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In Memory 1930s Alumni Dr. Philip Knorr (June 12, 2012) As Professor Emeritus of Forestry at University of Arizona, he was dedicated to his role as an educator and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Philip continued his influence on the University of Arizona through his endowment to the Campus Arboretum, the oldest continually maintained public green space in Arizona. Dr. Wilma M. Krebs (July 10, 2012) She was a pioneering economics professor and an outspoken advocate for faculty and retirees at California State University, Sacramento. When she joined the economics faculty in 1959, there were few women professors. She also traveled to many countries with her husband of 40 years, Robert, including a 1977 trip they took to India as Fulbright scholars. 1940s Alumni Keith L. Dixon (March 4, 2012) After earning a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, he became a faculty member at Texas A&M University and then Utah State University in the late 1950s, where he remained until 1989. He served in the US Navy during World War II, where his interest in ornithology and classical music was sparked. Keith went on to become an internationally recognized ornithologist focusing on titmice and chickadees. His wife Martha Williamson Dixon, also an I-House alumnus and donor, passed away in 2010. George T. Hayes (May 2, 2012) He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and thrived at I-House, which influenced his love for international work and travel. After Cal, he pursued an MBA at Harvard University and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. In San Francisco, Spain and the Middle East, he worked in senior management at Bechtel, an international engineering corporation. He was married for 65 years to Patricia Duff with whom he had 6 children and 16 grandchildren. Robert Landwehr (March 17, 2012) He was a WWII vet, retired physicist for the USDA, and violist for the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra along with many other contributions to the community. Bob traveled extensively, played tennis nearly every day and passed the love of the game to his son Mark. Gaby Cohen-Wolff (May 1, 2012) Philip Klein (March 29, 2011) 1950s Alumni Ann Baumann (November 15, 2011) She earned both her B.A. in Psychology and master's degree in Medical Social Work from UC Berkeley. As a philanthropist, social worker, and community activist, she gave generously to various charities including International House, Santa Rosa Symphony, Sonoma Land Trust, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Santa Fe Opera, Historic Santa Fe, and American Association of Blood Banks. John Killeen (August 15, 2012) Following World War II, he earned a B.A. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics at UC Berkeley. While living at I-House, he met his wife of 62 years, Marjorie, and became proud parents of five Cal grads. During his long career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of his many accomplishments included thermonuclear reaction research that was declassified for the 2nd United Nations International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in 1958. Mary Butler (May 15, 2012) Robert Mather (December 22, 2011) 1960s Alumni Dr. David Woolf (February 17, 2012) He earned a B.S. and master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal as well as a D.Sc. in Computer Science from George Washington University. His career with the US Department of State included five years as an Information Systems Manager for the American Embassy in Brussels. He met his first wife, Mairit Nordenstreng, when both lived at I-House. They had two daughters. In 2010 he and his second wife, Mary Woolf, moved to California. He was delighted to be able to attend events at I-House again and became one of the House's first Diplomat Members. 1980s Alumni Peter John Parks (April 1, 2012) With a master's degree in Environmental Science, Management and Policy and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from UC Berkeley, Peter launched into a life-long passion for teaching in academia. As a dedicated and popular teacher, Peter combined scholarly focus with a positive, spiritual outlook on life. Maideh Mazda Magee (August 7, 2012) Maideh was a professor of several languages, popular cookbook author, accomplished dancer, museum docent, and diplomat's wife. She accompanied her husband, Ambassador 18 International House Times Charles T. Magee, on diplomatic assignments to the Soviet Union, France, Bulgaria, Canada, Switzerland, Latvia, and Ukraine. She also published In a Persian Kitchen, the first Persian cookbook written in English, which was highly praised by critics. Friends Kinsey Anderson (June 11, 2012) A professor emeritus of physics at UC Berkeley and an international leader in the field now called space physics. His pioneering experiments were carried aboard balloons, rockets and satellites for nearly 60 years to gather new insights into the magnetic fields of Earth and its solar-system neighbors. Among his many awards, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. Upon his retirement from Cal in 1990, Kinsey received the Berkeley Citation for distinguished achievement and notable service to the university. Robert Brigante (May 21, 2011) During WWII, the Navy sent Bob to UCSF School of Dentistry. He became a popular professor who taught prosthetic dentistry to thousands of students. As Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the '70s, his proudest accomplishment was helping to create the Minority Program. Ellen Gunther (September 12, 2012) Dr. Gunther was one of the first American medical doctors to practice traditional Chinese acupuncture. She studied with the world's foremost acupuncturists in Oxford, England, Japan and China, and maintained a Berkeley practice for 60 years. Ellen was instrumental in convincing then Gov. Jerry Brown to license acupuncture in California. She was inspired to become a pilot by her brother and her former neighbor astronaut Neil Armstrong. Her late husband of 30 years, Wendell Lipscomb (IH 47- 48), was a famed Tuskegee Airmen's instructor pilot and the first African-American medical doctor at Kaiser Oakland, I-House Board Member and IH notable alumni. A memorial will be held at I-House on January 26, 2013. Sylvia Korchin (May 14, 2012) She served her community for many years as an educator for Orinda School District. Sylvia was the life force behind her husband of 46 years, Professor Sheldon J. Korchin. After his passing, she continued their commitment to UC Berkeley by working with the International House and the University Section Club.

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