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UCLA Memorial- March 4th at 4pm and Thank You

Dear friends,

We would like to thank you for all of your support and to let you know about a memorial service at UCLA for our mother and wife (information below).

We were extremely touched by the donations to Ladies’ Turn in honor of our mom.  Together, you donated over $7,500 to Ladies’ Turn.  We know you gave so generously because you loved, respected, and will miss our mom. We miss her everyday. But we would not have made it through this time without the outpouring of support we have received and continue to receive, in which the donations to Ladies’ Turn are just a symbol. So thank you for the donations and most of all, thank you for the caring and love that they represent and that we have felt all along these past 8 months.   

For the UCLA Memorial Service on March 4, 2014 from 4-5:30pm, see information at the end of this entry. If you think you can come, please RSVP to by Friday, Feb. 21, so that UCLA can plan appropriately.  In honor of our mom, there will also be a lecture the following day on Wednesday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in 279 Haines Hall that our mom had started to plan: “The Costs of Inequality” to be presented by Annette Lareau.   

We also wanted to share her American Sociological Association (ASA) obituary and some very touching tributes from her former students and colleagues.

We know everyone is thinking about us.  We are doing ok.  Josh is in Santa Monica; James is in Washington, DC; and our Dad is traveling between the two.  Although recently for some reason, Dad seems to have been spending more time in Santa Monica.  I moved to Addis Ababa in mid-January, but as far as I have been told, the weather is still fabulous in southern California.  The weather on the East Coast has apparently been less than fabulous.  As for me in Ethiopia, I think my mom has been watching out for me, ensuring that my transition has been smoother than I could have ever imagined, and most importantly, that I have quickly made a few good friends.  Including my Japanese colleague, who when learning why I was a bit sad typing this today told me her father had passed away suddenly from pancreatic cancer too. Then she handed me one of her special Japanese handkerchiefs to dry my tears.  

So thank you again for everything you have done for us.  We do feel loved and supported and best of all, closer to you all.


Jen, James, Josh, and Mark

Celebration of Suzanne Bianchi’s Life, March 4 at 4pm

Dear Colleagues and Friends of Suzanne Bianchi,

We invite you to celebrate the life of Suzanne Bianchi on Tuesday, March 4, 4-5:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.  We will gather at the California Center for Population Research (CCPR), 4240 Public Affairs Building on the UCLA campus. Hosts are the Department of Sociology, the Dean of Social Sciences, and CCPR.  Please RSVP to by Friday, Feb. 21, so that we can plan appropriately.

Suzanne Bianchi was UCLA’s first Dorothy Meier Chair in Social Equities.  Suzanne had begun planning the first Dorothy Meier Lecture in spring 2013.  We invite you to join us for “The Costs of Inequality” to be presented by Annette Lareau, Stanley I. Sheerr Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.  The lecture will be the day after the service on Wednesday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in 279 Haines Hall.

Directions to UCLA and an interactive campus map are at this link:

We hope you can join us to honor Suzanne’s memory and celebrate her life.

Best wishes,

Judith Seltzer

Director, California Center for Population Research and

Professor, Dept. of Sociology, UCLA