Three Physics Staff Members Retire

Monday, August 14, 2017


Mary Minch

After receiving a BFA in Painting and a BS in Developmental Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, Mary relocated to Chicago for graduate studies in painting, receiving her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  In 2007, twenty-five years later, she and her husband relocated to Davis, CA where she worked at UC Davis as an Academic Personnel Analyst in the College of Biological Sciences. In 2012, they again relocated, this time to San Francisco.  Mary joined the staff at UC Berkeley as an Academic Personnel Analyst, working first in the Astronomy Department, then joining Physics in 2014.  She plans to focus on her art-making full time while continuing to enjoy the many natural beauties of NorCal. Her years of working with scientists have cultivated a deep appreciation for their passion and energy. 


Anne Takizawa

According to a past recollection of Professor Howard Shugart (Vice-Chair of our Department for many years, Berkeley Physics PhD 1957) Anne started to work in the Physics Department when former US House of Representatives member Vern Ehlers (Berkeley Physics PhD 1960) was a graduate student!  Sadly, this is not true, but in her time here she has seen many in the Department go on to have similarly distinguished careers.  Her real start year at Berkeley was 1981 in the Registrar’s Office, and she joined Physics Student Services in 1984.  Anne has had a rewarding 33 years in Physics!  

Anne thinks that Physics graduate students are the best, and so is our #1 Department!  She has enjoyed her time working with all 1,485 of students and looks forward to hearing about their successes and adventures. She plans to spend much of her retirement days outdoors in the Sierra Nevada.  Activities include long hikes with her dogs and the search for Bigfoot.  


Eleanor Crump

Eleanor Crump (pictured above) will be leaving after a remarkable 53 years on campus, 17 of which has been in Physics as Facilities and Operations Manager. Prior to her legacy building career in Physics, she spent time working with the BioScience Division on campus. Eleanor received the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award (COSA), one of the highest honors bestowed upon staff by the Chancellor, on November 8, 2006. Eleanor has overseen many projects over the years, most notably the renovation of Old Le Conte Hall, the construction of the new Campbell Hall building, and the bridge connecting Campbell to Old LeConte. She feels that her job is “is the best job in the best department on campus”. She leaves some very big shoes to fill, and we are relieved that she will stick around to help us out now and then.


If you'd like to make a donation in honor of any of these staff, you may do so by giving to the Friends of Physics Fund.

Morgan Tougas