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FELIX D. BATTISTELLA,'85, UC Davis Medical Center '90, died Jan. 22 at age 48 of cancer. Dr. Battistella was professor of surgery at UC Davis School of Medicine and chief of the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center. He earned his medical degree and completed his surgical residency at UC Davis. During his career, he was honored with the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award, Outstanding Chief Resident Award, Friends of Nursing's Physician of the Year, and Outstanding Faculty Member in a Teaching Capacity. Dr. Battistella is survived by his wife, Christine Beck Battistella, two daughters, Claire and Mary; his mother and his sister. Remembrances may be made to the Battistella Nursing and Medical Student Scholarship Fund at the UC Davis Health System, payable to the UC Regents and sent to Beth Abad, 4900 Broadway, Suite 1150, Sacramento, CA 95820.

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ELIEZER BENAJAMINI, professor emeritus of immunology in the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, died Feb. 14 at the age of 79. Dr. Benjamini taught at the UC Davis School of Medicine from 1970 to 1991, during which time he founded a biomedical company called Aphton Corp. Dr. Benjamini, a heart-transplant recipient, helped to establish the David F. Arnal Organ Donor and Recipient Program in memory of his heart donor. The program assists families in the San Diego area through education, counseling and support. Donations in Dr. Benjamini's name may be made to the David Arnal Organ Donor and Recipient Program of the Jenna Druck Foundation, 2820 Roosevelt St., Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92106, or to Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'a lot, 3652 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92614.

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AGNES BROOKS, also known as "Sully" to her nursing friends and "Jo" to her family, died March 26. Mrs. Brooks originally worked in nursing administration at the Sacramento County Hospital, and later UC Davis Medical Center. She became UC Davis Medical Center's first director of nursing. She is survived by her sons, Jim and John, and four grandchildren. Donations in her memory may be made to the Sacramento Public Library Foundation, 828 I Street, 3rd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814 or to the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center, 4860 Y St. Suite 3900, Sacramento, CA 95817.

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GEORGE R. "SKIP" GAY, died Feb. 13 at the age of 77 after a short illness. Dr. Gay was an associate professor of anesthesiology at UC Davis Medical Center in the early 1990s. He was the founder of Rock Medicine, a program that has provided free medical services at thousands of concerts since the early days of Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead. He is survived by his wife, Penny Miller; his four children; his sister; and seven grandchildren. Donations in Dr. Gay's honor may be made to: Rock Medicine, P.O. Box 756, Roseville, CA 95661-9998.

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DAVID W. HAINES, '94, died March 2. Dr. Haines was board certified in oral surgery and anesthesiology and practiced in San Francisco for 11 years. He is survived by his partner, Virgil Salzman; a brother; two nephews; and his stepfather. Memorial donations in Dr. Haines' memory may be made to Children International, PO Box 219055, Kansas City, MO 64121, or to the David Haines, D.D.S., M.D., Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will assist medical residents attending UC Davis in the UCSF-UC Davis combined D.D.S./M.D. program. Dr. Haines was the first to complete the combined program. Please call (415) 397-1400 for more information.

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JOHN D. ISHERWOOD, '92, died in September at the age of 84. After earning a doctoral degree in engineering and becoming an engineering professor at UCLA, Dr. Isherwood earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California in 1968. He worked for the World Health Organization in Central America and the Caribbean, bringing portable water and sewage systems to those areas. Dr. Isherwood later trained at UC Davis Medical Center to become a psychiatrist at age 69. He worked as a psychiatrist at UC Davis until he was 78. He is survived by his wife, Helen; five children, two grandchildren and his brother.

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BRUCE MCKAY, '91, UC Davis Medical Center '93, born in 1954, died in 2007 at the age of 53. He was a member of the psychiatry residency class of 1991.

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LOIS F. O'GRADY, died Dec. 23 at the age of 71. Dr. O'Grady was one of the earliest faculty members of UC Davis School of Medicine, joining in 1967. Dr. O'Grady eventually became vice chair of the Department of Internal Medicine from 1973 to 1977. She served as the associate dean of Student Affairs from 1976 to 1979, the first female to serve in that role in an AAMC institution. As a professor of medicine, she was honored with a Citation for Distinguished Teaching. In her clinical practice, she was widely respected as an expert on breast cancer. She was co-author of A Practical Approach to Breast Disease. Donations in her name may be made to the UC Davis Hospice Program, 3630 Business Drive, Sacramento, CA 95820, or a charity of the donor's choice.

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WILFRED "FRED" EARL TORESON, died March 10 at the age of 91. Dr. Toreson, who earned both a Ph.D. and a medical degree, was a pathologist at UC Davis Medical Center and medical school lecturer in pathology. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter and stepson; one brother; and one sister.

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