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In Memoriam

Dr. Sidney Roberts, the first professor appointed to the Department of Physiological Chemistry in the newly established UCLA School of Medicine in 1948, died July 20, 2016. He was 98 years old. He served as acting chairman of the department to begin organizing the teaching program, planning the physical facilities and reviewing applicants for entrance to the medical school’s first class. Dr. Roberts also played an important role in the early development of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, was a Guggenheim Fellow and served on numerous National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation advisory panels.

Dr. Richard Wain Young, professor emeritus of anatomy, died May 18, 2016, in Hollywood, California. He was 86 years old. He served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and attended college on the G.I. Bill. Dr. Young earned his PhD from Columbia University, did postdoctoral work in Italy and Sweden and received additional training at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies in Tennessee, and in France. He joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine’s Department of Anatomy in 1960; he retired in 1991. During his tenure, he received numerous recognitions, including the Friedenwald Award in Ophthalmology in 1976, one of the highest honors given by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology; the UCLA Distinguished Teaching award; the Bowman Lecture of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists; and an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Chicago.


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