FAREWELL TO FRIENDS & IN MEMORIAM


FAREWELL TO FRIENDS

Raymond L. Matthai, resident in 1937-'38, was an active contributor to the cultural life of International House. He organized a chamber orchestra and enjoyed showing the lively side of American culture. One highlight was a song and dance performance of the Florodora Sextet featuring Gay Nineties costumes, top hats, and handlebar moustaches. Ray graduated cum laude with a degree in music. He married Mary Philippa Currie ("Phil") whom he met at International House. Ray had a long and successful career in the schools in Taft, California, teaching music, conducting, and as an adult education administrator. He died November 13, 1998. We, his many friends, remember his charming manner, cheerful disposition, his integrity, high standards, and outstanding achievements.

- Warren Swing (IH 1936-'38)

Stefan Riesenfeld, an internationally respected legal expert and professor emeritus of law at Boalt, came to International House in 1935 to escape the political climate in Germany. Born in Breslau, Germany, Riesenfeld joined the Berkeley faculty in 1952. He was also active in diplomatic relations, serving as legal advisor for the U.S. in the Panama Canal treaty negotiations and the Iran hostage case. In the classroom, Riesenfeld gave all his lectures without notes and was known for his tough yet humorous style. Hundreds of students attended his lectures each semester for 46 years. Although officially retired, he continued to teach courses at Boalt. He passed away on February 17 at the age of 90, the day after he completed grading blue books.

Glenn T. Seaborg, one of the greatest chemists of the 20th century, died February 25th at the age of 86. Seaborg was a Nobel Laureate, an influential voice on national policy, an advisor to ten U.S. presidents, and a beloved Cal professor. Former president of U.C., Clark Kerr said of Seaborg, "I consider Glenn Seaborg, among all the faculty of the University of California, to be the most distinguished in all the four areas of excellence in which we judge faculty-research, teaching, university service, and service to the country." His contributions included the co-discovery of plutonium-238 and -239 plus nine other transuranium elements including Seaborgium, named in his honor. Seaborg came to Berkeley in 1934 as a graduate student enchanted by the possibilities of science. He was an active non-resident member of the House, served on the Board of Directors, and was a frequent visitor to the House for seven decades.

 

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IN MEMORIAM

1930's Alumni

Marjorie R. Gray
November, 1998

Milton Marks
December, 1998

Servart Ojakian
January, 1999

Thomas C. Parsons
August, 1998

Stefan A. Riesenfeld
February, 1999

Glenn T. Seaborg
February, 1999

Chester J. Wolf
October, 1998

1940's Alumni

Arthur J. Benson
September, 1998

Meta L. Berry
December, 1998

Elizabeth W. Bingham
November, 1998

Denis A. Flagg
January, 1999

Eder Hansen
December, 1998

Jack M. Peterson
February, 1999

Lorin H. Tryon
February, 1999

Dean R. Underwood
October, 1998

1950's Alumni

Richard G. LeClair
August, 1998

1970's Alumni

Joanna Kaufman
February, 1999

Sandra L. Starr
September, 1998

1990's Alumni

Edward J. Olney
February, 1999

Friends of I-House

Aldo Di Vergilio
December, 1998

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