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UCLA Dedicates Health Center to Arthur Ashe

April 17, 1998

UCLA dedicated its new health center Wednesday in honor of Arthur Ashe, the late tennis great and UCLA alumnus.

The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center is a four-story, 36,000-square-foot outpatient clinic with 59 examining rooms, labs, a pharmacy and radiology unit, said Dan Page, a university spokesman.

Jeanne Moutousammy Ashe, Ashe's widow, was present at the ceremony.

"Among the many causes Arthur championed, education, youth and health are themes that recur again and again," she said.

The building, finished in December, cost $4.5 million, Page said. Student health services were previously housed in the basement of the Center for Health Sciences.

Ashe attended UCLA on a tennis scholarship and graduated with a degree in business administration in 1966. He was the first African American to win singles championships at the U.S. Open (1968), the Australian Open (1970) and Wimbleton (1975).

He contracted AIDS from a transfusion in 1983 and founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS. He died in 1993.

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