Development News

Posted on: Wednesday, 10/21/2015

Ninth Endowed Chair Established

The School of Dentistry announced its ninth endowed chair this past spring. The chair was created out of an alliance between the Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

The endowed chair will support teaching, research and patient care for special needs patients and will be held by the chairman of the school’s section of special patient care. Following the announcement, Dr. Eric Sung was appointed the inaugural holder of the chair.

Ralph, Shirley and Peter Shapiro, who drove the creation of the chair, see it as a way to address the lack of essential support systems for the medically vulnerable in our society. Their goal is to help UCLA dentists improve access to care, and quality of care, for people with developmental disabilities. Read full press release

Passing of Longtime Supporter Jerry Weintraub

Mr. Jerry Weintraub, a legendary producer and a longtime UCLA School of Dentistry supporter whose name graces the UCLA Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2015 of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara. Mr. Weintraub, who produced The Karate Kid and the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, was 77 years old when he died.

The School of Dentistry will be forever grateful to Jane and Jerry. Their gift helped the construction of The Weintraub Center -- an innovative research center dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients with major defects of the head and neck and oral cavity. Mr. Weintraub has forever enriched the lives of countless members of the Los Angeles community through his family’s generous support of the School of Dentistry. As we mourn the loss of a distinguished leader, legend, and friend, we celebrate his life and the forceful impact that his visionary philanthropy has created. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The UCLA Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology in Jerry Weintraub's memory. Donation checks should be made payable to the UCLA Foundation (mailing address: UCLA School of Dentistry Weintraub Center, 10833 Le Conte, CHS – 53-038, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1784). Donations by credit card can be made by phone at 310-206-6063. Alternatively, you can make a donation online to the Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center Fund at the UCLA School of Dentistry.