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In Memoriam

  Frank M. Fenton
  Norman Lapin

Top: Frank M. Fenton
Photo: Courtesy of Judie Fenton

Bottom: Norman Lapin
Photo: Kerry Corcoran/David Michael Photography

Frank M. Fenton, former mayor of Beverly Hills, passed away August 4, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Fenton was an active community leader, civic activist and successful finance professional. He and his wife Judie were longtime supporters of UCLA and generous donors.

In 2010, the Fentons helped establish the Fenton Family Clinical Coordinator in the UCLA Department of Neurology to help patients and their caregivers to cope with the challenges of chronic neurological diseases. Judie, an experienced fundraiser and political-campaign strategist, organized an annual fundraiser to support the Fenton Coordinator position, which remains a valuable resource for patients with Parkinson’s disease and their families and caregivers.

“Frank was an amazing person,” said Dr. Jeff M. Bronstein, Fred Silton Family Chair in Movement Disorders and director of the Movement Disorders Program at UCLA. “He and Judie have helped so many by sponsoring this critical patient-advocate position.”

Together, the Fentons created a legacy of service to their community. Their impact at UCLA endures, as family and friends continue to show their love and support with gifts in his memory.

Fenton leaves behind his beloved wife, children, and grandchildren and his dedicated caregiver Daisy Soto and her family.

Norman C. Lapin, a longtime friend of the UCLA Department of Neurology, passed away on October 29, 2016. He was 63 years old. Lapin was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and had more than three decades of experience in the healthcare industry. Notably, he was a founding principal of Physicians Surgery Centers, LLC (PSC).

During his tenure, Lapin was involved in the development of more than 18 surgery-center ventures with physicians, and he subsequently managed the centers’ business operations. Prior to PSC, Lapin held a senior financial-executive position with BMJ Medical Management, Inc., where he developed new relationships with medical groups and managed their business operations.

Lapin was a mathematics and accounting genius who enjoyed playing poker, vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, watching college football and helping other people. He provided significant support for UCLA Neurology’s ataxia research, directed by Dr. Susan Perlman (RES ’79, FEL ’80).

He is survived by many loving family members and friends.



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