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Wendell Jacob

<p>Davis resident Wendell Jacob is the son of former V&amp;E Faculty member, Harry E. Jacob. <span> </span>Harry E. Jacob was a UC Davis faculty member from 1921 until his death in 1949.<span> </span>The elder Jacob was one of the early faculty members, who worked in the department when it was still part of the Berkeley campus. <span> </span>Wendell was a young man of 20 when his father passed away; yet over the years, he met many grape growers who came to his father for advice.<span> </span>The younger Jacob has been a staunch supporter of the department his father loved so well; he has given to the research facility at Oakville that bears his father&rsquo;s name and the heritage vineyard that will be planted near the new academic building and winery near the south entrance to campus.</p> <p>Jacob is also a film aficionado.<span> </span>He turned his ownership in the Colfax Theatre over to his granddaughter, Paris Endicott-Chase on her 13<sup>th</sup> birthday in September of 2006.<span> </span>He bought the theater in 1986 and spent the next three years restoring it. <span> </span>The refurbished theater reopened in 1989 and has been a mainstay in the life of the tiny foothill hamlet ever since.</p>