Nobel Prizes are often awarded to scientists decades after the winners' major contributions. The ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation, Inc., Los Angeles Chapter, has always been on top of these things: They will give Caltech's Dr. Leroy E. Hood their 1987 Man of Science award April 11 at their ARCS Ball at the Beverly Wilshire.
Hood is the scientist who has developed "fancy plumbing devices" to analyze and manufacture genes and proteins. The "devices" are transforming biological research as dramatically as Henry Ford's assembly line revolutionized the auto industry, according to Fortune magazine.
Mrs. James Goerz, chapter president, and Mrs. Thomas Bergin, ball chairman, have announced Art Linkletter will interview Hood at the ball. If that sounds frivolous, consider the magnificent job he's done on past recipients.
Gumps Beverly Hills will host the cocktail reception before guests walk over to the hotel for dancing to Clark Keen and the award ceremony.
Committee members involved include Mrs. Fred O'Green, whose committee chose Hood; Mrs. Thomas F. Grojean, ARCS Auxiliary president; Mrs. Robert J. Kribs, Mrs. Earl Keith Russell; Mrs. Chandler Harris; Mrs. Alexander Varga; Mrs. Ralph H. Rudd; Joann McGarty and Mrs. Charles Mair.
SAVE THE DATES: James P. Miscoll, executive vice president, Bank of America, will be honored at the Constitutional Rights Foundation 25th annual Spring Dinner May 11 at the Beverly Hilton. Speaker will be Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas, Supreme Court of California. . . .
Bob Hope will be master of ceremonies for the Associates of the House Ear Institute annual benefit gala March 24. Ann Jillian, Nanette Fabray, Mary Martin, Norm Crosby and Richard Kaufman are booked. And the Humanitarian Awards will go to Mrs. Lon V. Smith and Ross McCollum. Benefit co-chairmen are Mrs. Clement Hirsch, Robert Anderson and Peter Pitchess. . . .
Also on March 24, the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award will go to Carole and Lodwrick Cook, to Kay and Robert Dockson and to Gloria and James Stewart. Heading the black-tie affair at the Century Plaza benefiting the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation are B. Donald Grant, Bob Hope (we'll soon know if he'll be in both places at once), Penelope von Kalinowski, Ray A. Watt and Jerry Weintraub.
GOOD TIMES: Supporters of Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times will be living it up a la Los Angeles in the '40s and '50s Saturday in the Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador. The Stepp Sisters will enliven the affair. Look-alikes, period costumes and an 11-piece band will capture nightclub nostalgia, according to dinner chairman Laurie Bernhard. Funds will benefit the group's camp for children with cancer.
KICKING OFF: Weta Mathies, chairman of CARES Auxiliary's 1987 California National Horse Show, expects lots of support from William Shatner ("Star Trek") and his wife, Marcy, honorary chairmen of the show, Wednesday through Sunday at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. There's a first this year: the $25,000 CARES California Grand Prix, sponsored by Silver Oaks Ranch next Sunday at the center Equidome.
More than 650 horses will participate. Proceeds will go to the CARES chid care centers at County/USC Medical Center. Anita Tsuji is masterminding events, Patty Pillsbury is chairman of the exhibitors dinner Friday, and Lil Howland, Auxiliary president, is handling finances.
RED LETTER DATES: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts a preview reception April 8 of the exhibition "Treasures of the Holy Land: Ancient Art From the Israel Museum." It's the largest exhibition of ancient Israel art to travel abroad. . . .
Twenty-five debutantes will be presented at the 21st annual Mary Duque Guild Debutante Ball Saturday at the Beverly Wilshire. . . .
Cal State L.A.'s 40th anniversary celebration adds luster Thursday evening at the Beverly Wilshire when the university salutes 40 distinguished volunteers, alumni, faculty and donors. Among recipients will be Jack Atwood, David Strauss, Gilbert Vasquez, Anna Bing Arnold, Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Lilly Lee and Florence LaRue.
DESERT GLAMOUR: Kay Waycott, longtime trustee and supporter of the Palm Springs Desert Museum, will be in the honor spot at the museum's annual gala March 21. "Her dedication and active service have played a key role in the museum's growth," said J. Ralph Stone, trustees president. Peggy Lee will entertain. Sue Rose, chairman, expects that the evening will raise almost 25% of the museum's annual operating budget. Tickets are $1,000. . . .
The museum also hosts the exclusive West Coast exhibition of "The Enchantment of Art: Masterpieces From the Phillips Collection" March 26-May 17. The collection of works by Cezanne, Chagall, El Greco, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Daumier, Degas, Modigliani, Whistler and Van Gogh, plus Bacon, Bonnard and Rothko, will travel from its permanent home in Washington for its only West Coast show. . . .