Dear Fellow Phi Betes,
Well, there was no more sunshine at Asilomar on
Presidents’ Day weekend than there was in
the rest of the state, but a good time was had
by all nonetheless. For the fifth consecutive year,
we enjoyed the benefits of Jean James’ energy,
resourcefulness, and careful planning; we and,
unbeknownst to them, the scholarship winners owe
her a great deal. This year we heard an unusually
diverse array of speakers, on topics ranging from
the cultural geography of Uzbekistan and its neighbors
to planning for a round-the-world trip with two
school-age children and a cat in a home-made boat.
As usual, the question periods revealed unexpected
troves of specialized knowledge among the listeners.
We were happy to see a healthy and unafraid deer
herd roaming the grounds, but somewhat disconcerted
by a sign urging visitors to beware of mountain
lions—two no doubt related natural phenomena.
Planning has already begun for next year’s
weekend at Asilomar, our twentieth. Do get your
suggestions and reservation forms in to Jean early,
so you can help us make it a truly memorable occasion.
In the meantime, I would like to invite you to
attend our annual dinner, on May 1 at the UC Faculty
Club in Berkeley. This is not a fundraising event
for us, but rather a celebration of the gifts and
accomplishments of our Scholarship and Teaching
Excellence awardees. Usually at least half of them
are able to attend and speak briefly about their
work (the rest tend to be off in the field, working
toward the goals that won them the award in the
first place). If you seek assurance that the life
of the mind and the ideal of scholarly excellence
are alive and well in Northern California, you
could not find it at a better place.
If you plan to attend any of the PBKNCA
events, please clip or copy the appropriate coupon
in the hard copy of the Newsletter, fill it out
and mail it, with your check, to me at the address
indicated. No confirmations or additional details
will be sent; be sure to save this newsletter!
First Vice President - Programs
NCA Annual Meeting
and Awards Dinner
the PBK NCA Board in celebrating this year’s
accomplishments in the charming setting and
collegial atmosphere of the UC Berkeley Faculty
Club. Take this opportunity to meet with,
and be inspired by the dedication and achievements
of our scholarship and teaching excellence
award winners. Social hour begins at 5 p.m.
and dinner will be served starting at 6:05
p.m. Choose between chicken, beef, or vegetarian.
The bar is "No host" during social
hour but dinner will include house wine,
coffee or tea, plus salad and dessert in
addition to your pre-selected entrée
which comes with rice or potatoes and seasonal
May 1, 2005
Deadline: April 15, 2005
Time: 5 p.m.
Price: $50 (includes parking)
Directions: On the campus of UC Berkeley (University
Avenue exit off I-80). At the end of April, registrants
will be mailed a "Faculty Club Notecard" that
will include driving directions and a foldout campus
map with parking instructions.
House Backstage Tour (website)
Attention Opera Lovers! Have you ever
wanted to know more about the architecture
and construction of the Opera House? Have
you wondered about its colorful history?
Have you always yearned to travel through
the auditorium and behind the footlights
to the artist dressing rooms, back stage
area, and Wig and Make-up Department? If
so, this is the tour for you! We will meet
at 10:15 am at the Groves Street entrance
(opposite Davies entrance) for an Opera
Guild docent-led tour beginning at 10:30am.
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Time: Meet at 10:15 a.m. for tour from
10:30 - noon
Deadline: May 1, 2005
Price: $15.00 per person
War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness
Avenue (at Grove St.), San Francisco. Go
to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge,
Bay Bridge or by going north on US 101
or I-280. From the North: After crossing
the Golden Gate Bridge stay on US 101 which
turns into Van Ness Avenue. The Opera House
is in the Civic Center on Van Ness. From
the South on I-280 take the Civic Center
(Van Ness) exit and go north. From the
East, exit US 101 take the Civic Center
(Van Ness) exit and go north. From the
South on US 101 stay on US 101 until the
Civic Center (Van Ness) exit. The Opera
House is in the Civic Center on Van Ness.
IT RAINED. IT EVEN POURED.
About the Asilomar
Asilomar was designed by
Julia Morgan, who also designed Hearst Castle
Read more about Julia
Note that our Asilomar Conference
now has a special URL www.asilomar.pbknca.org
But… the weather did not dampen the spirits
of the 91 Phi Betes and guests who joined us
for our Association’s nineteenth annual
retreat at the Asilomar Conference Center in
Pacific Grove this February 18 – 21, 2005.
