Clifton Amsbury was a member of I-House in 1929, before the building was constructed when meetings took place in the Student Union. After construction was completed, there were Sunday Suppers, programs and other meetings in the House. “I recall my father saying that there was something wrong with anyone who went out of his way to be with those who weren’t ‘his kind of people’ and that I flared back, ‘They are my kind of people! And there’s something worse wrong with someone who goes out of his way to avoid people he doesn’t know.’ Anyway, I’m glad the place is still here.”
Warren Swing and his wife Jeanette are hosting two international students through the I-House International Friendship Program. Early in March, they took the students and two others on a ride to Napa. “They were so enthusiastic and appreciative, it was a pleasure to be with them.” Ten years ago, the Swings hosted Eva Ziegler, now a judge in Switzerland. They have visited each other and remain in contact. Host families and students alike enjoyed Warren’s slide tour of Yosemite at the March host family pot luck dinner.
Daniel Freudenthal writes, “I am very active in the El Cerrito, CA, advocating for needy people of all ages, for the improvement and conservation of the environment, low-cost housing, universal health care, and affordable childcare.”
Richard Dillon writes. “I remember my years at I-House as among the happiest of my life… I-House became a base for my first real exploration of my native state, thanks to the kindness of individuals like Doug Powell who led us on hikes and Doug Negi, Tad Mori, and Tak Yamamoto who took us on a trout fishing expedition. That is what I remember most - kindness and camaraderie. Probably, simple incidents like these led me to change my field of study from Latin American history to American history. All of the books that I have written have been in the area of Americana, mostly Western Americana.”
Joseph Jedeikin writes, “I came to the I-House from Shanghai a year after the end of World War II. I enjoyed my social contacts, many war veterans, and meeting other foreign students from Europe and the Middle East. This was the beginning of the Cold War, the Marshall Plan, and the first skirmishes preceding the establishment of Israel, a very explosive time. In cap and gown, I heard Truman as the Commencement speaker at Kezar Stadium.
Clive Justice has written Mr. Menzies’ Garden Legacy Plant Collecting on the Northwest Coast published by Cavendish Books and is writing a doctoral dissertation on Garden History of Western Canada at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby.
Willa Klug Baum, Director of the Regional Oral History Office at Cal’s Bancroft Library, received the Berkeley Citation from Chancellor Berdahl and a special citation from UC President Atkinson at her retirement bash in December.
Alan Bonapart recently re-connected with Professor Gonzalo Adis-Castro who resides in Costa Rica where he has had a distinguished career as a teacher and psychotherapist.
Kay Afaf Kanafani returned to I-House in March to speak on The Role of the Arab in the Conflict with Israel. Originally from Lebanon, she is author of Nadia, Captive of Hope: Memoir of an Arab Woman. Her deep commitment to promoting peace in the Middle East was reflected in the program which included a respectful exchange of views among alumni, residents and community members. Kay spoke eloquently about the important role of the United Nations and the need for leadership among the younger generation of Arabs and Jews. She reflects on her stay at I-House, “The memories of the months I spent at Berkeley are as bright as a Berkeley sunrise on June 21st. It is those memories that brought me back to retire in this vicinity. I feel so much at home here, with hills as forested as those in Lebanon and back yards with fig trees, olive, lemon, grapes, and cherries.” www.fayart.8k.com
Ladd Griffith, pictured above right with some of the catering staff is a devoted and enthusiastic volunteer for International House Dining Services after a career as Director of Research for Chevron Chemical. Ladd and his wife, Jeanne Hoffman Griffith, who also volunteers with Dining Services, recently returned from a trip to Egypt.
Carl F. Graves is a Certified California Municipal Treasurer, first appointed, then elected, who makes his home in Lake Elsinore, CA.
Hugh Parry and Harriet Anderson Parry (second photo from top) enjoyed a west coast tour including a stop at the House. They were visiting from Toronto where Hugh is a professor of classics.
Mildred (Jeffrey) Dickemann, who was a sociology professor at Sonoma State University before retirement, was one of five gay Cal alumni who told their stories for an oral history project called Gay Bears. The collection, in UC’s Bancroft Library, is the first documentation of gay life on campus. http://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/2000/06/07/gaybears.html
Helga Moldenhauer writes, “My husband and I had a wonderful time at your recent soul food dinner. Not only was the food very good but it also was fun being back in the Dining Room. How little life had changed when I looked around: young people in heated discussions, singles cramming for exams, couples in love gazing in each other’s eyes. And yet, things have changed dramatically as far as the food service has is concerned. Not once during my various stays did we have meals such as this one or even so many choices. Things were different then. As for instance, when we were served fried liver, and the French contingent stapled a sample onto the Bulletin Board, likening it to leather shoe soles! Thanks for the memories.”
Marcia Fisher, who sent in the photo (third from top) of the 1962-’63 I-House soccer team which included players from Russia, Japan, Africa, and the U.S., writes, “It was a special thing that the Russian could play on an international team. It was a very special team.”
Amir Aczel’s most recent book, The Mystery of the Aleph, is described by the New York Times as enjoyable and frustrating at the same time, “It deals, after all, with great minds venturing into the farthest reaches of speculation, with the nature of endlessness itself, both mathematical and religious, subjects that were not meant to be easy.”
David Seaborg formed a consulting business to assist large energy consumers such as restaurants to reduce energy costs and, at the same time, reduce global warming through changes in lighting, refrigeration, and heat recovery units.
Laura Siegel Venning held a father-daughter exhibition featuring her landscape paintings and drawings and her father’s photographs in Oakland, CA.
