Henry J. Kaiser – 1950s poolside fun in Lafayette

posted on June 8, 2016

Lincoln Cushing
Heritage writer

 

Ale Kaiser with KFSN nurse students at poolside party at Lafayette residence, circa 1954. Left to right: Laura Gall, Ale Kaiser, Rosie Gutierrez, Jerri Barmore.  [KFSN - adds 2013]

Ale Kaiser with KFSN students at poolside party at Lafayette residence, circa 1953. Left to right: Laura Gall, Ale Kaiser, Rosie Gutierrez, Jerri Barmore.

Summertime.

Time for socializing with pool parties and beach volleyball. Henry J. Kaiser and his new bride Alyce “Ale” Kaiser built a “Hawaiian-type” home in Lafayette, Calif., in 1951 at the intersection of Timothy Drive and Pine Lane. In 1954 the Kaisers moved to 525 Portlock Road, East Oahu, Hawaii.

The residence was used for many merry events, including this party for students at the Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing. Alyce was a trained nurse, and had worked as an administrative assistant at the Kaiser Oakland hospital.

We don’t know how aware they were about safe sun exposure – these days, Kaiser Permanente encourages more covering up and sunscreen – but having outdoor fun this summer is definitely on the “thriving” list.

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Henry J. Kaiser playing volleyball with KFSN students at his Lafayette home, 1954 [circa]. [KFSN - adds 2013]

Henry J. Kaiser serving a volleyball with KFSN students at his Lafayette home, circa 1953.

Henry J. Kaiser playing volleyball with KFSN nurse students at his Lafayette home, 1954 [circa]. [KFSN - adds 2013]

Henry J. Kaiser playing volleyball with KFSN students at his Lafayette home, circa 1953.

Poolside party for KFSN nurse students at Henry J. Kaiser residence in Lafayette, circa 1954. [KFSN- adds 2013]

Poolside party for KFSN students at Kaiser residence in Lafayette, circa 1953.

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