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Class Notes

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This is where we celebrate noteworthy achievements from fellow Bruins.
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Christine Simmons ’98

Christine Simmons ’98 (Gold member) has been hired as chief operating officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The immediate past president of the UCLA Alumni Association Board, a UC Regent-designate and currently president and COO of the Los Angeles Sparks, Simmons will assume her new role in January and report directly […]

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Norman E. Friedmann ’50, M.S. ’52, Ph.D. ’57

Visionary engineer and executive Norman E. Friedmann ’50, M.S. ’52, Ph.D. ’57, passed away July 24 at age 89. A lifelong UCLA supporter, Friedmann was a UCLA Foundation Trustee (1987-2006), endowed the Norman E. Friedmann Chair in Knowledge Sciences (1987), was the School of Engineering Alumnus of the Year (1973) and received the UCLA Distinguished […]

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Michelle King ’84

Michelle King, the first black woman to be superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest district in the nation, passed away Feb. 2. She was 57. King, who worked for the district for over thirty years as a teacher and administrator, was selected in 2010 by Superintendent Ramón Cortines to serve as […]

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David DiChiera ’56, M.A. ’58, Ph.D. ’62

David DiChiera ’56, M.A. ’58, Ph.D. ’62, passed away September 18, 2018, at age 83. Born in McKeesport, Pa., in 1935 to Italian immigrant parents, DiChiera was raised in Los Angeles. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1956 from UCLA, his accomplishments as a pianist and composer garnering him the Atwater Kent and Gershwin Awards. […]

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Jonathan “Jay” Sures ’07

Jonathan “Jay” Sures ’07 was appointed in January to the University of California Board of Regents by Jerry Brown in one of the former governor’s last official acts. Sures is co-president and one of the three managing directors who run and oversee all aspects of leading global entertainment company, United Talent Agency (UTA). Sures oversees […]

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Ray Pearl ’91

Ray Pearl ’91 (Life Member) was elected to serve as a member of the Westlake Village, Calif., City Council on November 6, 2018 and was sworn in on December 5, 2018. Additionally, as the Executive Director of the California Housing Consortium, a non-profit organization which strives to overcome the housing crisis facing California’s veterans, seniors, […]

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Marcy Miroff Rothenberg ’73

Marcy Miroff Rothenberg ’73 has published “Ms. Nice Guy Lost – Here’s How Women Can Win.” According to its author, “the book weaves women’s personal stories with data and news reports about all the Trump Administration and GOP have done since 2016 to roll back women’s rights, and offers a detailed to-do list for women […]

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Jerri Lynn Sparks ’98

Jerri Lynn Sparks ’98 has published her first memoir, “Surviving Madmen: One Woman’s Encounters With A Governor, Two Congressmen, And A Spouse.” Sparks was a congressional press secretary living out her childhood dream in the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives. She had an Ivy League-educated husband and beautiful children with a white picket […]

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Paul Lee ’15

Paul Lee ’15 has been named as one of ten 2019 New Faces of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in the Professional category. Lee serves as a civil engineering associate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where he has made it a point to prioritize the need […]

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Rachel Vandenberg, MBA ’91

Rachel Vandenberg, MBA ’91, has been promoted to senior vice president of Dewberry, a privately-held professional services firm, in Dewberry’s Long Beach, California office. Vandenberg’s nearly 30 years of industry experience includes five years’ experience with Dewberry, where she has overseen the growth and expansion of its ports and intermodal practice across the east and […]

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Stacie Greene Hidek ’96

Stacie Greene Hidek ’96 (Life Member) has been named Marketing Director for the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA in Wilmington, N.C. Formerly digital and visuals editor at the StarNews, also in Wilmington, Hidek moved into her new role in January, promoting the memorial to North Carolina veterans lost in World War II and honoring all U.S. veterans. […]

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