House alumni gatherings are in the planning stages in:
June 14, 2003
October 11, 2003
October 12, 2003
will be mailed to alumni in those areas. Watch the program calendar
on the web for more information at
and Bill Dickinson
Kuizenga Dickinson, who served as the International House Program
Director from 1971 to 1984, died on December 3, 2002. Known for
her dynamic leadership, Ms. Dickinson developed the community visits
program and Lodestar retreats. She worked with the Section Club
(Faculty Wives Foreign Student Committee) and shared her contagious
enthusiasm for International House with many community groups. Ms.
Dickinson also served as a foreign student advisor from 1964-71
Warrick, I-House Director Emeritus, recalls, "I first met Donna
Dickinson in the sixties when she walked into my office and indicated
that she was interested in becoming a foreign student adviser. This
was the era when foreign students were just beginning to inundate
American universities and little was known about how to serve them.
qualifications were almost too good to be true, and there was the
bonus of two for one: husband Bill loved to talk to students about
fission, fusion, black holes and quarks. Donna loved to speak at
community events about international understanding through hospitality,
and together they enjoyed hosting students at discussion retreats
in the mountains, as well as advising and counseling."
notes, "Donna was the daughter of a Presbyterian minister;
the owner of three Cal degrees including a Ph.D.; the admirer of
an Asian culture; a linguist, a writer for newspapers, a believer
in world federalism, mother of two, spouse of a Livermore Lab nuclear
physicist who was a graduate of Cal Tech and with whom she had resided
in Cambridge Mass, at Los Alamos, New Mexico, and in Bandung, Indonesia."
Carr, longtime assistant to Donna, recalls: "I think the dynamo
title is right. I remember Donna saying once that when she was asked
the best advice she had ever been given, she said, 'Take your cupcakes
when they're passed!'"
Warrick remembers Donna as enthusiastic and engaging. She had a
hearty laugh, loved to have fun, and to lead dining table discussions
"where ideas crackled like firecrackers."
Dickinson is survived by her husband William Dickinson of Alameda.
The family asks that donations be made to the I-House Scholarship
Program or St. Joseph of Arimathea Collegiate Chapel. A memorial
service was held on December 30.