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An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

September 12, 2018
People

Dear Colleagues:

We write to share the sad news that Alexander (Alex) R. Margulis, MD, former chair of the Department of Radiology and steadfast member of the UCSF community, passed away on Friday, September 7, at the age of 97.

Alex was a visionary radiologist. During his 26-year tenure as chair of the Department of Radiology, UCSF rose to international prominence in imaging research, clinical care, and education. Throughout this period of unparalleled discovery and innovation, UCSF became a top destination for leaders interested in enhancing the roles of digital imaging techniques.

Alex was a risk-taker. He invested in untested ideas, supporting the dreams of his faculty who went on to make astounding contributions to imaging in modalities including CT, MRI, ultrasound, ultrafast CT, PET CT, and SPECT CT. Under Alex’s leadership, the department acquired the second head CT scanner in any academic institution in the U.S. He was truly a man ahead of his time, and his vision for the future of imaging and image-guided therapy would ultimately shape the field of radiology at UCSF and beyond.

Alex was a beloved mentor and colleague. Innumerable radiologists and scientists who were trained and mentored by Alex went on to lead outstanding academic institutions across the U.S. and abroad. UCSF was deeply important to Alex; he maintained close ties over the years, attending the gala event of the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging’s alumni organization – the UCSF Margulis Society – and serving as mentor and colleague to many members of the UCSF faculty.

His many friends and colleagues at UCSF and throughout...

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June 18, 2018
People

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

It is with sadness that we share the news that Lloyd “Holly” Smith, Jr., MD, professor and chairman emeritus of the UCSF Department of Medicine, passed away yesterday at home at the age of 94. Holly was a luminary in the fields of medical education and research, and his absence will be felt not only at UCSF but well beyond.

When Holly joined UCSF in 1964 as the chairman of the Department of Medicine, there were only fifty full-time members (it now numbers approximately 750). He led the department through a period of exceptional and unprecedented growth, recruiting and mentoring faculty in record numbers, many of whom went on to be outstanding leaders in their fields.

Known for his witty aphorisms, Holly once said, “Experiment. Take some chances. Remember the Peter Pan Principle, ‘most things peter out but some will pan out.’” Undoubtedly, many of UCSF’s greatest successes were realized as a direct result of Holly’s innovative ideas and unwavering devotion to leading by example.

Despite receiving innumerable awards and accolades throughout his career, Holly always emphasized his debt to his colleagues and UCSF for his successes. His humble nature, humor, and grace are exemplified by the recipients of the annual Lloyd Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine, established in 2000 to recognize outstanding career service that has resulted in broad and long-lasting benefit to the School of Medicine. To learn more about Holly’s remarkable life and career,...

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December 11, 2017
Partnerships
People

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mayor Ed Lee. He was an extraordinarily decent, upbeat, and dedicated leader of San Francisco, and a staunch ally of UCSF in our mission to provide high-quality health care for all, teach the next generation of innovators and caregivers in the health sciences, and drive breakthroughs in research. I had the pleasure and honor of working closely with Mayor Lee over the past several years on a variety of UCSF-City partnerships.

Among his many contributions, the Mayor played an integral role in working with UCSF to enable us to construct the new UCSF Research and Academic Building at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and to purchase property at Mission Bay that will serve as the future home of the UCSF Center for Vision Neuroscience.

On behalf of UCSF, I will be sending heartfelt condolences to his family. Indeed, San Francisco has lost a very special person and one of its great champions.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

August 16, 2017
People

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are writing to pay tribute to two of our most highly regarded faculty members, Drs. Jeffrey Pearl and Art Ablin, who passed away in recent days.

An outstanding surgeon

Dr. Pearl is most remembered for his indefatigable dedication to UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, where he served as associate dean and associate medical director and was a tireless advocate for its patients and their care. Jeff held the Fishbon Endowed Chair in Ambulatory Surgery and was a committed teacher to students and trainees. He also was an enthusiastic participant at our annual UCSF Founders Day luncheon where he presented the UCSF at Mount Zion Milton and Helen Pearl Award for Outstanding Service. The recipients were selected based on their exceptional willingness to render additional service of distinction to others.

A world-renowned pediatric oncologist

Dr. Ablin was a role model and mentor, advancing the careers of countless students, trainees, and junior faculty. Not only will we remember his kindness, integrity, and tenacious spirit, we are eternally grateful for his generosity. With his visionary commitment to patients and their families, he founded Family House, which provides a place for families to stay during a child’s medical treatment. He also was the impetus for several philanthropic gifts that resulted in the Roma and Marvin Auerback Distinguished Professorship; Deborah and Arthur Ablin, MD, Endowed Chair in Pediatric Molecular Oncology; and Mildred V. Strouss Endowed Chair in Translational Research in Pediatric Oncology.

Both Drs. Pearl and Ablin were steadfast professionals with an unwavering...

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July 22, 2015
People

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing to inform you that one of UCSF’s biggest champions, Chancellor Emeritus Julius “Julie” R. Krevans, MD, died peacefully in Maine on July 12. A distinguished physician, educator, and transformative leader, Dr. Krevans led UCSF into greatness while serving as dean of the School of Medicine from 1971 to 1982 and as chancellor from 1982 to 1993.

During his eleven-year tenure as UCSF’s fifth chancellor, he nurtured the University’s remarkable growth and development across its missions of education, research, patient care, and community service. He also strengthened UCSF’s community outreach programs and advanced efforts to draw more women and minority students to careers in health sciences.

Renowned for his leadership in health policy and medical education, Dr. Krevans received numerous honors and awards. In 1993, he was awarded the UCSF Medal, the University’s highest honor, for his extraordinary contributions locally and nationally over more than two decades.

UCSF will host a memorial tribute to honor Chancellor Emeritus Krevans later this year. Information will be made available via Pulse of UCSF.

Please read more about his illustrious career and achievements at http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2015/07/131031/chancellor-emeritus-julius-krevans-transformative-leader-ucsf-dies-91

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

July 20, 2011
Administrative
People

Dear Colleagues:

The UCSF community suffered a great loss this last week with the tragic accidental death of psychiatrist Kevin Mack, MD, MS. On behalf of our entire campus, I want to again convey my deepest condolences to Dr. Mack’s family, friends and colleagues.

I also want to acknowledge that others were injured in this accident, and to wish them a speedy and full recovery.