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Chancellor Aldrich and Joyce Nash, who lived at the Bonita camp before the campus was built August 16, 2010

Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus.

Note: We occasionally make an error in our analysis of a historical photograph. Yes, it’s rare, but it does happen! The original story we posted identified the young woman in this picture as Joan Irvine Smith. The original image was from a slide in our archives, and the slide frame included a hand written note which read “Chancellor Aldrich and Joan Irvine Smith. February 14, 1964.” Our original story was posted on August 16, 2010. The blog post stayed as it was for almost four years, without any feedback indicating that an error had been made. In 2014, two things happened that help clarify who really was in this photograph: 1) we gave a copy of the photograph to Joan Irvine Smith, to which she responded: “That’s not me. I have no idea who that is, but it’s not me.” How embarrassing was that! Then on September 27, 2014, we received the following comment on our blog: “The lady in the picture is my mother Joyce Nash. The horse is our horse Ginger and the dog was our German Shepard Lady. Mom was not an Irvine sister. We lived on the ranch and when the college was built we had to move. We lived in the house at Bonita camp.” Our mystery was finally solved! Although we remain very grateful for our anonymous respondent, we would very much like to talk to Joyce Nash’s daughter about life at Bonita camp. This piece of UCI history would be very interesting to know more about. Please contact us at spcoll@uci.edu and thanks again for helping us solve this mystery. So, below is the story stated accurately.


A photograph of Chancellor Aldrich and Joyce Nash, her horse Ginger and her German Shepard Lady. Joyce Nash lived with her family in the house at Bonita Camp, the only structure on the campus property at that time. The photograph was taken on February 15, 1964 on the land where construction would soon start on the new UCI campus.

AS-061.  University Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Eugene Loring August 9, 2010

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Eugene Loring (1914-1982), was the founding Chair of the UCI Dance Department (1965-1978). He studied with George Ballanchine and Pierre Vladimiroff at the new School of American Ballet in New York in 1935. In his early career he was in touring dance companies such as the Ballet Caravan and Ballet Theatre, and was director of the Dance Players. In Loring’s very diverse career in dance, he is best known for two important contributions: his choreographic abilities as a leading developer of an American style of dance and his pedagogical skills (the latter first surfaced through his association with the American School of Dance and continued through his brilliant work at UCI). His own best known work was Billy the Kid (1938), and he also worked in film and television.  Below are photographs of Loring teaching dance and rehearsing the Dance Players in Idyllwild, CA during the summer of 1956. [Photographer unknown.]

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MS-P002.  Eugene Loring Papers. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.


All-University Alumni Picnic August 4, 2010

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The All-University Alumni Picnic was held at UCI on June 5, 1966. A favorite pastime at early campus gatherings was the sack race, and this picnic included many sack races. If you look closely at the photo below you will see Jean Aldrich, the wife of Chancellor Dan Aldrich (just to the right of center, in red), making a gallant effort to try and win this race!

AS-061.  University Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

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