|Joseph K. Perloff, MD|
Joseph K. Perloff, MD, founding director of the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, passed away on August 18, 2014. He was 89 years old. Dr. Perloff, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, joined the UCLA faculty in 1977 and was the inaugural Streisand/American Heart Association Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. He founded a new medical subspecialty — congenital heart disease in adults — and established a center at UCLA in 1980 to treat the disease. The first of its kind in the country, the center earned an international reputation for excellence and received a significant endowment from The Ahmanson Foundation.
|James Vincent Maloney,
Pioneering heart surgeon James Vincent Maloney, Jr., MD, died on August 18, 2014. He was 89 years old. Noted for performing the first successful open-heart surgery west of the Mississippi in 1956, at UCLA, he arrived as the first chief of thoracic surgery at UCLA, which marked the official establishment of the UCLA Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
|Andrea L. Rich, PhD|
Andrea L. Rich, PhD, a former UCLA professor and executive vice chancellor, died on July 28, 2014. She was 71 years old. Dr. Rich received BA, MA and PhD degrees from UCLA. She took a position as assistant professor in the speech department in 1968 and was appointed as executive vice chancellor in 1991. During nearly 30 years of service to UCLA, Dr. Rich promoted teaching excellence and was instrumental in restructuring UCLA’s professional schools and academic programs to enrich academic quality. She led the reorganization of what are now Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA into an integrated medical enterprise. Dr. Rich received a number of awards, including The UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor. She left UCLA in 1995 to take the position of president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.