SPECIAL FRIENDS

by Deanna Dechaine

Jean Elizabeth Mosher Pitzer, widow of Professor Kenneth S. Pitzer (Chem Ph.D. 1937), died in April 2000 of natural causes in her Berkeley home. She was born September 2, 1914, in Pomona, CA and graduated from Pomona High School and Pomona College. In 1935 she married her childhood sweetheart, Kenneth S. Pitzer (1914-1997), and they moved to Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. in chemistry and joined the faculty. They resided in Berkeley ever since then, aside from stays in Washington, DC (1943-44 and 1948-51) and as university president and first lady (Rice University 1961-69, Stanford 1969-71).
She had a lifelong interest in archaeology, particularly with respect to paleolithic peoples and tool technology. She published a number of papers on burins in archeological journals.
She is survived by three children, Ann E. Pitzer (Fred Bromley) of La Jolla, CA, Russell M. Pitzer (Martha) of Columbus, OH, and John S. Pitzer (Claire) of McLean, VA, and by five grandchildren, Susan M., Kenneth R. (Kimberly), David S. (Mary Lynn), Gregory E., and Matthew R. Pitzer.

David Ridgway, Executive Director of Chemical Education Material Study (CHEM Study), Lawrence Hall of Science, passed away March 2, 2000. He also served as a member of The Mechanical Universe's national advisory committee.


Curt Bowers passed away on January 16, 2001. Curt was the manager of the Chemistry Instructional Labs and served as the College Staff Om-budsperson. He was employed with the College of Chemistry for well over 40 years before retiring in 1991. He is survived by three daughters, grandchildren, and family.