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Dr. Eric W. Fonkalsrud, (RES ’63), died on April 6, 2017, at the age of 84. A native of Baltimore who grew up in Seattle, Dr. Fonkalsrud completed his medical degree, an internship and a year of residency at Johns Hopkins University. He then completed a surgical residency at UCLA, followed by training in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Ohio State University. He returned to UCLA in 1965 as founding chief of pediatric surgery. He became professor of surgery in 1971, served as executive vice chair of the Department of Surgery from 1982-88 and became emeritus professor in 2001. He was a consummate educator and mentor to thousands of UCLA students and residents and established the Eric W. Fonkalsrud, M.D. and Margaret Z. Fonkalsrud Endowed Scholarship in 2002. He was a world-renowned figure in his field and performed more than 15,000 operations during his career. He also initiated liver transplantation at UCLA in 1968. He received numerous awards and served as president of multiple surgical associations, including the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Dr. Fonkalsrud is survived by his wife Peggy, their four children Eric Jr., Lynn, David and Robb, and six grandchildren.