The clouds and rain, mingled with occasional
glints of sunshine, only added to the beauty
of the venue. Although this year’s participants
on their after-conference questionnaires enthusiastically
praised the quality of the speakers, what our
members valued most was the opportunity to meet
and mingle with one another. We are truly an
organization made up of outstanding, interesting,
In addition to the intellectual and social aspects
of the conference, Asilomar is also important
to our Association because it is a major fund-raiser
for our scholarship program. Our profits this
year were over $8000 – enough to fund two
of our $4000 graduate scholarships. This money
comes from our $100 per person registration fee;
the part that isn’t used for expenses is
totally tax-deductible. This year $90.31 of the
$100 registration fee you paid in 2004 for Asilomar
2005 is deductible.
Plans for Asilomar 2006 (President’s Day
Weekend – February 17 - 20) are already
starting to take shape. Next year’s conference
will mark the twentieth year we have been gathering
at Asilomar, and we are planning a special celebration.
The sufficiently broad theme - The Best of the
Monterey Bay Area - should allow for all kinds
of stimulating presentations. Although several
of you have already provided me with suggestions
for next year’s programs and speakers,
please contact me if you think of anything else.
(My email address and telephone number appear
with those of the other officers in this newsletter.)
Our most successful presentations have been the
direct result of your recommendations.
To assure the continued success of our Asilomar
conference, please pass the word along to others
who might want to participate in this unique
experience. Our best advertisement is word of
mouth and the best place to pass the word is
at our many Association activities. When you
attend these events, please tell others of your
positive Asilomar experience and encourage them
to join us. Each individual who comes directly
supports our scholarship program.
I would like to encourage you, too, to attend
our annual dinner in May when we award these
scholarships and honor professors for their teaching
excellence. To actually see and hear about how
important these awards are to the very talented
recipients is truly inspirational.
The 2005-06 Nominating Committee
Marvin Richards, Chair
The Nominating Committee nominates the following
officers for the 2005-06 Board of Phi Beta Kappa
Northern California Association and the following
slate for the 2005-06 Nominating Committee. A
vote of the Membership will be taken at the annual
meeting May 1, 2005.
Board Nominees and Biographical Data
Second Vice President, Scholarship 2000-2004,
Scholarship Comm. 1995-2004 PBK NCA; PBK BA
(High Honors) French history & literature,
Cornell 1960; freelance editor & translator
1968-78; Editor, Center for Advanced Study in
the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford 1978-86; Manuscript
Editor 1963-68, Sponsoring Editor 1986-present,
Stanford Univ. Press; Palo Alto Community Advisory
Board on Special Education.
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMS - VACANT
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT, SCHOLARSHIP
A.A. Glendale Junior College (as it was then)
in 1957; PBK BA in English and teaching credential,
UC Berkeley 1959 and 1960, respectively; M.A.
in English, Cal State Long Beach (as it was then)
1968; Taught English at Costa Mesa High School,
Saddleback College and Long Beach City College
1969-1975; Sailed around the world 1975-1980;
In charge of the publications program at the Institute
of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, September
1980-present (editor, typesetter, proofreader,
marketer, publicist, etc.).
THIRD VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP
3rd Vice President, Membership PBK NCA, 2000-present;
PBK, AB (magna cum laude) English, Sweet Briar College,
1962; MAT English, Emory U., 1964; English teacher,
Atlanta Public Schools, 1964-67; IBM system engineer & instructor,
1967-91; data processing instructor, College of Marin,
1982-83; Systems Advisory committee, College of Marin,
1983-present; Board member, California Nevada Arabian
Sport Horse Assn., 2002-03.
Jean E. James
Corresponding Sec. 1998-present, Nominating Comm. 1995-96,
1999-2000, Asilomar Chair 2001-present, PBK NCA; BA
German, DePauw U. 1968; MAT Northwestern U. 1969; Graduate
work, Stanford & Chicago; Retired teacher of college
prep. English and English as a second language; now
an enthusiastic dressage rider and tennis player.
