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.”