Anne Bodenheimer, coordinator of the Fulbright Scholars Enrichment Program at UCLA for 29 years, died in Los Angeles on June 21. She was 104 years of age.
Bodenheimer was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1914 and after completing a baccalaureate degree in Germany in 1933, she was sent to Paris by her father. There she completed a juris doctorate at the École de Droit in 1937 and worked at the Institute of Comparative Law in Paris until 1939.
She lost her father, her sister Ilse and her fiancé in the Holocaust and herself escaped twice from Nazi concentration camps, one of which was Bergen-Belsen. Another sister, Lotte, survived Auschwitz. Bodenheimer recorded an oral testimony of her experience for the USC Shoah Foundation in 1994.
Following the war, Bodenheimer emigrated to the United States and began a new life in New York, where she completed an M.A. in international law at Columbia University. She moved to California when she married fellow Frankfurt native Fred S. Bodenheimer in 1949.
UCLA was the object of great affection for Bodenheimer. She joined the staff in 1961 as a research assistant in the office of the director of International and Foreign Studies. She went on to coordinate the Fulbright Scholars Enrichment Program at UCLA from 1962 to 1991, continuing to work part-time for the program after her official retirement in October 1984.
“I looked up to Anne with great respect because of her dedication and strength of character,” said Ann Kerr, her successor as coordinator of the Fulbright Program at UCLA. “She built the program into what it is today, forging connections into the community that gave Visiting Fulbright Scholars entrée into major institutions — public, private and nonprofit — in the greater Los Angeles community,” related Kerr.
Early in her career at UCLA, Bodenheimer forged an enduring friendship with Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy. Eye problems later prompted her to seek care at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, where for several years she supported the research of Dr. Kevin Miller and Dr. Michael Gorin.
Bodenheimer is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Michelle Bodenheimer, a grandson and a niece and nephew.
A funeral service will be held at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Simi Valley on Monday, June 25, 2018, at 3 p.m.