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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Early UC Santa Barbara Alumnus and Longtime Trustee Recalls 1940’s Campus Life

The knowledge box on the hill. So goes Harvey Schechter’s favored idiom for his alma mater, an apt description adopted from a co-worker during his bellhop days at the former Carrillo Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara.


It was the early 1940’s, and what would soon become UC Santa Barbara was still a 14-acre Riviera campus called Santa Barbara State College. First enrolling in 1942, Schechter earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1947 — one of 122 graduates that spring — just three years after the school was incorporated into the University of California system.

Fast forward 56 years and Schechter, 89, remains actively involved. He is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association (and former member of its board of directors), and, since 1996, a trustee of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation. As a pledge of their mutual belief in and devotion to the university, Schechter and his wife of 57 years, Hope, included the campus in their estate plans: 80 percent of their money will be left to UCSB, earmarked for underprivileged students.

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