John H. Alexander Jr., formerly of Golden, Colo., has joined Loyola Marymount University as vice president for university relations, according to the Rev. James N. Loughran, the university president. Alexander will be responsible for all fund raising and alumni and public relations for the university. He was vice president for development and public affairs at Regis College in Denver for eight years.
Dr. Joseph and Tobe Gaster were honored by the American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem after their return from Jerusalem, where they dedicated the Gaster Building (originally the Weizmann Building) on the Mt. Scopus campus of Hebrew University. While in Jerusalem, Gaster, a Beverly Hills surgeon, professor and author, and his wife were presented with a book that mentions the influence of a relative from England, the late Rabbi Moses Gaster, on the Balfour Declaration of 1912, which encouraged Jewish emigration to Palestine. University officials cited the couple for their support of higher education.
Joseph S. Dunning, a former vice president of McDonnell Douglas, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District. The 71-year-old Hollywood Hills resident was named to the 11-member RTD governing body by Mayor Tom Bradley and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council.
Attorney Bruce I. Hochman, president of the legal firm of Hochman, Salkin & DeRoy, will be honored at the 39th dinner of the Legal Services Division of United Jewish Fund at 6 p.m. April 6 at the Century Plaza. A member of numerous Jewish service organizations, Hochman will receive the Maimonides Torch of Justice Award for outstanding civic leadership and humanitarian efforts as a member of the legal community.
Barry Kaye, chairman of Barry Kaye Associates, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev at a dinner-dance marking the 100th birthday of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. Kaye is the founding chairman of the western region of the associates and serves in many cultural and Jewish organizations. The event, to be held June 10 at the Beverly Hilton, will feature Amos Ben-Gurion, former Israeli police commissioner. Singer-composer Mel Torme will entertain.
Dr. Donald A. Adams, a Westside internist, has been named chairman of the board of trustees at Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center for 1987. His appointment marks the first time in the hospital's 61-year history that a physician has headed the board, which is composed of business and community representatives, physicians, hospital administrators and others. Adams has been a member of the hospital's medical staff since 1959 and is a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA Medical Center.
Louise Harris, a special education teacher at Fairfax High School, has been named an outstanding teacher for the fourth consecutive year by the Los Angeles School District Division of Special Education. Harris has worked for 28 years with students having a wide range of physical and mental disorders.
Dorothy and Sidney Factor and Gerald Factor of the Max Factor Family Foundation were honored for 50 years of outstanding service to the nonprofit Julia Ann Singer Center's children and families. A certificate of appreciation was presented by Nathan Kates and Sue Yudelson of Vista Del Mar, a nonprofit agency associated with the Singer center.
James M. Peters, a Southern California real estate developer, has pledged $75,000 to establish the James M. Peters Dean's Discretionary Endowment at the UCLA Graduate School of Management.
Gloria Werner, associate university librarian for technical services at UCLA, is among 15 academic librarians chosen from a nationwide competition to participate in the UCLA Senior Fellows Program. Werner and the other fellows will spend the month of August on the UCLA campus, attending seminars on economics, strategic planning and communication and doing course work in managerial accounting and research and leadership development.
Dr. Maria Greenwald, co-director of the Osteoporosis Medical Center and a fellow in the rheumatology division of the UCLA School of Medicine, has recieved three awards for efforts in bone research. A grant of $100,000 was given to Greenwald and co-researcher Dr. Theodore Hahn by the Arthritis Foundation. Greenwald also received the foundation's Postdoctoral Fellowship Award for her bone cell research. The award provides her with $18,000 a year for three years plus a $500 institutional grant. The third award, the Senior Fellow Award, sponsored by Merck, Sharp and Dohme, will be presented to her in June at the Washington, D.C., conference of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Assn.
Dr. Harry Handler, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, will join the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education on July 1, according to Dean Lewis C. Solmon. As an adjunct professor in the administration, curriculum and teaching studies division, Handler will prepare students to be school administrators who can meet the present and future needs of California schools.
The Frank Glicksman Scholarship Award, named in memory of television producer and UCLA graduate Frank Glicksman (Class of 1942), has been established in UCLA's Department of Theater, Film and Television, said Robert H. Gray, dean of the School of Fine Arts. Funded through a $100,000 endowment to the UCLA Foundation by Glickman's widow, Pearl, and her family, the scholarship winner will be announced each year during the spring quarter.