John C. Loh (MD ’14) was a fourth-year student in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA at the time of his death in the spring of 2014. To fellow students who knew him as a colleague, he was a bright, inquisitive and motivated medical student. To those who knew Dr. Loh as a friend, he was a thoughtful, honest, proud, strong-willed and kind young man.
Dr. Loh was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and as an undergraduate, he attended Stanford University, where he received the Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement, one of the university’s highest honors. Before graduating with his bachelor of science degree in biology, he co-authored three peer-reviewed publications; he wrote another four while in medical school at UCLA.
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA posthumously awarded him the Doctor of Medicine degree, acknowledging Dr. Loh’s dream to become a physician. The Regents of the University of California has created an endowed scholarship in his name, the John C. Loh Memorial Scholarship. It will support students who demonstrate exemplary commitment to peer mentorship. As an enduring reminder of who Dr. Loh was and what he stood for, the school has placed a memorial plaque in Switzer Plaza.