Ashok Gadgil is one of seven scientists featured in the movie, Me and Isaac Newton which highlights his invention of UV Waterworks, an inexpensive battery-powered water purification device that has been used in developing countries and requires 6,000 times less energy than it takes to boil water for purification. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist is deeply concerned about the environmental damage that would be needed to raise the standard of living in developing countries. His research focuses on ways to use the least amount of energy to create the greatest amount of positive change.
Kevin Renner helped found an Internet-based company called Myhealthbank, a health benefits administration service for small employers, where he is Marketing Vice President. When he’s not working, he enjoys family life with his wife, Meg, and two daughters, Julia and Kate. He would love to hear from former residents.
Jacki Noh enjoyed her “dream job” as interpreter for Korean athletes at the Sydney Olympics during post-medal press conferences. Other assignments have kept her busy traveling throughout the U.S. and interpreting for conferences involving everything from food to veterinarian medicine.
David Fischer is Managing Director of GetMusic International, based in London.
Lorenzo Gagliardi is a researcher at the University of Milan in Italy.
Charles De Segundo enjoyed the London alumni program featuring Simon Lewis former Communications Secretary to the Queen. “I also had the chance to meet Allan Buch, the head of the Berkeley in Britain club, who was enthusiastic that more people like me (ex-exchange students) should get in touch with him.” Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Booton Hall, Booton, Norfolk NR10 4NZ, England.
Prince Haakon of Norway, whose engagement to Tjessem Hoiby has caused a stir, commented on the role of the monarchy, “The monarchy can stand for certain values in society— respect for human dignity, tolerance, and environmental issues.”
Max Cheng writes, “After climbing Mount Fuji, trekking across extinct volcanoes in France, exploring sea life on the coast of Brazil, and camping in the jungles, I have continued my quest to explore more countries and their cultures and nature.” In addition to his travels, he was promoted to chief of his hospital department last year.
Tan Vu, who is currently a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, visited the Program Office (bottom photo). Pictured from left: Maribel Guillermo, Coordinator of Resident Support Services, Tan Vu and his friend Shalini, Program Director Liliane Koziol, Evelyn Bonito (see below) and Yasmin Lambie-Simpson, Assistant Program Director.
Evelyn Bonito, I-House staff member for 20 years in the Accounting Office and Program Office, was praised for her can-do attitude, generous spirit, and love for the House at a teary farewell party. Evelyn has gone on to new challenges with Cal’s Early Academic Outreach Program.
Sandy Edmonds, granddaughter of I-House founder Harry Edmonds, enjoyed sharing memories with the crew filming the public television documentary on I-House (see the Executive Director’s Message). “I am about to complete my Ed.D. in Art Education, a field I am as passionate about as Gramps was about I-House. I realize what a radical and important thing he was trying to accomplish and would like to do a little bit to further the cause.”
Jean Claire Bowman
In Oakland, California, retired statistician for the California Department of Public Health and an active member of the San Francisco Women's Artist Association.
Stephen P. Galvin
Dorothy I. Gould
Edward J. Hawken
In National City, California, retired Director of Adult Education in Sweetwater Union School District.
Leo V. Killion
John W. Nicholls
Randolph A. Hearst
Leo V. Killion
Elizabeth Lee Schweiger
Henry J. Vaux, Sr.
In Berkeley, professor emeritus of forestry at Cal and former chairman of California's Board of Forestry. His research formed the basis of modern forest practices and his leadership was pivotal to the evolution of forest policy in California.
John S. Zuckerman
Donald R. Cochran
Stephen A. Klein
Arthur Julius Knodel
In Los Osos, California. A professor at the University of Southern California for thirty-five years, he brought French literature and history to life. He was a scholar inspired by a real love for his subject. Prof. Knodel won scholarly distinction as an analyst and translator of the works of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Saint-John Perse. He enjoyed hiking and bird-watching and keeping in touch with his many friends in Europe and the United States.
Anne Mills Lally
James F. Manning
Donald B. Schulz
James H. Wiard
Gladys Kroub Ball
In Cornwall, England. Closely involved with community organizations including Stratton Hospital League of Friends, and Mt. Edgcumbe Hospice the Ladies Circle, Inner Wheel, Tangent Club. Survived by her husband Christopher Ball (IH 1958-59).
Marjorie I. Koenig
Marge shared her love of learning through a career in teaching that spanned 35 years. Proud of her Bohemian heritage, she attended many Slavic Center activities. Professor Breslauer called her a "perpetual student as well as a dear, affectionate person." She enjoyed traveling including many trips with the California Alumni Association.
Loralee Tucker Hiramoto
Barry Daniel Riccio
An associate professor of history at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and specialist in 20th century American social thought and presidential politics. Appearances as a historian included CSPAN and National Public Radio. Author of Walter Lippmann: Odyssey of a Liberal. At the time of his death, he was writing Running for Our Lives: The Odyssey of our Battle with Cancer with his wife, Kathryn H. Anthony, (I-House 1976-79). Barry and Kathryn maintained contact with scores of I-House friends. After moving away from the Bay Area in 1981, they organized annual Fourth of July mini I-House reunions in San Francisco. Throughout Barry's seven-year bout with cancer, I-House friends rallied around him.
Friends of International House
Wilfredo Q. Belen
Loving husband and father, a custodian at I-House for nine years, dedicated to the spirit of the House. Wilfredo died in a tragic automobile accident which also took the life of his daughter, Zorayma, who was just seven years old. He is survived by his wife, MaryAnn.
Beloved by family and friends who treasured Stanley's generosity of spirit, care for family members, and comical sense of humor. Stanley was a great cook who orchestrated many memorable family feasts. A historian of Oakland's Chinatown and opera enthusiast, Stanley was the I-House salad chef for eleven years.
Elizabeth Heller Mandell
Ladd Griffith and I-House catering staff
Harriet Anderson and Hugh Parry
The 1962-’63 I-House soccer team
The I-House Program Office