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Class Notes

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This is where we celebrate noteworthy achievements from fellow Bruins.
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Willie Naulls ’78

Willie Naulls ’78, a 6’6″ forward and integration pioneer who earned All-American honors in 1956 and went on to a stellar NBA career, passed away on Nov. 22 at his home in Laguna Niguel. He was 84. Naulls is one of the seminal figures in UCLA basketball history, establishing school records for rebounds in a […]

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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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Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, M.A. ’00, Ph.D. ’02

Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, M.A. ’00, Ph.D. ’02, director of the UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies, has won an American Book Award for “City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965.” Her first book, “MIGRA! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol,” about Mexican immigration to the United […]

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Christopher Russell, Ph.D. ’68

Christopher Russell, Ph.D. ’68, who came to UCLA as a graduate student in the sixties and never left, is the subject of a recent Forbes Magazine article, in which he discusses his work on some of the most important and high-profile space missions of the last half-century, from Apollo to the recent Mars landing to […]

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Mark A. Mathews ’51, MBA ’59

Mark A. Mathews ’51, MBA ’59, passed away Oct. 27 at age 92. The youngest of five children born to Lemuel and Regina (Roseborough) Mathews in San Diego and raised in Phoenix, Ariz., during the Depression, Mathews’ childhood was full of challenges and financial hardships, but, encouraged by a loving and supportive family, Mark developed […]

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Willie Naulls ’78

Willie Naulls ’78, a 6’6″ forward and integration pioneer who earned All-American honors in 1956 and went on to a stellar NBA career, passed away on Nov. 22 at his home in Laguna Niguel. He was 84. Naulls is one of the seminal figures in UCLA basketball history, establishing school records for rebounds in a […]

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Melinda Sanes, M.Arch. ’07

Melinda Sanes, M.Arch. ’07, has joined the architectural team at the Raleigh, NC, office of CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years. Sanes joins CPL with more than 11 years of architectural experience and most recently served as project architect with Flad Architects. In her […]

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Mary Lois (Walker) Peters ’34

Mary Lois (Walker) Peters ’34, a member of one of the first graduating classes at UCLA’s Westwood campus, passed away Nov. 1 at age 106 (and 1/2). A lifelong Angeleno, Peters was born in Los Angeles on May 31, 1912 (the month after the Titanic sank, and the same month the Beverly Hills Hotel opened). […]

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Kelly Sabicer, D.D.S. ’82

Kelly Dean Sabicer, D.D.S. ’82, passed away on Oct. 14 at the age of 63, after a long struggle with cancer and a serious heart condition. He spent his final days in the home that he poured his heart and talents into, surrounded by his wife, his children, his brothers, and extended family and close […]

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Helaina Chinn ’08

Helaina Chinn ’08 has become an associate with Portland law firm Bodyfelt Mount LLP. Chinn practices general civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury and employment matters. Prior to joining Bodyfelt Mount, Chinn acquired a broad base of experience working in government, both small and large law firms, and nonprofits. In California, she practiced […]

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Joe Yogerst ’79

Joe Yogerst ’79 has published his first novel, a murder-mystery called “Nemesis” set in 1880’s San Diego when it was a Wild West boomtown. Yogerst worked on the Daily Bruin for four years as a sports writer and sport editor while earning a bachelor’s degree in geography and interning at the L.A. Times. He later […]

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