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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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Frank P. Tomasulo, Ph.D. ’86

Frank P. Tomasulo, Ph.D. ’86, is the author of a recently-published volume on Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni, “Michelangelo Antonioni: Ambiguity in the Modernist Cinema.” Tomasulo, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Theater, Film and Television, majoring in theater arts, is Core Certified Professor of Graduate Film Studies at National University in La Jolla, […]

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Rachel Pacheco ’08

Rachel Pacheco ’08 was awarded the Thomas NextGen For Industry Award, which recognizes the best and brightest millennials who drive the manufacturing and industrial sectors forward. She was nominated by the leadership team, who were “thrilled that her strong communication and leaderships skills, integral to the success of world’s first large scale fermentation process for […]

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Amy Sueyoshi, M.A. ’98, Ph.D. ’02

Amy Sueyoshi, M.A. ’98, Ph.D. ’02, has been appointed dean of San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies (CoES). She is the first woman appointed to the position in the college’s 50-year history and has served as interim dean for CoES since January 2018. “Professor Sueyoshi has done a superlative job leading the college […]

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Emily J. (Peacock) Atherton ’02

Emily Atherton ’02 has joined Klinedinst PC Los Angeles as counsel and has been awarded the Martindale-Hubbell® AV®-Preeminent™ designation, the highest honor Martindale can bestow. Atherton’s practice focuses on business, commercial and employment litigation. Before joining Klinedinst, she practiced in a wide range of areas, such as toxic tort, product liability, premises liability, business litigation […]

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Kristin Rhodes ’91, M.S.N. ’99

Life member Kristin Rhodes ’91, M.S.N. ’99, was named the recipient of the 2019 Nurse Practitioner of Distinction Award during the California Association for Nurse Practitioners’ recent 42nd Annual Educational Conference. Rhodes received her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

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Maria Strong ’85

Life member Maria Strong ’85 was appointed to serve as Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs at the United States Copyright Office, effective April 23, 2019. Strong earned her J.D. from George Washington University Law School, her M.A. in communications management from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of […]

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Laurie Holden ’93

Actress Laurie Holden ’93 stars in the action thriller film “Dragged Across Concrete,” featuring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Michael Jai White and Jennifer Carpenter. Holden received her bacherlor’s degree in theater arts.

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Michael Kao ’01, J.D. ’04

Michael Kao ’01, J.D. ’04 joined the firm Cox, Castle & Nicholson as their general counsel. Kao earned his juris doctor from UCLA School of Law, where he also served as an editor of the UCLA Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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