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In Memoriam

William Brice

William Brice, an abstract artist and former UCLA faculty member, died March 3 in Los Angeles. He was 86.

An admirer of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, Brice was known for his large-scale paintings that referenced elements of classical ruins. Throughout his painting career, he exhibited extensively throughout the United States. His work is included in numerous collections, including the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Around 1970, Brice made a trip to Greece, which strongly influenced his work. It was at this time that his work shifted from atmospheric paintings with light and demarcation of forms, to paintings with elements of fragmented classical ruins, referencing the history of a noble era.

Brice was a member of the UCLA art faculty beginning in 1953, when he was appointed as acting assistant professor. He was awarded an assistant professorship in 1956 and moved up the academic ladder, retiring in 1991 as an emeritus professor.

"He was such an important factor for so many years at UCLA. When I was a graduate student in art history, he was a premier member of the painting department," said Professor Emeritus Henry Hopkins, who served as chair of the UCLA Art Department from 1991-1994 and was the former director of the Hammer Museum. "Bill was a person who many students turned to as their guide. He was highly respected and, in his great role as a mentor, he worked closely with students such as Peter Alexander, Judy Chicago, Charles Garabedian, Ed Moses and others."

With his enthusiasm for the arts, Brice encouraged many to pursue their dreams, as he did. Garabedian commented to the Los Angeles Times, "He was a great teacher, very involved in helping his students find out where and what they wanted to be."

Brice was born in April 1921, in New York City. He studied in Los Angeles at the Chouinard Art Institute and at the Art Students League in New York City. He taught at Jepson Art Institute in Los Angeles from 1948-1952 before joining UCLA.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his son, John; and two grandsons.

Donald Novin

Donald Novin, former chair of behavioral neurosciences in the Department of Psychology, died Feb. 19. He was 71.

Novin came to UCLA as an assistant professor in 1962, following a postdoctoral fellowship in Sweden. Besides serving as chair of behavioral neurosciences, he became director of the NIH Physiological Psychology Training Grant, which he initially helped procure and which remains the longest-running grant of its kind in the country.

He was a dominant figure in research on the behavioral neuroscience of motivation and made many major contributions toward understanding the mechanisms whereby the need for water and food controls the brain's states of thirst, hunger and satiety.

One of his earliest and best-known contributions was when he showed the relationship between brain osmotic pressure receptors and thirst. Later in his career, when it became dogma that monitoring of the need state was done by receptors in the brain, he made a major impact by demonstrating vital roles for visceral receptors.

Besides being devoted to science, Novin also was an avid outdoorsman. Many of his colleagues fondly recall the fishing trips in the Sierras that he would organize to show them his favorite fishing spots.

Early onset Parkinson's disease forced his premature retirement in 1994, which occurred at a time when he was making what he considered his most important discoveries. As the disease progressed, he became less able to carry out normal activities.

Until recently, however, he took great pleasure in visiting his corner office on the eighth floor of Franz Hall. He enjoyed talking about department politics, which was always a sure way to provoke a brief respite from his Parkinson's symptoms.

Novin is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and their sons, Wade and Eli.

Peter E. Schlein

Peter E. Schlein, professor emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, died Feb. 26 from sudden cardiac arrest in Paris, France. He was 75.

A New York native, Schlein received his B.S. in 1954 from Union College and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1959. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago in 1959, at Johns Hopkins University from 1959 to 1961, and at UCLA from 1961 to 1962.

He began his career at UCLA as an assistant professor in 1962. In the early 1970s, Schlein, who was an experimental elementary particle physicist, began a research program at CERN, the European center for high-energy accelerator physics in Geneva.

Working at CERN's Intersecting Storage Rings and later at the Proton-Antiproton Collider, he developed new high-precision detectors, which made him world-renowned.

In the late 1980s, he was the spokesperson for the UA8 experiment at CERN, for which he designed and constructed the first silicon vertex detectors that are located in very close proximity to the particle beam; these detectors are now in use in all modern particle physics hadron collider experiments. On UA8, he made seminal measurements on the partonic content and structure of the pomeron, a composite particle detected in hard diffraction scattering interactions.

Schlein retired from UCLA in 2006. He was a fellow of the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and of the American Physical Society.

Murray Schwartz

Murray Schwartz, the third dean of UCLA School of Law and the David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law Emeritus, died Feb. 15 in Los Angeles. He was 87.

Schwartz joined the UCLA law faculty in 1958 and had a distinguished career as a faculty member prior to taking over as dean from 1969 to 1975. He was the first holder of the David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Chair in Law and the author of many important works on criminal law and legal ethics.

An extraordinarily skilled teacher who was revered by his students, Schwartz won the School of Law's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was elected Professor of the Year by the graduating class of 1986. Throughout his esteemed professional career, Schwartz also served as executive vice chancellor of UCLA, as chair of the UC Academic Council and Academic Assembly and as chair of the UCLA Academic Senate.

"Murray's passing will be a great loss to our community," said Michael H. Schill, dean of UCLA School of Law. "He was a man of enormous wit and intelligence and he was dedicated to our school and our profession. He was beloved by his colleagues and friends and we will miss him greatly."

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Schwartz began his career as a chemist after earning his bachelor's degree in chemistry at Pennsylvania State University in 1942. During World War II, he was a commanding officer of a submarine-chaser. After the war, he studied industrial relations at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and received the LL.B. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1949.

After law school, Schwartz clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson. Thereafter, he served in the Office of the Solicitor General from 1952 to 1954. He then practiced law in Philadelphia until 1958.

Schwartz was a distinguished criminal law and legal ethics scholar. His work in the legal profession and legal ethics shaped the teaching of professional responsibility in many of the nation's law schools. He authored "The Reorganization of the Legal Profession" (1980); co-authored "Lawyers and the Legal Profession: Cases and Materials" (three editions since 1979); and edited "Law and the American Future" (1976).

The University of Pennsylvania Law School and Pennsylvania State University each has presented Schwartz with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey; his three children, Deborah, Jonathan and Daniel; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the Schwartz family requests that donations be made to: The UCLA Foundation/School of Law. Checks should be sent to the attention of Donna Colin, UCLA School of Law, Box 951476, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

A memorial service for Schwartz will be held on April 7 at 5 p.m. at the Law Building, Room 1347.

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