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Ted Chanock, Jr. died on February 13, 2010. His wife Beth Miriam Chanock passed away in 2003. He made a generous donation to name a main elevator lobby in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as the Ted Chanock and Family Lobby, in loving tribute to his wife. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. degree, Mr. Chanock initially worked at Hughes Aircraft Co. in the R&D Division, Aerospace Group. He helped found Thermalelectric Engineering, manufacturer of fire-detection and heat-sensing devices, and then acquired ownership and was operator of Clear View Cable TV Systems and Sausalito Cable TV, later sold to CBS/Viacom. He became western regional manager for Teleprompter Corp. and a vice president of Century Cable TV. In the late 1970s, he was a partner and co-owner-operator of automobile dealerships in Valencia and Santa Monica.

Edward Dominik died on his 100th birthday, on February 15, 2010. Born in Lemberg, Austria, he became a pharmacologist developing drugs for a major company when World War II erupted. Losing nearly all of his family and friends, he moved to the United States, where he began selling household items and jewelry. Settling in California, Mr. Dominik started a wholesale jewelry business and played jazz piano to support his education at UCLA and the Gemological Institute. His creative collection of “portable sculptures” – 1,000-year-old carved jade accessories – led to the opening of the Edward Dominik gallery in Beverly Hills and to exhibitions at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. He loved gardening, playing chess and practicing at his Steinway piano every day. Sharing his interests and passion for adventure for 35 years before her death was his wife Amelia. Mr. Dominik also had a 35-year relationship with the Aspen Institute. At 99 years of age and a long-time donor to the Jules Stein Eye Institute, he did not need glasses to drive.

MedMagSpring10-Kenneth A. JonssonKenneth A. Jonsson, who, along with his late wife Diana, helped to found UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, died March 15, 2010, at his home in Pacific Palisades. He was 79. He made his first donation to support cancer research more than four decades ago, and the cancer center was named for him and his family after a substantial cornerstone gift was made in 1975. The Jonssons contributed millions more over the years. Mr. Jonsson served on the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation’s board of directors for 43 years, was president in the early 1970s, and was a long-time member of the board’s executive committee. He also served on the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA's Board of Visitors for many years. He studied mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and, after graduation, worked for Texas Instruments, Inc., a company founded by his father. He spent 11 years at the company before moving to a small electronics firm. He later founded his own company. Mr. Jonsson is survived by four children, Mark, Mike, Erik and Anne, and eight grandchildren.


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