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Alumni Interviews

Interviews with Stanford alumni about their student days and life after Stanford.

Oral Histories

2010 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Faculty
Mechanical Engineering
Interviewer: Humburg, Judith
James L. Adams, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus, discusses his pre-Stanford life and career that formed the basis for his innovative contributions to Stanford’s undergraduate and graduate education across the...
2007 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Alumni Stories 2007
Alumni
Interviewer: Toy, Sunny
Susan Brady Alfaro, Class of 1957, shares memories of her time at Stanford as an undergraduate. Access Audio Access Transcript
2011 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Alumni Interviews
Alumni Association
Interviewer: Mitchell, David
Robert H. Piestewa Ames reminisces about his experience arriving at Stanford in 1947 from Winslow, Arizona, as the only “Indian” at Stanford University at the time. He attended the Stanford Law School after finishing his undergraduate studies. At Stanford, Ames was a member of the freshman...
2007 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Alumni Stories 2007
Alumni
Interviewer: Humburg, Judee
James T. Anderson, Class of 1957, describes his love of music and shares memories from the music department at Stanford.    Access Audio Access Transcript
1985 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Athletics, | Project: Growing Up on Campus
Alumni
Interviewer: Glover, Frederic O.
One of the earlier interviews in the society's collections is that of Thomas Angell, a Stanford alum (1915-16 AB Greek) and the son of Frank Angell (1857-1939), Stanford’s first professor of psychology and chairman of the faculty committee on athletics.  According to Stanford President Ray Lyman...
2008 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Alumni Stories 2008
Alumni
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Will
Calvert Audrain, Class of 1958, shares memories from his time at Stanford. He describes his time in the Theta Delta Chi fraternity and recalls some of the pranks students played on campus. He also shares memories of professors including Matt Kahn and Daniel Mendelowitz.  Access Transcript Access...
2010 | Project: Diversity, | Project: Alumni Interviews
Alumni
Interviewer: Bacchetti, Ray
Mary Montle Bacon was a graduate student in the late 1960s and early 1970s and had already worked as a teacher in New York City and as a labor activist. She saw her time at Stanford, then, more from the perspective of a worldly adult than as a fresh-out-of-high-school undergraduate. This...
1978 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Faculty
History
Interviewer: Glover, Frederic O.
Thomas A. Bailey shares memories of his student days at Stanford during the 1920s and his years as a faculty member in the Stanford Department of History, where he taught from 1930 to 1968. He reflects on teaching and students and offers his impresssions of Stanford presidents Donald Tresidder, J....
2008 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Alumni Stories 2008
Alumni
Interviewer: Dyen, Sarah
Delphi Alvig Ballinger, Class of 1958, shares memories from her time at Stanford and at the School of Medicine in San Francisco. She discusses many traditions of the student body.
1987 | Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Staff
Stanford Community
Interviewer: O'Donohue, Joanne
Eleanor Bark shares memories of her time at Stanford as an undergraduate student, a staff member and as a wife to a faculty member. Access Transcript Access Audio
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Claude R. Baudoin graduated from Stanford with a master’s degree in computer science in 1974. In this interview, he shares his experience growing up in France and exploring his identity as a gay man. Remembering his time at Stanford from 1973 to 1974, he mentions early attempts to support LGBT...
2008 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Alumni Stories 2008
Alumni
Interviewer: Glasser, Charlotte
Gerald Bays, Class of 1958, shares his memories of student life at Stanford, including student government, the Big Game, and graduation. He also speaks of his involvement with the Alumni Association. 
2019 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Black Alumni Stories
Alumni
Interviewer: Hartwig, Daniel
April Bell (AB Human Biology, 1995), Elizabeth Riles Clements (AB Human Biology, 1995), Ayanna Bennett (AB Human Biology, 1995), and Katina Ancar (AB History, 1995) share their experiences at Stanford as black students, including hardships and proudest moments. They describe the environments in...
2019 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Black Alumni Stories
Alumni
Interviewer: Hartwig, Daniel
In this oral history, Gregory Billings (AB Economics, 1988) talks about his experiences at Stanford, naming some of the organizations in which he participated and recalling how Michael J. Boskin’s introductory economics course inspired him to switch his major from engineering to economics. He...
2011 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Peace Corps 50th Anniversary
Alumni
Interviewer: Hoang, Anabel
During the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration at Stanford University in 2011, the Stanford Historical Society conducted interviews with fourteen Peace Corps volunteers.
2011 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Peace Corps 50th Anniversary
Alumni
Interviewer: Lerner, Pam
During the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration at Stanford University in 2011, the Stanford Historical Society conducted interviews with fourteen Peace Corps volunteers. Access Interview
1981 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Staff
Alumni
Interviewer: Bowes, Diana
Ruth Garland Bowes, Class of 1920, shares memories of her childhood in California, her years at Stanford as an undergraduate and medical student. She recalls her many years working at the Stanford Clinic, including during World War II. Access Audio  Access Transcript
2009 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Founding Grant
Alumni
Interviewer: Brooks, Vicki
Judith Lynn Bradley, Class of 1966, talks about her experiences as an undergraduate transfer student majoring in Latin American Studies. She also discusses how she's stayed connected to Stanford through the years. Access Audio  Access Transcript

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