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Caltech and Associates Mark 60th Year

September 21, 1986|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

The Associates have been true to Caltech. Caltech has been true to the Associates. Both have kept their pledges of 60 years ago when a group of men, surrounded by the Huntington's superb collection of English paintings, vowed to "aid and advance the welfare" of Caltech, and the institute, in turn, vowed to serve as an intellectual and cultural center for the Associates--a place where they might gather for private meetings with distinguished scientists and international leaders, and keep up on world and scientific affairs.

It's worked out well. The Associates now boast 1,081 members. Just last year alone, the Associates contributed $1,743,717 in unrestricted funds to Caltech, its President's Circle contributed $3,694,315. Doesn't that total $5,438,032?

So, now it's time to celebrate. Bring on the Art Deco Band (for 1920s tripping the light fantastic). Rig the canopy on the Athenaeum lawn. Polish the silver in the Italian Renaissance-style Athenaeum (the faculty club) dining room. Think platinum, the rare metal used to mark 60th anniversaries. The date: Oct. 9.

Erich Block, director of the National Science Foundation, will talk on "Science and Engineering in a Competitive Age" for this thoughtful group.

Six widows of founding members (there were 100 amassed by Nobel laureate Robert A. Millikan, chairman of the Caltech Executive Council, and they were selected as "100 of the most influential people of Southern California"; Henry M. Robinson presided over the first meeting) will be honored, as well as 42 children and 58 grandchildren who live in the Southern California area.

Widows at the anniversary will be Mrs. John E. Barber, Mrs. Russell H. Ballard (widow of the first president), Mrs. Harry J. Bauer, Mrs. Lawrence B. Brooks, Mrs. R. H. Moulton and Mrs. Reese H. Taylor.

Caltech trustees or wives of trustees, who are descendants of founders and will be honored, include John Gilbert Braun, son of C F Braun; honorary life trustee Mrs. Norman Chandler, widow of Norman Chandler whose father was Associates founder Harry Chandler; Mrs. F. Daniel Frost, granddaughter of Harry Chandler; Mrs. Stephen Onderdonk, wife of trustee Stephen Onderdonk and granddaughter of Fred S. Albertson; Mrs. Francis Pesenti, granddaughter of Mr. Braun, and Mrs. Richard R. Von Hagen, wife of trustee Richard R. Von Hagen and daughter of R. B. Lloyd.

Ol' Blue Eyes is back for the third time to spark the Crystal Ball on Oct. 23 at the Beverly Hilton. Frank Sinatra will host the affair. And there's a goal of $1 million for the star-studded soiree, set by St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica to benefit the new St. John's Cancer Center.

Peggy Lee, comedian Tom Dreeson, Irv Cottler and his orchestra, and Murray Korda and his Monseigneur Strings have agreed to perform, which is making gala hostess Dolly Green very cheerful. Also, Nancy Reagan, Los Angeles' most sought-after honorary chairman, will take that title again.

Powerhouse chairmen planning the event are Mrs. Robert H. Adams Jr., Mrs. Earle M. Jorgensen, Mrs. Virginia S. Milner, Mrs. Frank Sinatra, Mrs. William Wilson, Mrs. Jack Wrather. Vice chairmen will be Mrs. Corwin D. Denney, Mrs. William H. Doheny, Mrs. Henry E. Singleton, Mrs. Norman Sprague, Mrs. Charles B. Thornton and Mrs. Rodney F. Williams.

To emphasize how exclusive this is: Tickets are $2,500 per person.

The pink flamingos were wonderfully groomed, the waterfalls were gentle, the woolly monkeys were curious about the onlookers. In general, the animals were looking at the people for the wondrous Beastly Ball Ginny Milner so carefully executed for nearly 550 the other evening at the Los Angeles Zoo.

It was a multi-highlight evening. Perrier and wine, with walks past the rare Golden Monkeys, Jing Jing and Mei Mei, here from China due to the generosity of Dr. Armand Hammer and the Occidental Petroleum Co. Trustee Camron Cooper (she donated $10,000 for the upkeep of a clouded leopard in the auction), Dan Woolley, Nancy and Bill Burrows and Bob and Ann Wycoff were fascinated. So were Marion and Earle Jorgensen. A few opted for an elephant ride. All passed the cages where assorted zoo rarities were on exhibit for viewing to swell the adoption bids later in the evening. Here, Jimmy and Gloria Stewart were holding animal court.

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