UCLA alumni Sherri and John Fogelman have established the Elsie and Isaac Fogelman Chair in the Division of Pediatric Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics. The chair — named in memory of John’s grandparents — will help advance the Pediatric Epilepsy Program by providing the flexibility to recruit, retain and support the career development of exceptional faculty in the field. The Fogelmans have been loyal to UCLA for many years, beginning as hardworking students. Sherri received her Bachelor of Arts and master’s degrees from UCLA, and John received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. From 2004 to 2012, John served as a member of the Board of Advisors for Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. His father, Dr. Alan Fogelman, who met his wife, Judith, while both were UCLA undergraduates, currently serves as executive chair of the Department of Medicine. John’s brother, James, received his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law. The Fogelman Chair allows the family’s deep connection and commitment to UCLA and the Pediatric Epilepsy Program to grow and positively affect countless patients — for which Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA is truly grateful.
The Wilder Family Trust has bequeathed $6.25 million to the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. In honor of Billy and Audrey Wilder, $2 million has been allocated to establish the Billy and Audrey Wilder Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and Neuroscience. The chair will be awarded to a senior neuroscientist in the Semel Institute who holds an academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The recipient will be an individual of national and international reputation with proven leadership in the development of innovative programs of education, research and clinical care. The purpose of the chair is to yield investigative advances that will translate into optimum care for patients. The endowed chair continues a legacy of generosity and impact from the Wilder family. After Mr. Wilder’s death in 2002 at the age of 95, his wife, Audrey, donated $5 million to the Hammer Museum at UCLA for the Billy Wilder Theater. After fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s, Mr. Wilder became a highly regarded writer and director in Hollywood, winning six Academy Awards. Mrs. Wilder was an actress at Paramount Pictures. She died in 2012 at the age of 89.