Bob and Diana Kamilli, both geologists introducing  their children to the field in old mine workings near Tombstone, Arizona.

Robert J. Kamilli

Since Bob and Diana Kamilli were married in 1969, most of their friends, other than family, have been geologists or married to geologists.

When they joined the Harvard Club of Southern Arizona in 2013, their circle of friends expanded like the Universe in the first nanosecond after the Big Bang (give or take a couple of nanos). They greatly enjoy the monthly luncheons and the broad spectrum of talks and speakers. It is always fun to chat about substantive issues with the friendly, knowledgeable people.

They especially enjoy the book club, a subset of Harvard Club people that meets monthly to discuss books that they would not necessarily choose to read on their own.

Harvard had a profound influence on both their lives, especially since they were there for seven years - almost twice the length of time that a typical undergraduate spends in Cambridge. It is nice to be able to talk about that period of their lives without the fear of being accused of name-dropping.

Bob holds a PhD in geology from Harvard; Diana from Rutgers. Bob came to Tucson in 1989 from the U.S. Geological Survey Mission in Saudi Arabia to work at the newly created USGS office located on the University of Arizona campus. Although both are retired, Bob remains active as a scientist emeritus with the USGS and as an adjunct professor in the UA Geosciences Department.

He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Imago Dei Middle School, an independent, tuition-free school for children from economically disadvantaged families in Tucson.



Rowena Matthews

The HCSAZ is now an integral part of my cultural life in Tucson The monthly talks are stimulating and entertaining.  They have helped me learn about issues affecting Arizonans, have introduced me to people and organizations in Tucson and acquainted me with the history and traditions of the area.  And I really enjoy meeting my fellow Harvard alumni-an amazingly talented and energetic group of people.  

I majored in Biology at Radcliffe, graduating in 1960.  After receiving my PhD in Biophysics from the University of Michigan, I became a faculty member there, and am now an Emeritus Professor.  I currently serve on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Advisory Board and am a Vice-President of the American Philosophical Society.



Lawrence Matthews

Life Sciences Instiitute and Department of Biological Chemistry,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109

 “My education at Harvard College (BA 1959) and Harvard Medical School (MD 1963) prepared me for orthopedic surgery residency, two years in the army (one in Vietnam) and 40 years as faculty at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Michigan.  I thoroughly enjoyed the teaching, research, patient care and even the administrative duties.  I am now Professor Emeritus. 

I always enjoy the HCSAZ lectures, which remind me of the best lectures at the College. 


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