Fall 2002
by Dorothy Read

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Alumni of the G.N. Lewis Era


Alumni of the Cupola Era


Free Radicals Alumni




Post-Millennium Alumni


In Memoriam


. Virginia Jane Harris (Chem)
retired in 1984 and has been enjoying her work as a volunteer docent for the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park near her home in Diamond Springs, CA. She has one son, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and is expecting more!

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Denham Harman (see 1943)


After graduation, Denham Harman (Chem) worked as a research chemist in the reaction kinetics department of Shell Development Company in Emeryville until he left to go to Stanford Medical School in 1949. Generally acknowledged as the father of the free radical theory of aging, he credits his early work in chemistry with having given him insights into the role played by free radicals in biological systems. Professor Emerita Paola S. Timiras of UCB’s Department of MCB describes him as “the first and major proponent of the free radical-oxidative stress theory of aging,” a key component in current research in health and the aging process.

He was Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and is now Professor Emeritus. He has been the recipient of many honorary degrees and awards and has lectured extensively on the relation of free radicals to the aging process and associated neurodegenerative diseases.

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B.S. Since his retirement as a health physicist for the California Department of Health more than 10 years ago, Irving Goldberg (Chem) has been a docent at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, enjoying every minute, sharing his enthusiasm with other rail fans. His wife’s retirement in 1996 allows them to continue their education together and take Elderhostel trips throughout the United States.

B.S. Awarded the highest honor the U.S. can bestow on a civilian, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, at the White House in July, Gordon E. Moore (Chem) commented, “It sure was an eclectic group of people to be there with: Hank Aaron, Mr. Rogers—it was truly unusual… I feel greatly honored by it.” He was being recognized for his role in the development of the microchip and for his philanthropy. He is a co-founder of Intel Corporation.

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B.S. After graduating, John S. Killian (ChemE) worked in various aerospace companies, including Rocketdyne, Aeronutronic, Hughes Aircraft, and McDonnell Douglas, doing quality control and process engineering. He and his wife have four children: Kim, LeAnne, Leslie, and Darin. He is now divorced and living in Sunset Beach, CA, with his daughter, LeAnne. Pastimes include bodysurfing, bicycling (usually about 150 miles per month!), tournament bridge (he is a Gold Life Master), and snow skiing, which he has done since 1944. He supports tennis and swimming activities at Cal through his donations.

Norman L. Allinger (Chem) has been honored with the Franklin Institute’s 2002 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry. Research Professor of Chemistry at the University of Georgia at Athens’ Computational Center for Molecular Structure and Design, Allinger is known for his pioneering efforts in the use of computational chemistry, especially molecular mechanics, to solve a variety of chemical problems, including determining accurate three-dimensional structures and the resulting energies using both quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical methods. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society, and has received the Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists and the Schrödinger Medal of the World Association of Theoretically Oriented Chemists.

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Ph.D. John W. Cahn (Chem) was awarded the Bower Prize and Medal of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia last April. He is a senior fellow at the National Institute of Science and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD.

Ph.D. Retired and living in Palo Alto, Thomas Passell (Chem) says, “enjoying my 21 grandchildren is my biggest challenge and pleasure.” He attended the Ninth International Conference on Cold Fusion in May 2002 in Beijing and writes, "I'll bet you thought cold fusion was dead!”

B.S. Delano P. Chong (Chem) officially retired in January 2002 as Professor of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. He finds himself busier than before, but having “no teaching duties to worry about is a great delight.” He and his wife have vacationed and traveled in Hong Kong and China. He is also continuing his research, currently taking a 3.5-month long trip around the world to discuss research with his international colleagues.

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B.S. In July 2001 Gary D. Davis (ChemE) retired from the Tosco (now Phillips) oil refinery near Arroyo Grande, CA. He and his wife, Lisa, moved to Graeagle, CA, where they had a new home built. He is a mentor at the local elementary school, assistant scoutmaster for the local troop, and he teaches 10–12 year olds at the Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Reno, where he and Lisa serve each Sunday. He writes, “No, no golf.”

M.S. Allen A. Kozinski (ChemE) retired this year as group vice president of Global Refining for BP-PLC. With his wife, Helen, he makes his home in Incline Village, NV.

