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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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Patricia T. Thomas ’48, M.A. ’68

Patricia Thompson Thomas ’48, M.A. ’68, died at age 93 from age-related illnesses at her longtime home in Encino on May 24. Patricia Thompson met the love of her life, Bob Thomas, in 1947 at the UCLA Daily Bruin newspaper, where they were both columnists. Bob went on to become a Hollywood writer at the […]

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Dr. James D. Collins ’57, M.A. ’59

Dr. James D. Collins ’57, M.A. ’59, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018, at age 87. He was a professor of radiology at UCLA and was the senior member of the department, having completed his radiology residency at UCLA in 1968 and having been continuously on the faculty since that time. Dr. Collins received […]

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Stanley D. Bachrack ’50, M.A. ’64, Ph.D. ’73

Stanley D. Bachrack ’50, M.A. ’64, Ph.D. ’73, passed away July 2 at age 91. An English major and Daily Bruin staffer as an undergrad, Bachrack’s graduate degrees were in political science. Read obituary and remembrances here.

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Sean Michael McCord ’82

Sean Michael McCord ’82, a School of Theater, Film and Television graduate, has been awarded the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting (NAPAT) Award by the Kennedy Center for his full-length play “Moving.” This award comes with a cash prize, membership in the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, an invitation to […]

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Dallas King ’01, M.F.A. ’14

Dallas King ’01, M.F.A. ’14, wrote, directed and produced a feature film, “Kiss Kiss,” that has been released on Amazon Prime, iTunes and 10 other digital platforms nationwide.

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Alissa Hecht Gardenswartz ’92

Alissa Hecht Gardenswartz ’92, former deputy attorney general for consumer protection in the Colorado Attorney General’s office, has joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s litigation department and consumer protection practice as a shareholder. “We are excited for Alissa to join our team and bring her broad consumer protection experience to the firm,” said Eric Burris, Brownstein’s […]

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Summer Taylor ’98

Summer Taylor ’98 (Life Member), a certified public accountant and business advisor with over 20 years of experience, has joined the board of directors of Think Together, a statewide nonprofit organization that partners with schools to change the odds for kids. With two million students in California still performing below grade level, Think Together plans […]

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Lou Yoelin, M.A. ’05

Lou Yoelin, M.A. ’05, had a musical composition featured the CBS show “Criminal Minds” in April. Yoelin has written music for over 1,000 TV shows including CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” E!’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and many more. After graduating from UCLA with his M.A. in music in 2005, he went on […]

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Patrick Moyneur ’85

Patrick Moyneur ’85, CFP®, Senior Advisor-Director of Advisory Services at JNBA Financial Advisors, has been named a Five Star Wealth Manager. He’s one of five team members at Minnesota-based JNBA who have been named Five Star Wealth Managers this year, and has received the honor for the past seven years. Read more here.

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Carly Nese ’04

Carly Nese ’04 was elevated to shareholder, effective Jan. 1, in the Los Angeles office of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management. Nese represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, employee discipline and state and federal wage and hour claims. She advises […]

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