As we are in the holiday season, it’s appropriate to reflect on those who we have lost. Earlier this month, at our 25th anniversary celebration (which you can see the videos here), Health Access took a moment to memorialize Dr. Rick Brown, who was a founder and ally and friend to the organization, both in his role as the director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, as the founder and director of the California Health Interview Survey, and personally with his own advocacy and activism. A full website to his memory is online.
I was pleased to be a speaker earlier in the year at a symposium in his honor, when he was stepping down as chair of the department. After his passing, he had been honored again UCLA, by the American Public Health Association, and elsewhere. But we thought it important to have a final farewell to honor him not just as an academic but as advocate and activist in his own right. At the Health Access reception, his UCLA colleague Dylan Roby and our own Beth Capell gave warm and thoughtful remarks, and his widow Marianne Brown sent some thoughts as well, which we thought we should post here as well.