Dr. Carol Kruse, professor of neurosurgery and a recognized leader in immunological therapy for brain cancer, died March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. She was 61 years old. As a member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Kruse worked on the development of alternative therapies for treating patients with primary malignant brain tumors. She is best known for having conceived of allogeneic cytotoxic T lymphocytes (AlloCTL), which target brain tumors by their expression of the HLA Class I of human leukocyte antigens.
Dr. Paul H. Ward, a leading figure in the field of head and neck surgery, died April 9, 2015, in Pauma Valley, California. He was 86 years old. Dr. Ward came to UCLA in 1968 as chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery. Before coming to UCLA, he was chair of the Division of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Ward authored more than 330 scientific publications and 12 books, and he was a consulting editor or editorial advisor for many otolaryngology journals including Laryngoscope, Head and Neck Surgery, Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology; Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and American Journal of Otolaryngology. Dr. Ward trained generations of residents, 26 of whom have gone on to become department chairs, and one dean.