RECORDING SECRETARY - VACANT
TEACHING EXCELLENCE CHAIR
Teaching Excellence Chair 1999-present, Teaching Excellence
Comm. 1992-present, Nominating Comm. 1997-99,PBK NCA; ,
BS Chemistry 1938, MS Chemistry 1940, PhD Physics 1943,
UC Berkeley; Sigma Xi; Phi Mu Episolon; Fellow, American
Physical Soc.; American Assn. of Physics Teachers;
Dean, Prof. of Physics Emeritus, CSU Hayward; Presently
teaching foreign students & spouses at Stanford;
Formerly Visiting Prof. of Physics at Stanford, Washington,
UC Berkeley, & USC; Formerly Professor of Physics,
New York University; Professor of Electrical Engineering,
University of Illinois, Chicago.
Mary Turner Gilliland
Treasurer 2001-present, PBK NCA; PBK BA (High Honors)
French & Textiles & Clothing, UCSB, 1969; Community
Volunteer, 1971-present: United Church of Christ, No.
Calif. Conference Comm. on Ministry (Co-chair); San
José Museum of Quilts and Textiles (Pres. of
the Board); International Federation for Home Economics.
CHAPTER LIAISON CHAIR - VACANT
Gerald T. Richards
Newsletter Chair 2001-present, PBK NCA, PBK, Tau Beta
Pi 1956, BS Ind. Engr. (magna cum laude) 1957, Lafayette
College; Sigma Pi Sigma,
MS Engr. Purdue 1963; Physics graduate work, Lehigh & UC
Davis; JD Golden Gate U. 1976; US Army service to major
1948-52 & 1959-67; Physicist 1967-73, 1979-81,
Lawyer 1981-93, Retired 1993, UC Lawrence Livermore
Nat’l Lab.; Staff Member, Calif. Boys’ State,
1996-present; Emeritus Attorney, 1998-present; Member,
Standing Comm. On Senior Lawyers, 2002-2005 Cal. State
Bar; Member, Board of Administrative Appeals, Antioch,
Ca 2003-2004; Who’s Who in America, 54th Ed.
Board Liaison to the 2004-05 Nominating Committee
Mary Agnes Hanel
President 2002-04, First Vice President, Programs 2000-02,
Chapter Liaison Chair 1977-2000, Recording Secretary
1995-97 PBK NCA; BA History, UC Davis; Master of Library
Science, UC Berkeley; Library Program Coordinator-Local
History/Genealogy Librarian, Santa Clara City Library.
Nominees for the 2005-06 Nominating Committee
Masako K. Miura
Member PBK NCA, 1982-present; PBK, BA USC 1936; MD
USC 1942; Residency in Dermatology LA County Hospital;
Dermatologist, LA School District, 1949-54; Civilian
Physician, US Army, Fort Ord, 1955-81; Retired in 1981
Recording Secretary 2000-2005, Nominating Comm. 1999-2000
PBK NCA; PBK, A.B., French, Bates College, Lewiston,
ME; M.A., Comparative Literature (Spanish/French),
U.C., Berkeley. Graduate studies at Middlebury School
of Languages, Middlebury, VT, and Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, NJ; Foreign Service, Dept. of State,
Madrid, Spain; Johnson & Johnson International,
Translator; Teacher, French, Spanish, ESL, K-8. Supervisor,
St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA
Marvin D. Richards
PBK, 1947, BA (highest distinction) 1948, Alpha Omega
Alpha (Medical Honor Society) 1950, MD 1951, State
University of Iowa; Certified, American Board Internal
Medicine 1958; Fellow American College of Physicians
1975; Private Practice, Internal Medicine 1955-1982;
Currently Physician San Mateo Medical Center.
PBK NCA, President 1993-95, Nominating Committee 1995-96 & 2000-01,
Asilomar Chair 1997-99, and other positions; PBK 1948
Brown Univ.; President, executive search and consulting
James L Wellhouse
PBK, BA Univ. of Iowa, 1948; MD, Washington Univ. St.
Louis 1952; Commissioned Officer, U.S. Public Health
Service , 1952-72 Sub-specialty training in psychoanalysis,
Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis,
1960-72; Instructor in psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Univ.
1960-65; Clinical assistant-associate-Prof. George
Washington Univ., School of Medicine, 1977-97; Clinical
psychiatrist Washington, D.C. Police and Fire Departments
Nancy Ranney Wolcott
PBK, BA, 1955 UC Berkeley; Gen. Elem. Credential 1963
UCSB; MS (Special Ed. Credential-Handicapped) Dominican
College 1975; Special Ed Teacher K-8, Ross Grammar
School 1974-82; Consultant, Gifted Program 1982-83,
Reading Curriculum Revision 1983-84, Ross Valley School
District; Design Consultant and Property Management
1985 to present.