November 10, 2003
UCSC receives gift of 2,700 classical CDs from
late UC Berkeley professor
By Scott Rappaport
The University Library at UCSC has received a gift of 2,700 classical
CDs from the personal collection of the late Jesse C. Rabinowitz, a
distinguished emeritus professor of molecular and cell biology at UC
Berkeley, as well as an enthusiastic cellist and avid patron of the
|Music librarian Paul Machlis surrounds
himself with just a few of the 2,700 classical CDs donated to the
UCSC library by the late Berkeley professor Jesse Rabinowitz.
Photo: Scott Rappaport
"The Music Department is tremendously grateful for this bequest,
which will enhance the quality and diversity of our classroom teaching,
benefit the innovative research undertaken by members of the music faculty,
and support ongoing efforts to establish new graduate degree programs
in music at UCSC," said Music Department chairman Anatole Leikin.
When fully cataloged, the Rabinowitz collection will increase the library's
classical CD collection by almost 50 percent, raising it to a very high
standard for a university of this size. UCSC music librarian Paul Machlis
noted that Rabinowitz was a highly knowledgeable collector, buying deeply
in genres ranging from early to contemporary music, and including titles
from foreign and independent labels in addition to the major classical
"A collection of this size and quality would normally take me
many years to build, given current budgetary conditions, Machlis
said. Mr. Rabinowitz's bequest will allow me to focus precious
funds for compact discs on other sorely needed areas of music."
Rabinowitz was first introduced to the UCSC library by his longtime
friend, Edward Penhoet, former dean of the UC Berkeley School of Public
Health, cofounder of Chiron Corporation, and now director for science
and higher education programs at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
He was a true devotee of culture, Penhoet said of Rabinowitz
in a recent UC Berkeley publication. Science, art, music, literatureall
interested him. Without a doubt, he was the most complete example of
a Renaissance man Ive ever known.
A talented photographer, Rabinowitz also left his extensive and wide-ranging
collection of color slides to Special Collections at UCSC. The library
is planning to make portions of this archive available online. Rabinowitz
often exhibited his photographs at galleries in the San Francisco Bay
Area and won the Grand Prize in Color award of Saturday Review
magazines 1969 World Travel Photography Contest.
These photographs are from Jesse Rabinowitz's world travels,
noted Christine Bunting, UCSCs head of Special Collections and
Archives. His work is deeply humanistic in content, capturing
intimate scenes of everyday life and the faces of many cultures. We're
extremely pleased to have his work represented in Special Collections'
photographic collections, Bunting added.
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