Obituaries: Hill, Love, & Lipson

23 August 00

W. James Hill

W. James Hill, one of the first assistant deans at the School of Law, died Aug. 14, following complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 82.

Hill, of Oakland, was the second person to serve as assistant dean at Boalt Hall and did so from 1964 to 1988, under four law school deans. During those years, there were no associate deans, just the dean and one assistant dean.

"He was responsible for admissions, alumni relations, fund raising and placement. He did it all," said Professor Jesse Choper, dean while Hill was at Boalt. "He was a great favorite of the students. Everyone loved him."

Hill, a native of Minneapolis, was born in 1918, and named William James Hill, though friends and colleagues knew him as Jim Hill. He received his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his law degree from Boalt Hall in 1961.

During World War II, Hill served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

In the early 1960s, he served as chief counsel at the California State Banking Department in San Francisco and as assistant general counsel at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

He returned to Boalt Hall in 1964.

Hill is survived by his wife, Aurora, of Oakland; five children - Christopher Hill, of Oakland; Kate Hill, of Palo Alto; Timothy Hill, of Los Angeles; Jonathan Hill, of San Francisco; and Mary Hill-Melero, of Oakland - and four grandchildren.

Services will be private. A memorial will be scheduled at Berkeley for the fall.

Relatives ask that donations in his memory be sent to the Boalt Hall Fund. Checks should be made out to "UC Regents" with a note "in memory of Dean Hill" on the check or on an accompanying note. Mail to: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Boalt Hall Fund, 308 Boalt Hall, Berkeley, Calif., 94720-7200.

Richard Love

Rick Love, operations manager of the Education-Psychology Library, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Newport Beach, at the home of his sister, Cathy, who cared for him during the final stages of melanoma.

Born in 1946, Love began his UC library career in 1970 at UCLA, as law library stack supervisor, after receiving his psychology there. In 1973, he moved to the Bay Area and worked for seven years at UCSF's interlibrary loan unit and in monographic processing.

Love came to Berkeley in 1980, working first in serials check-in, then in the newspaper microcopy collection. He joined the Engineering Library in 1983 as circulation assistant and later became the circulation supervisor. In 1997, Love transferred to the Education-Psychology Library to become operations manager, serving until April of this year, when he took medical leave.

"He had remarkable skill and maturity in dealing with library users, and an admirable ability to remain perfectly calm and helpful with distraught patrons," says Barbara Glendenning, head of the Education-Psychology Library.

An avid reader, creative cook, and long-time friend to people from all parts of the world, Love traveled extensively in India, Sweden, Italy and other European countries.

Coworker Ann Jensen, who worked with Love at the Engineering Library for eight years, recalls the enthusiasm and humanity Love brought to his job, and his positive affect on countless students, both as library users and as student library employees.

Love is survived by two sisters, Cathy Wyatt of Newport Beach, and Debbie Ward of Costa Mesa, and a brother, Thomas Love of Palos Verdes.

Contributions may be made to the AIDS food program where Love volunteered, Project Open Hand, Attn: Karen Boehnke, 730 Polk St., San Francisco, Calif., 94109.

Leslie Lipson

Emeritus Professor Leslie Lipson, an expert in political theory and comparative government who had a deep concern for societal ethics, died Aug. 11, of prostate cancer.

Lipson, who lived in Berkeley, was 87.

"Leslie Lipson was an important presence in the UC Berkeley Department of Political Science for more than three decades," said George Breslauer, dean of social science and a political science professor. "He wrote books on West European politics as well as political theory - books that reflected his commitment to combining in-depth empirical research with a concern for the great normative issues that face us in contemporary society. He was truly a scholar, a gentleman and a devoted and highly effective undergraduate teacher."

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Lipson was born in 1912 in London and educated at Oxford University, where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago.

Lipson joined the political science department in 1950 and retired in 1984. Twice during that time, undergraduate students voted him best teacher in the department. He was credited with fostering stronger faculty-student ties while he served as chairman of the department's undergraduate program from 1977 to 1980.

Throughout his career, Lipson received numerous honors and awards, including the Berkeley Citation.

Lipson is survived by his wife, Helen Fruchtman Lipson, of Berkeley; his son, David Lipson, of Mill Valley; and a granddaughter.

A memorial will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept.10, at the Faculty Club. The Leslie Lipson Scholarship for the Study of Humanistic Values and Social Policy, is being established in his honor.

Donations may be made to The Leslie Lipson Scholarship Fund, c/o Law Offices of David R. Lipson, One Maritime Plaza, Suite 400, San Francisco, Calif., 94111.



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