Norman M. Weinberger, founding faculty member
Norman M. Weinberger, a leading figure in the field of neurobehavioral research and a mainstay of the School of Biological Sciences for 50 years, died Feb. 14. Weinberger was a young postdoctoral fellow at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute in 1965 when James L. McGaugh, founding chair of UCI’s Department of Psychobiology (now the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior), recruited him to join the fledgling faculty and get the unit up and running. A few years later, he served as chair of the department and, a few years after that, as acting dean of the School of Biological Sciences. Weinberger was a founding member of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory and of the doctoral program in the history and philosophy of science within the School of Humanities. In addition to his appointment in the Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences, he was a professor of cognitive sciences in the School of Social Sciences. Weinberger became a research professor in 2004 and remained active in his laboratory until his death. His research focused on the storage of sensory information.
Jean Aldrich, founding first lady
Jean Hamilton Aldrich, wife of UCI’s founding Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich Jr., died March 23, at age 96 in Irvine, the city she watched grow into a diverse technology and business hub centered around a top-level research university that was once just her husband’s vision. While the campus was under construction, she threw herself into health and arts projects. She sat on the boards of a home for the developmentally disabled and South Coast Repertory. Once the campus opened, Jean Aldrich started the first Town & Gown group, comprising faculty wives and women from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. (There was no city of Irvine then.) She also served on scholarship selection committees and defused a student demonstration with hot chocolate, cookies and prayer – courtesy of the family pastor. She even filled in for her husband at the French Consulate once, giving a speech completely based on her knowledge of high school French. After her husband’s retirement from UCI in 1984 and his death six years later, she remained connected to the campus and community. In 1990, she was honored with the UCI Founders Award for her tireless dedication and support.