Report of the UCLA Emeriti Association

April 25, 2012                 


Affiliation with UC.    After over two years of negotiation, “affiliated” status was extended by President Yudof to both Emeriti and Retiree Associations.   We are grateful to and proud of Eddie Murphy, Director of the UCLA Emeriti  and Retiree Relations Center, for her signal contribution to this achievement, which among other things confers legal access to the University’s name.

Faculty Center Preserved.   After months of suspense the UCLA Administration withdrew its plan to replace the present Faculty Center, which has graced the campus since 1959.   Plans to endow and refurbish this classic of mid-century ranch architecture are now underway.

Research Professor Title Approved. After a circuitous journey through the UCLA Academic Senate and Administration, this title will become available to qualified emeriti professors in the coming academic year.

Programs and Events.  We remember with pleasure Professor  Jared Diamond’s discussion of cultural attitudes toward aging, as well as a rollicking concert by Mariachi de UCLATlan,  drawn from the UCLA community and equipped with showy costumes and authentic instruments.  Looking ahead, Gary Siever will present a one-man portrayal of Truman, “Give-em Hell, Harry!” , after our spring dinner. 

Nomination of Officers.  At its April meeting, the Executive Board nominated Stephen Cedarbaum as incoming Vice President/President Elect.  Barbara Rapaport was nominated as Recording Secretary,  Diane Childs as Corresponding Secretary, and Daniel J. B. Mitchell as Member-at-Large.    Elections will take place at our annual business meeting in May, and terms will begin as of July 1,  2012.

Emeriti Awards.  At a ceremony in May, former Acting Chancellor and Professor of Law Emeritus Norman Abrams will receive the highest distinction conferred by the UCLA Emeriti Association, the Lifetime Distinguished Service Award.   Daniel J.B. Mitchell will receive the Emeritus of the Year Award and Barbara Rapaport the Distinguished Service Award.

Edward A. Dickson Fellowships.   These Fellowships recognize distinction based on post-retirement accomplishment.   Three were given in 2012 to: Ronald M. Anderson, Wasserman Professor Emeritus, Departments of Human Services and Sociology, for his influential  work in the area of medical sociology, and particularly the accessibility of health care; Wesley  S. Moore, Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, for seminal contributions to the field of vascular surgery;  and Hartmut E.F. Scharfe, Professor Emeritus of Sanskrit, Pali, and Indic, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures,  for his ground-breaking studies of ancient Indian texts and their historical contexts.  A Special Award was given to Melvin Seeman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, for his extraordinary record of service to UCLA and the faculty enterprise since his retirement in 1988.

A final word in memory of Herbert Kaesz,  Professor of Chemistry Emeritus,  former president of the Emeriti Association and a fountain of good spirits and good sense.