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Stanford Report, April 5, 2000

Cardinal Chronicle

AS FOUNDERS' DAY APPROACHES, HUGH HAMILTON, a software developer for ITSS, gets into recollection mode about a chance find involving Stanford's founding matriarch. During his undergraduate days here in the early 1960s, when he let his fingers do the walking in a 1903 San Francisco telephone directory he had just acquired, he came across Jane Lathrop Stanford's home telephone number. The entry, which lists her as Mrs. Leland Stanford, includes the California and Powell address of the family home that burned down in the 1906 earthquake. Hamilton was surprised that someone of her stature, whose specter loomed large in university lore during his student days here, didn't have an unlisted telephone number. Hamilton paid $5 for the directory (along with a 1909 edition). He's dusted it off to revisit and show around as the university's annual rite, scheduled for April 9, nears. Mulling over telephone directories is a pet pastime for Hamilton, who has been collecting them from all over the world since he was a teenager. He has his heart set on landing some current Cuban directories "without incurring the wrath of Janet Reno and the embargo folks."

PIERRE DUMAINE, FOUNDING BISHOP EMERITUS OF THE Diocese of San José, says wags of his acquaintance are congratulating him on becoming a cardinal -- as in Stanford Cardinal. During Spring Quarter, DuMaine is teaching Religious Studies 189: Vatican II and Beyond: Community and Change in the Catholic Church. The former chief shepherd for the 400,000 Catholics in Santa Clara County has been "doing the Catholic thing" -- introducing Latin phrases and quoting world-renowned sages such as Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra ("When you come to a fork in the road, take it"). His soft-spoken delivery is accompanied by swift hand gestures. The plain signet ring on his right hand that symbolizes his marriage to the church catches glints of sunlight through the upstairs window of his classroom, located next to Memorial Church. He's warned the more than 30 students in attendance that he tends to "overanswer" questions -- and to please flag him and interrupt anytime, since "I don't use periods or semicolons." In recent years DuMaine, who in the 1970s was superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, hasn't been doing much conventional teaching. Installed as first bishop of San José in 1981, he's fond of saying libraries haven't been his primary hideout for the past two decades. "I've spent more time in the laboratory."