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Howard ReissProfessor Emeritus Howard Reiss (1922-2015) passed away on December 21, 2015, at the age of 93. He was born in New York City in 1922 and received his B.A. (1943) and Ph.D. (1949) from New York University and Columbia University, respectively. He joined the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1968 as a Full Professor after leaving his position at North American Aviation, where he was the founding Director of the company's Science Center and a Corporate Vice President of the parent company. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1977, Professor Reiss was an accomplished physical chemist and theorist who worked in a variety of fields, including solid state, statistical mechanics, nucleation and colloid phenomena, polymers, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and device physics. He became a Professor Emeritus in 1991 and touched many people during his career at UCLA. Read more here.
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Robert ScottProfessor Emeritus Robert L. Scott (1922-2016) passed away on May 1, 2016, at the age of 94. Born in California, he majored in Chemistry at Harvard and received his Ph.D. (1945) from Princeton researching polymer physical chemistry with Michel Magat. After working at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project, he did postdoctoral research with Joel Hildebrand as a Frank B. Jewett Fellow at UC Berkeley. He then joined the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1948. Over the years, he developed an experimental and theoretical research program in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics that established him as a leading expert in the physical chemistry of liquids, polymers, and nonelectrolyte solutions. He served a term as department chair, was a member of several important academic committees, was chair of the building committee in charge of the design of Charles E. Young Hall, and, in 1948, taught the first statistical mechanics course at UCLA. Read more here.
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Dafni AmirsakisDr. Dafni Amirsakis (1972-2016) (Ph.D. '02 Stoddart) passed away on May 24, 2016. She was born in Boston in July 19, 1972, to immigrants from the Greek island of Samos, and grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. After starting her college career at Loyola University, she earned her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Psychology (1997) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and did her graduate work in the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry with Professor Fraser Stoddart, earning her Ph.D. in 2002. She continued to work at UCLA as a postdoctoral fellow for two years in the Department of Pharmacology with Dr. N. Satyamurthy before returning to Chemistry and Biochemistry as a Staff Scientist in the Molecular Instrumentation Center. Dafni was beloved by her family and friends for her kind, open spirit and unflaggingly cheerful disposition, and she was also a musician, writing songs, singing, playing guitar, and performing with her band at local venues. The Dafni Amirsakis Memorial Fellowship Award, which provides fellowship support to graduate students in the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was established to honor Dafni. Read more here.
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John D. RobertsProfessor Emeritus John "Jack" D. Roberts (1918 -2016) (B.A. '41, Ph.D. '44 Young) passed away on October 29, 2016, of complications following a stroke. Born on June 8, 1918, in Los Angeles, Roberts received his B.A. (1941) and his Ph.D. (1944) at UCLA (with William G. Young as his research advisor). He continued here as an Instructor from 1944-1945, followed by postdoctoral research at Harvard with Paul Bartlett on a National Research Council fellowship. Then he began his long career at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). One of the most influential chemists of the last 75 years, Roberts did important research and led the organic chemical world in the use of quantum theory, NMR, and isotope effects to explore organic reaction mechanisms. He also served Caltech in several leadership positions. Throughout, he remained a great friend to and collaborator with UCLA and was honored by UCLA with the Alumni Achievement Award in 1967 and the Seaborg Medal in 1991. To honor Roberts, we have established the John Roberts Endowed Term Chair in Chemistry, for which we are currently fundraising. Read more here.
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Cornelius SteelinkCornelius "Corny" Steelink (1922-2016) (Ph.D. '56 Geissman), Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Arizona (UA), passed away on November 12, 2016. An internationally recognized expert on soil humic acid, Steelink received his B.A. in Chemistry (1944) from the California Institute of Technology, a Master's degree in Chemistry (1950) from USC, and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (1956) from UCLA, where he conducted research with Professor Theodore Geissman. In 1957, Steelink joined the faculty at Arizona as an Assistant Professor; he started their toxicology program in 1973. He was also a former consultant to the City of Tucson on water quality and pollution chemistry, as well as consultant on air pollution chemistry to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest (ACLPI). In addition to his many scientific accomplishments, Steelink also helped found the Arizona Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1959. Read more here.
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Jean TruebloodJean "Jeanie" Turner Trueblood (1919-2016) passed away peacefully on Monday, November 28, 2016, at the age of 97. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1919 and grew up in Sleepy Hollow, NY. She graduated from Rollins College in 1941 and received a Master's degree in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She was first married to Donald Cram, UCLA Chemistry Professor and Nobel Laureate, and then later to UCLA Chemistry Professor Kenneth Nyitray Trueblood until his death in 1998. Ken was a leading scientist and teacher at UCLA, for whom the CS 50 Kenneth Trueblood lecture hall is named. Jeanie supported Ken on several sabbatical leaves in Switzerland and volunteered at a nearby hospital while he worked with Professor Jack Dunitz at the ETH in Zurich. Jeanie was an active member of the UCLA Faculty Women's Club and of the UCLA community for decades. Read more here.
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