We wish farewell to our friend and supporter Heinz Ellersiek, who passed away recently at age 98. A Caltech history professor, emeritus, in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences for 38 years, Heinz often visited AHS archives to share his love of history, people and views on current Altadena events and preservation.
Heinz periodically donated precious documents, photos and ephemera to an already extensive collection given to us by his wife, Astrid, who passed away in 2002.
In 2004 Caltech recorded and archived an oral history wherein Heinz discussed his childhood, education, and military intelligence training. He also commented on his professional experiences during the years of the cold war, as well as his continuing involvement in Pasadena and Altadena preservationists issues.