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guished undergraduate career. While pursuing his degree on

Mimi Perloff, Patron and Friend, “Godmother” of Urban Planning

a rigorous honors track in both economics and political science, Clawson managed to serve for two quarters as a research assistant to AMY ZEGART, a national security expert and associate professor of public policy. He volunteered for nearly two years with the Los Angeles branch of the Homeland SecuPublic Affairs undergraduate

rity Advisory Council on a

student MATTHEW CLAWSON

project to improve the metro

has been selected to receive a

area’s emergency preparedness.

2010 Marshall Scholarship, a

—Meg Sullivan

prestigious program that pays for graduate study anywhere in the United Kingdom. The 22-year-old UCLA senior from Fort Collins, Colo., is a political science and economics major with a minor in public affairs, and plans to use the award to complete a master’s degree in international relations at Oxford University. “I couldn’t be more thrilled about the whole opportunity,”

The communities in the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture and the UCLA School of Public Affairs are deeply saddened by the passing of longtime friend and benefactor, Miriam Perloff, co-founder of UCLA Design for Sharing, and wife of the late Harvey S. Perloff, founding dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, for whom UCLA’s Perloff Hall is named. A graduate of Juilliard, a professional pianist, concert organizer and publicist, activist and businessperson, Mimi Perloff put her many talents to use for the betterment of the UCLA community upon her arrival on campus in 1968. Longtime friend and former faculty member Martin Wachs recalls, “She worked tirelessly to raise funds for the fledgling school, especially donations of scholarships and fellowships so that poor but deserving students could complete their graduate training...The best tribute we can offer to honor Mimi’s memory will be to keep alive the sense of community and commitment to social change that make Urban Planning at UCLA so special.” Born October 29, 1914, Mrs. Perloff died in her Westwood home Thursday, January 21, 2010, surrounded by family. She was 95. She is survived by her two sons, Gregg and Jeffrey, and her grandchildren, Lisa, Alexx, and Spenser. �

he said. “Since my sophomore

NAYIRI NAHABEDIAN ’95

year, I’ve been looking for a

MSW, a member of the Board of

chance to study international

Education for Glendale Unified

relations abroad. One of the best

School District, is running for

areas where she helped struggling

ways to study the U.S. system is

the California State Assembly in

families recover from physical and

District spans the cities of

to look at it from abroad. This

the 43rd District.

sexual abuse, domestic violence,

Burbank and Glendale. It also

and drug addiction. Since 2000,

includes portions of Los Angeles,

Nahabedian went on to work for

Nahabedian has been a teaching

including the neighborhoods of

tough challenges that will define

the Los Angeles County Depart-

faculty member at California State

Atwater Village, Laurel Grove,

my own generation—issues such

ment of Children and Family

University, Los Angeles’s School

Los Feliz, Silver Lake, North

as terrorism, global poverty and

Services as a social worker. For

of Social Work, where she teaches

Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Toluca

nuclear proliferation,” he said.

five years, Nahabedian worked in

courses on child welfare, public

Woods, Toluca Terrace, Valley

The award caps a distin-

the central and south Los Angeles

policy and social service.

Glen and Van Nuys.

will allow me to do just that.” “I hope to help confront the

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After earning her M.S.W.,

California’s 43rd Assembly

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