will be Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl. The evening includes welcome and escort by residents to a welcome reception in the Great Hall, an elegant dinner in the Chevron Auditorium, awards presentations, and entertainment by talented residents.
A distinguished public servant for four decades, Secretary Norman Mineta is the first American of Asian ancestry to serve in a Presidential Cabinet. He served as the Secretary of Commerce in President Clinton's Cabinet and represented Silicon Valley in Congress for 21 years. Mineta founded the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and was the driving force behind passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which officially apologized for and redressed the injustices endured by Japanese Americans during World War II.
During World War II, Norman Mineta and his family were among the 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry who were forced into internment camps. Yet, instead of harboring bitterness, Mineta has devoted much of his life to public service. He raised awareness of the internment of Japanese Americans and built reconciliation through his efforts to pass legislation granting $20,000 in compensation to every interned Japanese American.
Before his return to public service as the only Democrat in the Bush cabinet, Secretary Mineta was an executive at Lockheed-Martin. Mineta served as Mayor of San Jose from 1971-74.
Secretary Mineta graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1953 with a B.S. in business. His late sister, Helen Mineta, lived at International House from 1949-1953.
Dr. Marion Ross will be honored as Alumna of the Year. See the article, ďMarion Ross is Alumna of the YearĒ for more information.
For more than 20 years, Iver Lyche has provided careful and dedicated management of International Houseís investment portfolio. During this time, the Houseís portfolio has seen extraordinary growth. Mr. Lyche, an advisory director of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, has been awarded one of the highest honors bestowed by Norway on foreign nationals and Norwegian citizens, the Royal Order of Merit by His Majesty King Olaf V of Norway.
An active member of the San Francisco community, Mr. Lyche served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of San Franciscoís Presbyterian Pacific Medical Center and as a director of the Norwegian Seamanís Church. Mr. Lyche, who holds masterís and bachelorís degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, was a director of the New York Stock Exchange and is currently an advisory director of Morgan Stanley Dean Witterís Private Wealth Management Group in San Francisco.
Secretary of Transportation
Norman Y. Mineta, Honoree
Iver Lyche, Corporate Honoree
The Celebration and Awards Gala is the largest fund raising event of the year for International House. Individual tickets are $250 and tables are available for $10,000, $7,000 and $3,500. Last yearís event raised over $68,000 in support of International House. For more information, please contact the Development office at (510) 642-4128.