Legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar ’56 passed away in his Hollywood Hills home on July 27 at age 83. For more than half a century, Sklar was instrumental in sharing the magic of Disney-themed entertainment with people around the globe.
“Everything about Marty was legendary — his achievements, his spirit, his career,” Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger said in a statement. “He embodied the very best of Disney, from his bold originality to his joyful optimism and relentless drive for excellence. He was also a powerful connection to Walt himself. No one was more passionate about Disney than Marty and we’ll miss his enthusiasm, his grace, and his indomitable spirit.”
At UCLA, Sklar was editor of the Daily Bruin, which led to his recruitment to create the Disneyland News for Walt Disney’s new Anaheim theme park in 1955. He continued to be an active member of the UCLA community for the remainder of his life. On the day of his passing, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs Julie Sina remembered Sklar’s ongoing involvement. “Marty was an amazing person. I was just emailing with him yesterday about several ideas he had for his next program for Alumni and he was connecting us with an up and coming artist,” said Sina.
Sklar was honored with the 2007 UCLA Award for Professional Achievement and served on the UCLA Alumni Association board of directors from 2008-2010. On several occasions, Sklar spoke to UCLA audiences to share insights on his Disney experiences.
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