Passings


Carolyn Boyd

Carolyn BoydCarolyn Boyd, professor emerita of history, died July 19 at 71. A distinguished historian of modern Spain, she taught at UCI from 1999 to 2010, serving as professor of history, chair of history and dean of graduate studies. Boyd was internationally renowned for her groundbreaking work in Spanish political and cultural history, including her classic 1980 Praetorian Politics in Liberal Spain, which shed new light on the history of military intervention in modern Spanish politics; as well as her 1997 Historia Patria: Politics, History & National Identity in Spain, 1875-1975.

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Chris Burden, M.F.A. ’71

Chris Burden

Artist Chris Burden, whose iconic “Urban Light” display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has become a luminous symbol of L.A., died of melanoma May 10 at the age of 69. Burden earned a master’s in fine arts at UCI in 1971. His thesis was “Five Day Locker,” a performance piece that entailed locking himself inside a 2-foot-by-2-foot-by-3-foot locker in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts for five days.

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Clayton Garrison, UCI’s founding arts dean

Clayton GarrisonClayton Garrison, founding dean of the School of Fine Arts, died July 27 at the age of 93. He was a visionary stage director, choreographer and theater professor who left a lasting imprint on UCI and what’s now known as the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Garrison was invited by founding Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. to create a “department of arts” in 1964, the year before the campus opened. He served as dean of the school for its first 17 years and remained for nine more years teaching acting and running UCI’s monthlong satellite Music Theatre Program in New York.

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Jack W. Peltason, renowned leader in higher education

Jack W. PeltasonJack W. Peltason, president emeritus of the University of California and chancellor emeritus of UCI, died March 21 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 91. Peltason served as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1967 to 1977. Afterward, he became the nation’s chief spokesman for higher education when he was named president of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. In 1984, he returned to UCI as its second chancellor. He was inaugurated as the 16th president of the University of California in 1992. Many honors and distinctions were bestowed on him throughout his career, including the President’s Medal, UC’s highest honor, in 2014.

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Lyman W. Porter, professor emeritus of business

Lyman W. PorterLyman W. Porter, professor emeritus of business and a mainstay of the UCI faculty for more than four decades, died July 2. He was 85. Porter came to UCI in 1967 as a professor of management (with a joint appointment in psychology) and assistant dean of the Graduate School of Administration – now The Paul Merage School of Business – after rising from lecturer to full professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. As assistant dean, he was instrumental in starting the GSA’s doctoral program. He served as dean of the school from 1972 to 1983. The Dr. Lyman W. Porter Colloquium Room in the business school building was named in his honor in 2014. At UCI, he received two Lauds & Laurels awards, for outstanding university service in 1975 and for distinguished research in 1985, and the Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Research in 1990.

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Irwin Rose, Nobel laureate and pioneering enzyme researcher

Irwin RoseNobel laureate and UCI biochemist Irwin “Ernie” Rose, who did groundbreaking work on enzymes critical to breaking down and disposing of unwanted proteins in plants and animals, died June 2 in Deerfield, Mass. He was 88. Rose and two other researchers discovered how cells can regulate the presence of a certain protein by marking unwanted proteins with the polypeptide ubiquitin. Once labelled, the proteins are then broken down rapidly in cellular “waste disposers” called proteasomes. For the work, Rose shared the world’s highest scientific honor with Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko of the Israel Institute of Technology.

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