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Letter From... Kathryn Duke (IH 1973) I lived in I-House when I moved to California from Texas in the summer of 1973. Until then, my only contact with people from other cultures had been with family members living near or across the Mexican border. I worked in the I-House Dining Hall that summer and the following year as a dishwasher and then cashier, getting to know many residents through that work and the Wednesday night coffee hours. a year later, when I was living in Mexico City and met a young man on the day of Nixon's resignation who wanted to tell me, an obvious gringo, that he resented many things about the U.S. government but was deeply impressed to see a president be replaced without a military coup. At I-House, I remember spending many hours sitting in the Great Hall, watching the televised Watergate hearings. Watching those alongside people from different countries got me wondering what they thought about all this. I thought of them RICHARD HEGGIE (IH 1943-44) I-House remembers Richard Heggie, distinguished alumnus and devoted former Board member ('95-'04, '83-'94), who passed away May 9th, 2012. In October 1973, another mind-opening I-House experience came when the Yom Kippur war began. An Israeli friend at I-House came to tell me goodbye because he had bought a ticket to fly back to Israel, eager and ready to do his part to "defend my country." Before then, my main experience with young men talking about U.S. military service was because they were worried about being drafted to fight in Vietnam, and were talking of seeking deferments or going to Canada. I started thinking about these different attitudes, and what they might tell me about national identity and attitudes toward military service. These experiences in new perspectives were part of the reason that I returned to school as a UC Berkeley graduate student in social-cultural and linguistic anthropology, and in law and public health. It's good to think of today's students continuing the I-House tradition of connecting with completely different people and ideas, which experiences will affect them throughout their lives. n Letters From...Do you have a unique I-House story or do you know an I-House alum who is doing something notable or amazing? Email Alumni Relations at Dr. Hans Giesecke Leading I-House Into New Era (continued from page 1) Hans and his wife Susan have three teenage children and recently moved, serendipitously, into the same Berkeley hills home once inhabited by I-House's first Executive Director, Allen Blaisdell. Dr. Giesecke's prior roles also include President/CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. in Indianapolis, President's Advisor for Student Affairs at International University Bremen in Germany (now Jacobs University), President of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association in Nashville, TN, and Director of Marketing and Research with the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) in Sacramento. He earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Education and Human Development. His M.A. was received from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.A. from Williams College. Read more from Hans in his ED remarks on page two or by viewing the video of this fall's Lodestar Supper at The I-House Times is published periodically for alumni and friends of International House. Executive Director Hans Giesecke Editor-in-chief Shanti Corrigan Contributors Keira Dubowsky Andrea Ellickson Laurie Ferris Laurel Anderson-Malinovsky Dave Tozer For more information: (510) 642-4128 International House 2299 Piedmont Ave. Berkeley, CA 94720-2320 Federal Tax ID: 94-1167403 Among his many achievements, he was the first mayor of the City of Orinda and was heavily involved with the University of California. He was a lifetime Cal Bears fan and served as President of the University of California Alumni Association, Regent of the University of California, Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation, and member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies. The University of California awarded him a California Alumni Citation and Wheeler Oak Award for his incredible contributions. Early in his career, he served in the U.S. Navy and returned to UC Berkeley to earn his Master's in International Relations. He met his wife, Bea, through the Cal Symphony Forum and his willingness to move a piano for her. Their relationship blossomed during his stay at I-House. During his nineteen year tenure with the Asia Foundation he worked in Japan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and India. Later, he served as Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Northern California for over twelve years. Richard approached life with an immense dedication to many causes and organizations. The Government of Belgium honored him with the Order of Leopold II. Richard traveled throughout his life and led many tours internationally through the Cal Alumni Association and the World Affairs Council. He never lost his eagerness to visit or climb every tower, museum or tomb. He will be particularly remembered for his integrity, determination, eloquence, and sense of humor. He is survived by Bea, his wife of 63 years, three daughters, Karen, Jennifer, Deborah, and two grand-daughters, Sarah and Emily. 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