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Ph.D. After serving for 20 years as head of the analytical chemistry department at the Forest Products Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Madison, WI, Roger C. Pettersen (Chem) retired in April 2000. He’s currently working part-time as a chemistry lab instructor at Edgewood College in Madison.

Jeanne Pimentel and Mario Molina (Ph.D. '72). Molina gave the George C. Pimentel Memorial Lecture here in April 2002. Click on the photo to view a larger image.

Ph.D. Gordon J. Wozniak (Chem) was recognized this year for his contributions as head of the safety review committee for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The head of LBNL, Dr. Charles Shank, noted Wozniak’s successes in revitalizing the SRC’s programs that bring senior management and staff members into the process of working on environmental health and safety issues.

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Ph.D. Now living in Kauai, where his wife, Mary Mackiernan, is a physician, Robin D. Clark (Chem) took retirement from his position as senior staff research chemist at Roche Bioscience in Palo Alto, CA, but maintains an office there and consults every month. He also consults with three other companies in the Bay Area, so he is actually busier than ever.

B.S. Thomas R. Webb (Chem) was promoted in January 2002 to vice president of research and development at both ChemBridge Corporation and ChemBridge Research Labs, LLC in San Diego, CA.

Nirmal Chatterjee (Ph.D. '71, ChemE) (center) was chosen to be the college’s commencement speaker in May. Here he is being hooded by his thesis advisor, Prof. David Lyon (Ph.D. '48), while Dean Clayton Heathcock looks on at a pre-commencement lunch. You can find his commencement speech online here. Photo by Jane Scheiber. Click on the photo to view a larger image.

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. In June 2001, Guy K. Young (ChemE) joined Valero Energy as technical director at the Benicia, CA refinery.

At Genentech in South San Francisco, Timothy N. Breece (ChemE) is in charge of developing the recovery process for a new monoclonal antibody to treat cancers that do not respond to Herceptin™ therapy. He and his wife, Susan Zivic, have a son, Thomas Thor Breece, born May 31, 2001.

B.A. Robert L. Duerr (Chem), a cardiologist in Boise, Idaho (with an M.D. from Harvard Medical School), writes, “Very sorry to hear about Rap. A great mentor was lost. Personal notes are too varied to list.” He invites former classmates to send email to catch up: rduerr@idahocardiology.com.

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B.S. In 1999, Azita Yazdani (ChemE) launched Exergy Technologies Corporation to bring to market electrochemical membrane technologies. She’d like to hear from professors and other graduates who are working in the area of membrane development and separations. You can contact her at 25 Mauchly, Suite 316, Irvine CA 92618. The company’s website will be up soon.

M.S. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers announced that Todd Yuzuriha (ChemE) was the 2001 recipient of the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Engineering Professionalism. He was selected for his book, How to Succeed As An Engineer: A Practical Guide to Enhance your Career.

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B.S. After running Resource Catalysts, a successful air quality and energy projects consulting practice, for more than seven years, Shirley F. Rivera (ChemE) recently joined Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, Inc. in Carlsbad, CA. In addition to consulting in the field of air quality and power generation, she will be involved in projects associated with energy efficiency and energy technologies.

James J. Lee (Chem) completed his M.D. at the St. Louis University School of Medicine and did an internal medicine residency and a gastroenterology fellowship at UC Irvine. Three years ago, he started a gastroenterology practice in Orange, CA. He and his wife, Sylvia Park, have been married 12 years and have a seven-year-old son.

Ph.D. Since March this year, Thomas D. Y. Chung (Chem) has been the chief scientific officer at Genoptix, Inc. in San Diego, a biotech company that utilizes laser light to analyze and separate cells based on their physiological states at the time of measurement. The technology has broad applications in drug development, toxicology, diagnostics, and biopharmaceuticals.

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B.S. Lisa Wang (Chem) earned a Ph.D. from MIT in 1993. After developing some chemical sensitivities, she transitioned out of working in labs and moved into technology assessment and business development activities as manager of scientific affairs for Kowa Research Institute in San Jose, CA, an affiliate of Kowa Company Ltd, a Japanese pharmaceutical company.

