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Suzanne Marriott

Suzanne Marriott recently published her memoir, Watching for Dragonflies: A Caregiver’s Transformative Journey, the inspirational story of her spiritual and psychological growth over the ten years she cared for her husband who suffered from multiple sclerosis. 

Class of 1953

Class of 1953 classmates are invited to sign up for the virtual lectures schedule for this fall: June 9 and August 21st, both at 1-2 pm. Lectures will highlights on the state of Cal today.  Information will be included about the Golden Bear Luncheon during Homecoming October 6th 11:30 am for classes celebrating 50th reunions and beyond – that […]

John Lawrence Graham

Go Bears! After receiving his PhD in Business (minor in Anthropology) John Lawrence Graham has spent the last four decades in research, teaching and writing about peace in a variety of contexts — within families, neighborhoods, international commerce, and foreign relations. Graham has published nine nonfiction books on those topics.  Continuing this endeavor — teaching peace — he […]

Patrick Slavin

Patrick Slavin has accepted a letter of appointment as the Communications Lead at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Previously he worked for the United Nations for 25 years, serving in Pakistan, Jerusalem, Haiti, New York, and across Africa. 

Lisa Goddard

After graduating from Cal in 1999, Lisa Goddard settled in Los Angeles where she began her career as a film studio marketing exec, while she simultaneously cultivated her keen interest in all things food-related by honing her cooking skills entertaining friends and family, relishing any chance to dine out on an expense account, and documenting her favorite spots […]

Margie Cullen

A Writer of Books Housed in Libraries

By Aleta George

Dorothy Lazard’s first library—the one that cracked open her world and made her love libraries—was the Western Addition Branch in San Francisco.

John Mather and the James Webb Space Telescope (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)

The Unflappable John Mather

By Susan Karlin

Two months before NASA unveiled the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope to the world last summer, some 50 astronomers and engineers anxiously gathered in the mission’s control room at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore for the moment of truth.

(Jack Krusemark)

Scaling the Climate Crisis

By Margie Cullen

Molly Kawahata lives in Bozeman, Montana, so that she can climb frozen waterfalls in the frigid Rocky Mountain winters.

Special Edition of “What to Read, Watch, and Listen To”

By the editors of California magazine

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Courtesy of the Law family

“I was afraid we’d be isolated.”

By Martin Snapp

The official motto of the Pi Lamda Phi fraternity (Pilam, for short) is “Not Four Years But A Lifetime,” and they aren’t kidding. That’s what David Law ’04 discovered four years ago when his wife Veena gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Violet.

Michele Wong McSween

Michele Wong McSween, author of the first Mandarin words board book series Gordon & Li Li, has released her latest title, Gordon & Li Li: Colors in Mandarin. Loveable panda cousins, Gordon & Li Li are learning a rainbow of yummy colors in their newest book, Gordon & Li Li: Colors in Mandarin. Children, caregivers […]

Shelley Wong

Shelley Wong‘s debut poetry collection As She Appears (YesYes Books) was longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award and is a finalist for the 2023 Lambda Literary Award.