From Teddy Bears to Nuclear Science

Dr. Richard Glogau and Ann Getty

For over 20 years Ann and Gordon Getty have hosted some of the most notable figures in the arts, politics, science and philanthropy at their beautiful Pacific Heights home. They’ve had Hollywood actors, European royalty, Nobel laureates, and just last year, Barack Obama. But just as important as the A-List events that they take part in are the smaller philanthropic and intellectual activities they support in the home.

In just the past month they’ve opened their doors for the two events documented below by photographer Drew Altizer. One involves teddy bears, and the other is concerned with nuclear bombs. If that doesn’t give you a sense of the wide range of issues concerning Mr. and Mrs. Getty we don’t know what will!

Gordon Getty, Pamela Baj Glogau, Dr. Richard Glogau, Kerri Walsh

The first event was the annual Snuggly Soiree, which raises awareness for the Glogau Teddy Bear Rescue Fund at UCSF Children’s Hospital.

Ed Conlon, Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis, Adorean Boleancu

The Glogau Teddy Bear Rescue Fund was established at UCSF Children’s Hospital by Dermatologist Dr. Richard Glogau and his wife, Pamela Baj Glogau, to provide support for pediatric patients and their families. UCSF Children’s Hospital cares for children from across the United States. This fund helps fill special needs that insurance and government funds cannot provide helping patients throughout critical hospitalization and long periods away from home. Funds are used for food, transportation, housing, medications, special medical equipment, interpreters, tutors, and amenities.

Caroline Funk and Elizabeth Funk
Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis and Markos Kounalakis
Dirk Ivory, Drake Ivory, Sheri Montgomery


Marissa Hill, Linda Hill and Michael Hill
Kathy Brady, David Carter and Lucas Carter
Denise Reyff, Isabella Ivory and Dirk Ivory
Jazmin Roper and Afsaneh Akhtari
Rosella Arnold, Piper Arnold and Todd Arnold
Billie Holmes and Alec Holmes
Roberta Steiner and Jason Farovitch
Paul Pelosi, Jr., Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Mayor Gavin Newsom
Justin Fichelson and musician Eion Harrington
Jeff Splitgerber and Natalia Charlton
Denise Bradley and Dr. Melina Jampolis
Marie Lehman, Nancy Lukkes, Alan Svensen, Corinne Saunders, Cati Gallardo
Karen Long and Dan Stubbs
John Rezai, Kate Rezai, Erik Larson, Jaqueline Jordan Rezai
Jeff Rubin, Nicole Fein, Max Gilman
Dede Wilsey, Kimberly Scurr, Mary Murphy
Anne Lawrence and John Rosin
Dr. Richard Glogau and Niquette Hunt
Sandy Roberts, Dana Bricca, Edie Kamler
Dr. David Laub and Bill Nolan
Margie Laub, Bill Nolan, Elaine Nolan
Connie Ho, M.D., Dan Browne, Sandy Katzman
Rosie Jue and Susan Jue

A few weeks after the Snuggly Soiree, Ann and Gordon Getty hosted a book reading from “Physics for Future Presidents,” by Richard A. Muller, a physicist from U. C. Berkeley.

The book tells you everything you will need to know about nuclear bombs, nuclear waste and radiation. It’s an eye-opening look at our new world of terrorist threats, anthrax attacks, radioactivity and nuclear madness.

Richard A. Muller and Ann Getty with guests

Photos: Drew Altizer