Ph.D. Herbert H. Hooper (ChemE)
left his position as executive vice president of Aclara Biosciences in Mountain View, CA, to join Ampersand Ventures in Wellesley, MA, as an operating partner.

Ph.D. Since August 2000, Felicia Etzkorn (Chem) has been an associate professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Chemistry. She enjoys her new colleagues, including Cal graduates Neal and Kay Castagnoli (’64 Ph.D. Chem and ’63 B.S. Chem). She met her husband, Dick Moore, in 1996 and they had a son, Galen, in 1998. She adopted her stepchildren, Virginia, 16, and Richard, 18, in 1997.

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B.A. Having completed a residency in neurology at UC San Diego in June this year, Judy L. Chang (Chem) started a fellowship in sleep medicine at Stanford in July.

B.S. After earning his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1998 and doing drug discovery research at Bristol-Myers Squibb for three years, in 2001 Lawrence K. Fung (ChemE) took a position at Neurogen Corporation, a biotech company specializing in drug discovery and development for psychiatric, metabolic, and inflammatory disorders. He and his wife, Michele Mak, live in Hamden, CT.

In the winter of 2002, Steven D. Chambreau (Chem) completed his Ph.D. at UC Riverside under the direction of Jingsong Zhang (’93 Ph.D. Chem). He was awarded a National Research Council associateship with Dr. Jim Dodd at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.

Ph.D. Susan T. Sharfstein (Chem) joined the faculty of chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall of 2001. She had spent the prior year at the NY State Department of Health and raising her child, who is now three. Her research is primarily in the application of chemical engineering principles to biological systems, specifically to animal-cell culture systems. Some of the potential applications of the outcome of her work are in drugs for treating cancer, heart attack, and stroke victims. Her husband, Joseph J. Shiang (’94 Ph.D. Chem), is now a research scientist at GE Global Research in Schenectady, NY.

In May 2002, Raz Jelinek (Chem) received tenure as a professor of chemistry at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva, Israel.

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Ph.D. Moving up the ladder at Merck in West Point, PA, John Markels (ChemE) is now Vice President for Pharmaceutical Technology and Engineering, in charge of all technical aspects of Merck’s drug product manufacturing around the world.

Photo by Jane Scheiber Rosario Scott (B.S. ’00, ChemE), Sue Behrens (Ph.D. ’90, ChemE) and Camille Anderson (Ph.D. ’01, ChemE) recruit for their employer, Merck & Co., Inc, at the career fair held on campus in September.

Ph.D. For her proposal titled “Probing the Radical Nature of the SOHIO Process: Model Studies in Solution,” Tracy A. Hanna (Chem) received a 2001 National Science Foundation Career Award. She is an assistant professor of chemistry at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.

With a J.D. earned from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1998, Stacy M. Landry (Chem) has been a patent attorney for Quine Intellectual Property Law Group in Alameda, CA. She and her husband, Richard Raffanti, have a one-yearold daughter, Elizabeth Landry Raffanti.

Postdoc. A prestigious David and Lucille Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering was awarded to Jingyue Ju (Chem) for his work as an associate professor of chemical engineering and applied chemistry at the Columbia Genome Center, Columbia University. The $625,000 award recognized his study of the chemical building blocks that make up DNA and his proposal on novel chemistry to sequence the human genome.

As a principal engineer at Caliper Technologies Corp in Mountain View, CA, since March 2001, Luke G. Liang (Chem) is “excited working on lab-on-a-chip technologies.” He and his wife, Rona, live in San Jose.

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Ph.D. Jeffrey S. Kieft (Chem) completed a postdoc at Yale in August 2002 with Jennifer Doudna (now a professor of MCB and chemistry at Berkeley, whose husband, Jamie Cate, also teaches in the College of Chemistry). Then he worked for a year at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C., under a Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship Award. In September, he and his wife, Brigit, moved to Denver, where he took a position as assistant professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Alyssa Roche (B.S. '87, ChemE) and Joel Burley (Ph.D. '91, Chem) at the CHEMillenniums Alumni Era Committee meeting in June. Behind them are Mark Ellsworth (Ph.D. '93, Chem) and Daisy Joe DuBois (Ph.D. '94 Chem). Photo by Jane Scheiber. Click on the photo to view a larger image.

