Victor Passy ’53

Victor PassyVictor Passy ’53, MD, at left,  is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at the UCI College of Medicine. He received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2005 for his contributions to otolaryngology (e.g.,development of the Passy-Muir Tracheostomy Speaking Valve, development of the ENT program at UCI, etc.). He was also awarded the”Golden Apple Award” by CCM (an undergraduate pre-med organization at UCI) in 1981, “Outstanding Teacher” by Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and White Memorial Hospital ENT Residents in1979, “Outstanding Teacher by UCI in 1978, elected into the AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha) Honorary Fraternity in 1976, President UCI Alumni in 1980 and UCI Alumni Physician of the Year in 1981.

Paul I. Terasaki ’50, MA ’52, PhD ’56

22_Alum_PaulTerasakiFrom the UCLA Newsroom: Paul I. Terasaki ’50 (Zoology), MA ’52 (Zoology), and PhD ’56 (Zoology), has been honored with the Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year award and the UCLA Medal, the University’s highest honor.  In 2010, he and his wife, Hisako, gave $50 million to the UCLA Division of Life Sciences for construction of the Terasaki Life Sciences Building, with 33 state-of-the-art laboratories.

Paul I. Terasaki ’50

Paul I. Terasaki ’50 (Zoology), ’52 MA (Zoology), and ’56 PhD (Zoology), has been honored with the Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year award and the UCLA Medal, the University’s highest honor. In 2010, he and his wife, Hisako, gave $50 million to the UCLA Division of Life Sciences for construction of the Terasaki Life Sciences Building, with 33 state-of-the-art laboratories.

Charles F. Gehlbach ’55

Charles F. GehlbachCharles F. Gehlbach ’55 (Zoology), MD, is a jazz trumpeter and retired physician in Auburn, California. His band is “Dr. Bach & the Jazz Practitioners” – check out their videos on YouTube. He writes, “This is an ultra high energy group of talented and experienced musicians who show their enjoyment while playing Dixieland, Swing, Dance, Blues, and Gospel. We perform with eight musicians. We have a male vocalist in the band, and we also have our vivacious female Vocalist. The band features a Tuba – Banjo sound for Trad tunes, and a String Bass – Guitar sound for Swing. We have performed at the Jazz Clubs in Monterey, Sacramento, Redding, Stockton, Modesto, Santa Rosa, Pismo Beach, Three Rivers and Fresno. We also have played at the Nevada County Fair, the Auburn Fair, The Placer County Fair, and the California State Fair. We have played in the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee for the last ten years, and have been in the Festivals in Modesto, Graeagle, Jackson, and San Jose. We also play Dixieland Church Services for several churches from Auburn to the Bay Area. We definitely are tuned into playing FOR the audience.”

Robert Bleier ’51

Robert BleierRobert Bleier ’51 writes, “I graduated UCLA in 1951 with a BA in Zoology. I continued on with the intent of getting a Masters degree in Zoology under the guidance of my mentor Dr. A. Mandel Schechtman. It became clear in short order that working alone in the Vivarium, a group of labs, near what was a bridge connecting the Quad with the Administration Building, was not my desire. The large New Zealand Rabbits, my companions there, were bright, but non communicative. I decided on a Health service profession and considered Dentistry. I applied and was accepted to the UCSF School of Dentistry (a fine recommendation from Dr. Schechtman helped). I graduated from UCSF in 1956 with a DDS. I was associated for six months, after getting my license, with Dr. H. Mintzer in North Hollywood. After six months I then opened my own office in Chatsworth and practiced there for thirty- two years. While that was going on I got married to Merium Rosenthal and had three children, Alicia, Joshua and Gena Beth. I retired in 1988. One of my patients was a Professor of Ceramics at CSUN. He asked me what I had in mind to keep active after a Dental career. I hadn’t thought about that, he invited me to come to his studio at CSUN. I was immediately hooked on working with clay. I was at CSUN ceramics and sculpture for 22 years until they thought that I should have graduated by then! By the way, I taught Dental Materials at the UCLA School of Dentistry for many years, it was a great experience!” Pictured: one of Dr. Bleier’s sculptures, “Tall Two-Headed Horse.”

Daniel Lippencott ’59

Daniel Lippencott ’59 writes, “After receiving my BA from UCLA, I spent the next four years at the College of Physicians and surgeons (now UOP) in San Francisco earning my DDS degree. I spent the next 33 years practicing dentistry for children in Calif. After retiring in 1996 my wife and I moved to the state of Washington. I am now a lieutenant in our volunteer fire dept, I am also an EMT. Recently, in the past few years, I have volunteered my services as a dentist in countries such as Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Gradumala, Mexico, and just recently returned from 5 weeks aboard the USNS Mercy doing dentistry in Timor Leste. I have also volunteered in Pakistan and Haiti as an EMT following their devastating earthquakes.”

Paul I. Terasaki ’56 PhD

Paul I. Terasaki ’56 PhD (Schechtman), a celebrated UCLA faculty member and pioneer in organ transplant medicine, has made a $50 million gift to the University. The historic gift will support research in the newly named Terasaki Life Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance interaction among scientists and speed the translation of discoveries into practical applications. Dr. Terasaki is quoted in UCLA Today: “”Most advances in medicine are rooted in the life sciences. . . . That background opened the door to my research and proved vital to my medical discoveries.”

Jackie Tobian-Steinmann ’52

Jackie Steinmann at Rose BowlJackie Tobian-Steinmann ’52 coached the UCLA women’s golf team for 22 years (1977-99). Her teams won five conference titles and a national championship in 1991 after a runner-up finish in 1990. UCLA finished in the Top 10 nationally 12 times, won 43 tournaments and qualified for the NCAA Championship 14 straight seasons (1984-97), a school record. She has been called “one of the original pioneers of women’s collegiate golf,” and is honored in theUCLA Hall of Fame and also the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame.