Obituaries: Cipolla, Field, Hopkin


Carlo Cipolla

Professor EmeritusCarlo Cipolla, a faculty member of the College of Letters & Science's economics department and a prolific author on economic history, died September 5 in Pavia, Italy, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 78.

Cipolla began teaching at Berkeley in 1959 and also taught at Italian universities.

"Cipolla was a leading economic historian of his generation," said Vice Provost Jan de Vries, the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History and Economics at Berkeley and Cipolla's colleague for many years.

"Trained in Europe after World War II, he was very much a scholar of the 'old school'..." said de Vries. "...Carlo's scholarly output was enormous in volume, and much of it was pathbreaking."

For more than 30 years, Cipolla and his wife commuted between Berkeley and in Pavia, Italy, where he was born. Cipolla retired in 1991 from Berkeley.

He inspired many students to explore the subjects of economic and monetary history, as well as the history of medicine and public health. The author of more than 20 books on medieval and early modern Italy economic and social history, he also wrote a humorous treatise, "The Basic Laws of Stupidity," which was a national bestseller in Italy and was produced as a play in France.

"He was a humanist as well as an historian and an extremely good researcher," said Charles Muscatine, professor emeritus of English and one of Cipolla's longtime friends. "He was an absolutely charming, generous, humorous, interesting person and a marvelous guide to the sites and sounds of Italy."

Cipolla was a member of the numerous learned societies and was awarded the Premio della Presidente della Republica in Italy, and the Premio Balzan, as well as honorary degrees in Italy and Zurich, Switzerland.

Cipolla is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ora Cipolla, of Rossmoor, Calif., and Pavia, Italy; his stepdaughters, Tanya Gregory of Florence, Italy, and Alexa Gregory of Lafayette, Calif.; two grandchildren; and a brother, Manlio, of Milan, Italy.

Services were held September 8 in Italy. His family said that a memorial service will be held in California in November.

Dorothy Field

A former research associate at Berkeley's Institute of Human Development and director of the Berkeley Older Generation Study, Dorothy Field died of pneumonia at Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, August 27. She was 74.

Field was known for her contributions to gerontology, particularly for her studies of the social and familial bonds in early life that contribute most to well-being in old age. The Berkeley Older Generation Study, begun in 1928 at Berkeley's Institute of Human Development, is part of one of the world's longest longitudinal studies of adult development. Field became director in 1980 and gained recognition for her series of published papers on that development.

She was educated at Smith College and Berkeley. She completed her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of London in 1975 and served as research associate in Berkeley's Institute of Human Development for many years. Most recently, she had worked at Berkeley's Public Health Institute and the university's Institute for Personality and Social Research.

Field is survived by her four children: Graham Moody III of Loleta, Calif.; Stuart Moody of San Rafael, Calif.; Kate Moody of Kula, Hawaii; and Carlin Mills of Bloomington, Ind.; and by her companion of many years, Ivan King of Berkeley. A memorial service was held at All Souls Church in Berkeley. Donations may be made to Save the Redwoods League, 114 Sansome Street, San Francisco, Calif., 94104-3823.

Arthur Hopkin

Arthur M. "Mac" Hopkin, electrical engineering and computer sciences professor emeritus, died August 25 in Jenner, Calif. He was 81.

An expert in the field of nonlinear control systems, Hopkin was an active member of the administration in the College of Engineering throughout his 46-year career at Berkeley.

Hopkin joined the faculty in 1954, and served as both vice chairman and acting chairman of the department for several periods from 1972 to 1975. From 1973 to 1980, Hopkin was an associate dean of the college, and also served as acting dean for the 1977-78 academic year.

As associate dean, Hopkin oversaw the Office of Undergraduate Affairs and the Engineering Cooperative Work-Study Program (now named the Engineering Cooperative Education Program). He was instrumental in restructuring the program during the 1970s when funding had dropped considerably. In two years, his initiatives helped double the number of students hired each year.

He served as an officer in the Navy, specializing in the development of radar. Before coming to Berkeley, Hopkin was an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Northwestern University, where he received an M.S. and Ph.D. in 1947 and 1950, respectively.

An avid woodworker and world traveler in his later years, Hopkin also remained active in the university. He served as ombudsman from 1986 to 1989, and participated in various college and university committees, including the Financial Aid Advisory Committee and the Asian Students Advisory Committee.

Hopkin was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1973 for his "contributions to nonlinear control systems and engineering contributions."

Hopkin is survived by his wife of 35 years, seven children, 10 grandchildren, one sister, and several nieces and nephews. The family has created a scholarship in his name.

Memorial donations may be sent to: EECS Department, Attn: Christos Papadimitriou, 231 Cory Hall, Berkeley, 94720-1770. Checks should be made payable to UC Regents, with a notation on the check designating the donation for the Hopkin Scholarship Fund.



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