B.S. Deborah H. Hong (ChemE) worked as a clinical research associate at UCSF Hospital and is now in medical school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Postdoc. Promoted to senior research chemist at Abbott Labs in 2001, Sean C. Turner (Chem) has been involved in neuroscience research. He has had three publications in the Journal of Organic Chemistry and registered three patents. He has also been a member of teams to launch two drug candidates.

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B.S. Arneh Babakhani (Chem) is a division officer in the U.S. Navy, currently stationed in San Diego, CA.

Ph.D. Alice Y. Ting (Chem) is working in Cambridge, MA as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at MIT.

Postdoc. Assistant professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins since August 2000, Thomas Meersmann (Chem) recently received a National Science Foundation Career Award.

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B.S. Alexandra D. Holland (ChemE) is in her first year of graduate school, working on her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dave D. Miller (ChemE) works for Advent Engineering Sevices, a consulting company in Durham, NC, doing engineering and radiation work at biotech companies.

As a financial associate with the Bank of America in Charlotte, NC, Arun R. Pinto (ChemE) is spearheading a project that utilizes constrained optimization technologies to reduce the volatility of earnings in the commercial and consumer bank. It is anticipated that the project will save the bank $8.6 million to $20 million..

Raymond To (ChemE) took a position as a process engineer in the performance polymers division of Rohm and Haas Company in Hayward, CA. To those still looking for jobs, he writes, “Don’t give your hopes up, my friends!”

Charles Yeamans (ChemE and Nuc Engr) has started graduate school in nuclear engineering at MIT.

Ph.D. As an assistant professor at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, Stefan Hecht (Chem) is a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Young Investigator Award.

Postdoc. Michael Hsuan-Xi Huang (Chem) joined the faculty of National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, as an assistant professor this year. His research is in the area of nanomaterials.

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B.S. Michael C. Chin (ChemE and MSE)
, who endeared himself to the college relations office as a student worker here, “took a little summer school to keep the brain stimulated,” and then landed a job as a coating engineer at Plasma Technology.
Through a company program, he also hopes to continue his studies in graduate school.

Dick T. Co (Chem) started work on a graduate degree in chemical physics at Harvard this fall.

Victor K. Tam (Chem) just began his graduate studies at UC San Diego.

Ph.D. Jennifer A. Tripp (Chem) is in the archaeology department of Oxford University, England, on a postdoctoral National Science Foundation grant.

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In Memoriam

Nell Frances Hollinger (B.A. Chem) passed away in Carson City, NV, on April 23, 2002 at the age of 97. She earned her doctorate from Stanford and was a professor of public health at UCB from 1944 until her retirement in 1970. Her collaboration with Prof. Lowell Rantz of Stanford Medical School and with Cutter Laboratories resulted in the development and production of the first beta-hemolyticstreptococcal streptolysin for mass distribution, constituting a breakthrough in the large-scale availability of a test for the rheumatic fever syndrome. Her service in the clinical laboratory profession contributed to the crafting of many of California’s current clinical laboratory laws and regulations. She held lifetime memberships in the American Association of Bioanalysts and the American Society of Microbiology, among many professional associations. She is survived by her sister, Lucile Krikac, and many devoted friends and colleagues who credit her with inspiring young women to pursue careers in the sciences.

Aaron Wachter (Ph.D. Chem) passed away on December 14, 2001. He did postdoctoral study at Caltech and Johns Hopkins University before joining Shell Development Company, where he started their Corrosion Research Department. During World War II, he was awarded the Navy’s Certificate of Distinguished Service for his innovative solutions to corrosion problems faced by the military. He was the author of numerous papers and an early member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, besides teaching evening courses on corrosion at papers and an early member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers besides teaching evening courses on corrosion at Berkeley and making many presentations on this subject. His wife, Miriam Rutherford, whom he met while they were students at Berkeley, was a leading otolaryngologist in the Bay Area and an associate clinical professor at Stanford Medical School until her illness and death. In retirement, Wachter traveled extensively, performed as a violinist, built a sailboat and wrote poetry, in addition to being a patron of San Francisco Women Artists. He is survived by a brother, a sister, and many “adopted” relatives.

