Distinguished Alumni

These are just some of the many Distinguished Alumni of International House. To include others who should also be recognized, please send your recommendations for additions to Bethann Johnson and include any available information about their achievements.

Abdelkader Abbadi
U.N. Deputy Director for Political Affairs

Arlene Blum
Mountaineer and Author

W. Michael Blumenthal
Secretary of the Treasury

J. Dennis Bonney
Vice Chairman,
Chevron Corporation

Jerry Brown
Governor of California

Melvin Calvin
Nobel Laureate

Owen Chamberlain
Nobel Laureate

Choong Kun Cho
President of Korean Airlines

Soon Cho
Mayor of Seoul, Korea

Marian Diamond
Professor and Researcher

John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Ambassador to India

Richard Goldman
Founder of Goldman Environmental Prize

Oona King
Member of Parliament, U.K.

Tetsuo Kondo
Minister of Labor in Korea

Willis Lamb
Nobel Laureate

Haakon Magnus
Crown Prince of Norway

Frank Newman
California Supreme Court Justice

Sadako Ogata
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees

Michael Okeyo
Ambassador to the U.S. from Kenya

Andres Petricevic
Ambassador to the U.S. from Bolivia

Roger Revelle
Nobel Laureate

Emmet Rice
Federal Reserve Board member

Arun Sarin
Vodaphone CEO

Eric Schmidt
Novell CEO

Julian Schwinger
Nobel Laureate

Glenn Seaborg
Nobel Laureate

James C.Y. Soong
Governor of Taiwan, Province of China

Kenneth Taylor
Canadian Ambassador to Iran

Julianne Cartwright Traylor
Chair of Amnesty International USA

Dietrich von Bothmer
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson,
Nobel Laureate

Pete Wilson
Governor of California


Profile of a Distinguished Alumnus
Dick Wilson, Asia Scholar and I-House resident 1952-1953

"The I-House year was a high point in our early lives when we did not have to learn internationalism because we lived it every day," says Asia scholar, Dick Wilson.

"The I-House year was a high point in our early lives when we did not have to learn internationalism because we lived it every day," says Asia scholar, Dick Wilson. "If only the world could be run like I-House!"

When Dick Wilson left Berkeley in 1953, he traveled through Asia for a year on his way home to England, visiting I-House friends along the way, including Ted Shingu and Akiko Mori, Francois Junod and Alauddin Aljouburi, Lim Chit Soo and Brian Sutton-Smith. Although he had studied law at Cal, that trip coupled with his I-House experiences led him to become a journalist and author specializing in the politics, economics and thought of Asian countries.

Wilson worked for the Financial Times in London for four years and then went to Hong Kong, where he was editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review for six years. His balanced coverage of the Asian scene led the Philippines to confer on him its prestigious Magsaysay Award. He served as editorial advisor for the Straits Times in Singapore for three years, helping establish and operate the newspaper.

In the mid-1960s Wilson returned to London to write about Asia. Of his 20 published books, more than half are about China, including books on Chinese politics, economics, history, and biographies of Mao and Zhou. His last book on the country was China, The Big Tiger (1996). A reviewer said of it: "On almost every page the reader benefits from the author's more than 40 years of experience, wisdom, and cultural sensitivity."

Wilson also authored books about Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Asian Development Bank. He writes a monthly column for Hong Kong Business  and edited The China Quarterly for five years. He recently finished They Changed India , a book about Indian thinkers and reformers of the last 200 years, including Gandhi and Nehru.

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