July 12, 2003
Re "Excavate the Past to Make Amends for an Old Sin," Opinion, July 6: Tony Platt's essay on eugenics and sterilization in the past was very much to the point. And unfortunately, it's not dead. Platt failed to mention that Margaret Sanger was one of the leading advocates of eugenics and sterilization in her day. While it is not fair to describe today's Planned Parenthood as primarily motivated by these considerations, nor to attribute these motives to most "pro-choice" people, the popularity of Planned Parenthood among business and corporate donors that support no other "liberal" or "leftist" cause makes you wonder what their motives are. And if you follow biotechnology, the development of "designer genes" and so on, it is clear that we are headed for a bioethical "eugenics" crisis that's different from the one we faced in the 1930s but just as radical.
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December 28, 2009 |
Eugene van Tamelen, a Stanford chemist who was a pioneer in determining the structure of complex natural molecules and then synthesizing them, died Dec. 12 of cancer, the university announced. He was 84. He was "an exceptional intellect, with an extraordinary imagination," said chemist John Brauman, now a professor emeritus at Stanford. "He was constantly inventing new reactions and new approaches to interesting molecules." Van Tamelen liked being different and he liked being first, colleagues said, and the problems he worked on had to be big ones, typically involving molecules much more complex than anyone had been able to make before.
December 23, 1994
Eugene Zukor, 97, former producer and treasurer for Paramount studios. The only son of Paramount founder Adolph Zukor, he was born in Chicago but moved to New York and then to Los Angeles as his father got into the new business of motion pictures. In the 1930s, the younger Zukor produced films including "The Island of Lost Men," "The Way of All Flesh" and "Women Without Names." He also served in various administrative positions at the studio including treasurer and talent executive.
July 19, 1997 |
Eugene Shoemaker, an astronomer and geologist who was a co-discoverer of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994, was killed Friday in a traffic accident near Alice Springs, Australia. The Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, Ariz., with which Shoemaker was most recently associated, said the 69-year-old scientist died in a two-car accident.
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November 26, 2003 |
Eugene Kleiner, who fled his native Austria ahead of the Nazis and later found what became perhaps the world's most admired venture capital firm, has died. Kleiner, 80, died of heart failure Thursday in the Los Altos Hills home he built above Silicon Valley, his family said. As part of the team at Shockley Labs that launched the digital age by putting multiple transistors on a silicon chip, Kleiner moved from his engineering career to launch Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers in 1972.
March 13, 1985 |
Eugene Ormandy, whose name has been virtually interchangeable with the Philadelphia Orchestra for nearly half a century, died Tuesday. The maestro who lived with his orchestra as with a lifelong love and who viewed its players as his "musical children," was 85 when he died of pneumonia in his Philadelphia home with his wife at his side. Ormandy officially handed over the Philadelphia baton to a younger man, Riccardo Muti, in 1980, but continued as conductor laureate until his death.
October 28, 1989 |
Cal State Long Beach's football team, which lost to Oregon here last season, 49-0, will have a nonconference rematch with the Ducks at 1 p.m. today. "We remembered what happened last year and hopefully that will be motivation enough," said Long Beach Coach Larry Reisbig. The 49ers, who lost to San Jose State last week, 21-10, are 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the Big West Conference. They have defeated only one Division I-A team, winless New Mexico State.
September 30, 1990
Dr. Eugene J. Joergenson, 84, former chairman of the Los Angeles County Medical Assn. cancer committee. Born in Stanwood, Wash., Dr. Joergenson was educated at Auburn Academy, Walla Walla College and Loma Linda University. He taught at USC and Loma Linda, and served as president of the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. A Glendale surgeon, he was active in the Glendale Adventist Church, Rotary and Chamber of Commerce. On Thursday in Glendale of heart failure.
October 21, 2002 |
Forget the traditional showdowns against UCLA and Notre Dame. USC quarterback Carson Palmer knows that Saturday's game at Oregon is the one that most matters for the Trojans this season. "It's the biggest game of the year, by far," he said. A victory would prove the Trojans finally belong among the elite in the Pacific 10 Conference and go a long way toward exorcising the demons that have plagued them on the road. A loss to 14th-ranked Oregon would leave No.
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July 20, 1996
Eugene T. Copsey of Thousand Oaks, a retired supervisor for McDonnell Douglas and World War II veteran, has died. He was 81. Copsey was born on Aug. 19, 1914, in Norwalk, Ohio, and spent his childhood there. After graduating from high school Copsey became a naval corpsman and saw "a lot of service in the Pacific" during World War II, said his brother-in-law, Chuck Bolin, of Lake Chapala, Mexico. Copsey served from 1942 to 1945.