Embrace the quirk
It’s nice to see a photograph of Alan Chadwick [“Big ideas,” page 12, fall 2015]. The description of him as a “quirky master gardener,” who “by 1981 … had left” leaves out far too much.
UC Santa Cruz prided itself on not being mainstream while Mr. Chadwick was there. While he may have epitomized aspects of the school’s visionary character, he was no more quirky than Jasper Rose, Mary Holmes, or Ralph Abraham, to name just a few of the great, truly mind-stretching teachers who made Santa Cruz special back then.
I suggest you devote an entire issue to the quirky ones—and don’t leave out the controversies that sometimes surrounded them.
–David Hingston (Stevenson ’73, history)
The fall 2015 issue of UC Santa Cruz Review is filled with interesting articles about the campus. However, I found a serious error in the story on page 45 about Alfred Hahn and the Hahn Student Services building [Philanthropy Focus, “Names of Fame,” page 42].
The fire in 1971 did not burn the building to the ground. There was serious and extensive fire damage to the second floor and roof, but the structure remained intact, due to the concrete outer structure. I worked in the building at that time and was in the Registrar’s Office on the first floor. I well remember that morning. By mid-morning of that day, I was inside the office evaluating damage and clean-up options. There was extensive smoke, water, and fire retardant damage to most of the offices on the first floor. Due to the damage, the building was evacuated and all the offices were relocated across the campus. Many offices moved into the newly completed Family Student Housing apartments. The Registrar’s Office relocated to the fourth floor of McHenry Library. Following the extensive repairs to the Central Services building, all the offices returned to the building some months later.
–Nancy Pascal, UC Santa Cruz Office of the Registrar 1966–98; UC Santa Cruz Retirees Association, 1999–present
I’ve just read through the fall 2015 Review. What an interesting and enlightening edition!
In the “Names of Fame” article [Philanthropy Focus, page 42], the section about the Hahn family mentions that the Hahn bequest created the Leadership Opportunity Award for local community college students. The Hahn bequest did fund scholarships for local students, but this award actually was founded by Chancellor Karl Pister in the early 1990s, and later was named after him, the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award (financialaid.ucsc.edu/types-of-aid/scholarships/pister.html).
I served as the Admissions liaison for the program until I retired in 2011 and just wanted to be sure that Chancellor Pister receives the credit he deserves for this remarkable program for local-area community college transfer students.
Editor’s note: This is correct. Karl Pister did establish the Leadership Opportunity Program, and it was later named after him. We apologize for these errors and have made changes to the online version of the story.