Above: The founders of Cowell College, taken in
UCSC's first year 1965-66.
Front row, l-r: Jack Michaelsen, Richard
Randolph, George Benigsen, Bernard Haley, Manfred Shaffer, Harry
Berger, Neal Oxenhandler, Mary Holmes, John Pierce, and Jasper Rose;
Second row, l-r: Thomas Volger, Robert Werlin,
William Hitchcock, George Amis, Todd Newberry, Raymond Nichols,
Bruce Larkin, Ronald Ruby, Michael Brailove, Gudrun Kamm, Paulette
Fridling, Bert Kaplan, and Bhuwan Joshi;
Third row, l-r: Marshall Sylvan, Ronald Larsen,
Carl Morris, John Dizikes, Leonard Kunin, Roger Keesing, Herman
Ammon, Charles Daniel, and William Doyle;
Last row, l-r: Richard Mather, Karl Lamb, Glenn
Willson, Betsy Avery, Provost Page Smith, Maurice Natanson,
Siegfried Puknat, Elizabeth Puknat, and Gabriel Berns.
Above: Close-up pictures from the group photo.
Bert Kaplan had become good friends with Jasper at Rice University,
and Bert persuaded Jasper to come to brand new UC Santa Cruz with
him. Jasper joined the pioneer Cowell College Faculty in 1965.
Jasper would become the second Provost of Cowell College (after Page
Smith). Fellow artist and art historian Mary Holmes quickly
became a good friend of Jasper's at UCSC.
Above: Jasper lecturing in his academic attire
From the main biography page of this site:
Herman Blake on Jasper Rose...
Herman Blake said Jasper would have "…All the
students—they would learn The Messiah. And he'd be coming out of the
dining room at Cowell practicing. (howling) He's got this
thing in his hand [presumably resembling a conductor's baton], the
[sheets of] music, and he's practicing, singing to himself."
Herman went on to say: "Jasper Rose, who was crazy in the most
beautiful way. We'd have a faculty dinner and Jasper was always
serious about these faculty dinners. Get ready for faculty dinner.
You'd be in your office at eight o'clock in the morning on the day
that the faculty dinner was going to be at seven o'clock. Jasper would
go around and visit everybody and say "Hello," [in a British accent]
and greet you, and have a greeting about something or other. He'd have
a miniature, miniature rose in his lapel. An hour later here Jasper
would come saying "Hello," and greeting you, and he'd have a little
bit larger flower. An hour later here comes Jasper again, with a
little bit larger flower. By the end of the day he'd have this huge
dahlia on his lapel, pulling his coat down. And you never said a word
about the flower. You'd have this conversation about some concept or
idea. You can't take yourself seriously in that setting, but at the
same time you got to take ideas seriously in that setting, but
seriously in a human and a humane way. "
Herman continues: "So we'd have the faculty dinner, and Jasper, with
his big dahlia, would sing German lieder (songs). He'd sing German lieder.
And he'd go find a secretary from the office to accompany him on the
piano. He'd always find a secretary who hadn't played the piano in
forty years, who was leaning over this music, tinkling at this stuff,
and Jasper would just sing German lieder (howling/singing). He's just
going on. He'd finish and we'd clap real hard. And somebody would say,
'Don't clap too hard or he'll do another one.' So we started clapping
real silently and Jasper would look at us over his glasses and say,
"There's more." And you'd have more."
Above Left: J. (John)
Herman Blake in 1966, was the first African American faculty member at the
University of California, Santa Cruz. During his eighteen years at UCSC, he also became the first Provost of Oakes College. He later
served as the President of Tougaloo College in Mississippi, held
positions at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, served as Vice
Chancellor at Indiana University, as Director of African American
Studies at Iowa State University, and as Humanities Scholar in
Residence at the Medical University of South Carolina. Above
Right: Cesare Lombardi "Joe" Barber in the mid-1970s was very well known for his
book entitled Shakespeare's Festive Comedy.
Above Left: Maurice Natanson
was a founding faculty member of Cowell College. He left UCSC in
1976 to join the Philosophy Department at Yale University. He
retired from Yale in 1995. Above Right: Hermia Kaplan in
1964, was a practicing attorney and married to Psychology Department
Professor Bert Kaplan. The Rose and Kaplan families met at Rice
University in Texas. Bert was the Psychology Department Chair at Rice. Jasper was
teaching Art History and Painting at Rice.
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