UCSD in La Jolla: Audrey Geisel

Audrey Geisel              Photo: UCSD
Audrey Geisel Photo: UCSD

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of UCSD, the Light has asked La Jollans for their thoughts on how the university has influenced or changed La Jolla. This week we hear from Audrey Geisel, wife of the late Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.

In 1960, when Roger Revelle turned the first spade of earth on the bluff of Torrey Pines trees above the Pacific Ocean to create what would become UC San Diego, I had no idea of the tremendous effect this great university would have on La Jolla, or on Ted and me.

One day, in 1995, I took Ted to look at that unusual-looking university library building, of which I was already enamored. He got out of the car and said, “You know, if I had ever strayed into architecture, I probably would have done something that looked somewhat like this.”

Today Geisel Library is not only the iconic architectural heart of this distinctive campus, it is the intellectual heart of the university, serving thousands daily. UC San Diego has achieved so many astonishing things in education, research and innovation. I know the university will continue to make an extraordinary impact on this community, and the world.



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