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Alan C. Nixon (Ph.D. Chem) passed away on June 23, 2002. During his career, he worked as a research chemist with Shell Development and served as president of the American Chemical Society. He received numerous professional awards. He was well known to readers of Vortex, the publication of the California section of the ACS, for which he wrote a column, “Nick Nacks.” Following retirement, he founded Calsec Consultants, a Berkeley company made up of about 70 retired chemists, chemical engineers, and other scientists that provided consulting services to the public. His presence was always enjoyed at the G. N. Lewis Era luncheons, which he attended regularly. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Louise Nixon, and is also missed by his many friends and colleagues. Photo by Dan Krauss

Elwood L. Derr (B.S. Chem) passed away on October 4, 2001 following a battle with cancer. His career of 44 years was spent at Shell Development Company in Emeryville and Houston. He returned to California in 1987 and lived in Stockton with his wife of 64 years, Florice Andrews Derr. She and their three children, David, Steven, and Trigvie, all survive him. His wife noted that, while at Cal, he boxed on Cal’s team under Wrestling Hall of Famer, Coach Ed Nemir. We received notice that James G. Foulds (Chem) has passed away. He had been an assistant chief chemist at Chevron and was living in Pacific Grove, CA.

Robert M. Hagan (Chem) passed away on July 3, 2002. After earning a Ph.D. in soil science at Berkeley, he taught in both the soils department and the ROTC department of UCB. The bulk of his career, however, was spent as a professor at UC Davis’s Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, where his donations endowed a chair in water management and policy.

In March of this year, Hobart R. Halloran (B.S. Chem) passed away, as reported by his son, Bill Halloran. He had been retired as president of Halloran Research Inc., a research and development firm, and had resided in Davis, CA. 1941 Max A. Mosesman (Ph.D. Chem) passed away on February 17, 2002 in Baytown, Texas at the age of 86. The same year he left Cal, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Solomons, Guadalcanal, and the Philippines. During his nearly 38 years as a chemist with Exxon in Texas, he registered many patents and became a manager of Exxon R&E. Throughout his life and especially after retirement in 1983, he was active as a civic leader: in his temple, the YMCA, his municipal library, and the United Way. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Henrietta; his daughter, Leta Nelson; his son, Michael Mosesman (’68 Ph.D. Chem); six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

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Robert W. Buckles (B.S. Chem) passed away on July 5, 2002 in San Francisco after a short illness. Following graduation, he served in the Pacific during World War II. Always a passionate Cal supporter who attended most home football and basketball games, he met his wife, Dorothy Reuther, at a Big Game party in 1951. They made their home in Saratoga, and he established Buckles-Smith Electric Company in San Jose, of which he was owner and president for over 35 years. Following his wife’s death in 1996, he returned to his hometown of San Francisco, where he enjoyed an active social life, in addition to traveling extensively throughout the country and the world. He is survived by his daughters, Kit and Carol; his son, Dan; and 12 grandchildren.

Richard J. Marklin (B.S. Chem) passed away on May 9, 2000 following a battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Marklin, and daughter, Joan Sutton.

Ted Goldfarb (Ph.D. Chem)
passed away on April 13, 2002. He had been a professor of chemistry at SUNY, Stony Brook. The relative who informed us of his passing wrote, “He was always proud to have been an alumnus of UCB.”

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Kaoru Kojima (Ph.D. ChemE) passed away on December 20, 2001 in Tokyo, Japan. He is survived by his wife, Setsuko Kojima.

The widow of Dean P. Scales (B.S. ChemE), Victoria Scales, wrote to let us know that he passed away April 11, 1999. While working at ICI Fiberite Composites in Orange, CA, he received his MBA at UC Irvine. In 1996, he took a position with the consulting firm of Ernst and Young, LLP. He enjoyed his work tremendously, as it provided a great challenge, a great opportunity to travel, and a great opportunity to interact with many people in a variety of work environments. At the time of his death, he was a senior manager and had been living in Oceanside, CA, with his family near the ocean he loved so much.

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