June 2, 1934 - November 21, 2013 Whether it was sports, health care, film, theater, politics, or education, Dan Anzel spent his life learning, writing, enjoying and sharing his passions with others. A true renaissance man, Dan passed away suddenly on November 21, 2013 at the age of 79 in Los Angeles. Before his retirement, Anzel was a professor at the USC School of Medicine, the climax of a distinguished career in the field of public health administration. Anzel was an expert in hospital administration and prison health care, and his career ran the gamut from helping plan the USC Comprehensive Cancer Center to researching medical care provided to inmates at Alcatraz prison with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1934, Dan attended Blair Academy before graduating from Dartmouth College in 1955. He went on to earn a Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley and Ph.D from UCLA, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University. Dan remained an active alumnus and supporter of his schools, particularly Blair (see the Anzel Tennis Trophy, still awarded annually) and Dartmouth. Dan was an avid lifetime athlete and fitness enthusiast, never letting an early diagnosis of diabetes slow him down. Dan was an AAU ranked weightlifter and varsity tennis player at Dartmouth, and he used tennis and a daily fitness regimen throughout his life to manage the rare feat of 50 years of living with diabetes, for which he was recognized by the Joslin Diabetes Center and Eli Lilly & Company. Dan was also a prolific writer, published in many local and national journals and magazines on subjects ranging from local sports, history, medical ethics, prison health, higher education, and extensive film and theater review, using the Anzel scale. Dan's writing revealed his deep intellect, breadth, curiosity, honesty, wit and passion, and led the Los Angeles Times to publish dozens of his letters to the editor over many years. Dan was predeceased by his brother, Sanford Anzel, M.D., and is survived by his longtime companion Janet Condon and her three children, six grandchildren and many family and friends. On the Anzel scale, a 10.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 15, 2013