Barron Hilton, son and successor to hotel pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, died on September 19, 2019. He was 91 years old. He was born in Dallas, Texas, and joined the Navy at age 17, serving at Pearl Harbor. Following his military service, Hilton began a successful 20-year career as an entrepreneur. Based on his growing success, his father invited him to join Hilton Hotels Corporation in 1954 as a vice president, while allowing him to continue to manage his outside business interests. Hilton succeeded his father as president and chief executive officer in 1966 and served in that role until his retirement in 1996, after which he remained with the corporation as co-chairman of the board. Like his father, Hilton bequeathed 97 percent of his estate to the philanthropic work of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, one of the largest private philanthropic organizations in the world. The Hilton Foundation has supported myriad areas at UCLA, including the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Fielding School of Public Health, the Luskin School of Public Affairs, the College of Letters and Science, the Anderson School of Management, the School of the Arts and Architecture, Chancellor’s Greatest Needs, the School of Dentistry and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.A generous benefactor himself, Barron Hilton established the Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center at UCLA, named in honor of his late wife Marilyn. Hilton is survived by eight children, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Longtime UCLA friend Leonard Goldberg died December 4, 2019. He was 85 years old. Goldberg graduated with an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. A prolific producer and television executive, he began his broadcasting career with ABC’s research department. Throughout his career, he held numerous executive positions at various networks and served as the head of programming for ABC and president of 20th Century Fox. Most recently, he was executive producer of the CBS series Blue Bloods. An Emmy Award-winning producer, Goldberg also helmed his own production company and produced the Charlie’s Angels films series, Sleeping with the Enemy, Double Jeopardy, Unknown and the Oscar-nominated movie WarGames. The iconic producer has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Active philanthropists, Goldberg and his wife Wendy made a visionary gift to endow and name the UCLA Goldberg Migraine Program in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and to establish the Goldberg Head and Neck Fund. In recognition of the Goldbergs’ support, UCLA named the Wendy and Leonard Goldberg Medical Building at 300 Medical Plaza. Goldberg is survived by his wife Wendy Howard Goldberg, daughter Amanda Goldberg Raskind, sons Richard Mirisch and John Mirisch, their spouses and five grandchildren.