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Carlos F. Barbas III, the Janet and Keith Kellogg II Chair professor and member of The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), died June 24, 2014, after a battle with a rare form of medullary thyroid cancer. He was 49. "I extend my deepest condolences to Carlos's family," said Michael Marletta, President and CEO of TSRI. "He was a creative scientist who tackled broad-ranging and important biomedical questions to lay the foundation for new therapies. He was admired and loved by his many friends on our campus. We will miss him greatly." Carlos was born on November 5, 1964, and grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. He majored in chemistry at Eckerd College, earned a PhD with TSRI Professor Chi-Huey Wong (then at Texas A&M) in 1989 and conducted postdoctoral studies at Pennsylvania State University and at Scripps, where he worked with Institute Professor Richard Lerner (then the director of the research branch of Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation). Carlos joined the TSRI faculty in 1991, where he conducted studies focused on the development of new therapeutic approaches to human diseases through studies at the interface of synthetic organic chemistry, molecular biology and medicine. Dale Boger, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Richard and Alice Cramer, Professor and member of the Skaggs Institute at TSRI, added, "Carlos was a cherished friend to all, a true pioneer in his science, a treasured colleague, and devoted to his family and children. He enriched our lives in so many ways, on so many levels and on so many different occasions that no words can adequately express our feelings of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." Phil Baran, Darlene Shiley Chair in Chemistry at TSRI, noted, "Carlos's memory and legacy will live on at Scripps forever. His incredible list of accomplishments (academic and entrepreneurial) at such a young age could have only been possible here in this unique and magical environment, a fact he often repeated. Carlos loved to tell jokes, to prank his friends, host legendary parties, race fast cars, go to the gym and, most of all, to spend time with his family. To his friends he was fiercely loyal, a shoulder to cry on and someone you could confide in. He had so much to live for and lived life to the fullest when he could." Some of his accomplishments include developing the first human antibody phage libraries, creating the first synthetic antibodies, developing the first artificial transcription factors capable of regulating endogenous genes, and pioneering chemically programmed antibodies. Each of these approaches has resulted in a new drug class that is currently in clinical trials or approved for the treatment of a variety of diseases. To translate his research into new therapies, Carlos founded three companies. In 1997, he co-founded Prolifaron, which was acquired by Alexion. In 2002, he started Cov-X, which was acquired by Pfizer. In 2008, he founded Zynegenia to develop the next generation of antibody-derived drugs. Carlos received national and international recognition for his work. He was the recipient of the Investigator Award from the Cancer Research Institute, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Pioneer Award and the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. He was named a scholar of The American Foundation for AIDS Research and a fellow of the American Associate for the Advancement of Science. In 2014, Carlos was named a fellow of the Academy of Microbiology. He was an author on more than 330 scientific articles and was a named inventor on 58 issued U.S. patents. In a 2009 profile for his alma mater, Eckerd College, Carlos reflected on his decision to become a researcher. "It's better than I envisioned. I didn't realize when I was studying science all the other opportunities it gives you to see the world. I have a very interesting kind of job that includes traveling the world to give talks. Things that I've worked on are being tested on people, and at some point, there will probably be someone in my family or someone I know who benefits directly." In another interview he said, "It has been a dream of mine to develop drugs that make a difference." Carlos is survived by his wife, Annica; children, Derek, Sabrina, Sixten and Viggo; mother, Joanna; and sister, Maureen. A private Memorial Celebration will be held in La Jolla.
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Alice May Ollas, 77, of San Diego, CA, passed away while surrounded by loving family members on Monday, June 30, 2014, in Murietta, CA. She was born in Riverside, CA, on December 9, 1936, to Juan Bautista and Cordelia Aguilar Oyos. She graduated from San Diego High School in 1954. She never married nor had children. Alice was a beloved member of her community; always smiling, appreciative of her caregivers and neighbors, and advocating on behalf of others when needed. She loved life with reckless abandon, finding happiness in everyday little things and simply watching others enjoying themselves. She was always ready for the next family celebration, as long as there was music to which she could dance. Alice is survived by her sister, Genevieve Murillo of Escondido, CA; sister-in-law, Sheila Oyos of San Diego, CA; and her beloved nieces and nephews, Barbara Mason of Ramona, Shirley Mirch of Menifee, Brenhard Oyos of Menifee, Ernest Oyos of Menifee, Dianna Lopez of Vista, Caroline Lopez of Escondido, Christine Alvarez of Anaheim, Fred Murillo Jr. of Mesa Grande, Glen Murillo of Escondido; Patricia Oyos Wooley of El Centro, Rebecca Oyos Moon of San Diego, Mary Oyos of Mesa Grande, Virgil Oyos Jr. of Mesa Grande, Barbara Oyos Lewis of Corrales NM, Nancy Rourke of Loveland CO, and Judy Oyos Robinson of San Diego. Alice is also survived by her many beloved grand, great-grand, and great-great- grand nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ernest J Oyos (1956), Virgil F Oyos (1996), and Herbert J. Oyos (1990); niece, Mary Ann Murillo Keefe (2003); and nephew, Robert Oyos (2005). Viewing and memorial service will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary, 321 12th Street, Ramona, CA 92065. A Catholic Rosary and Mass will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at Santa Ysabel Mission, 23013 SR 79, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070, followed by burial at Mesa Grande Cemetery. The reception to follow at Mesa Grande Fire House.
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Gretchen Sieg Jaenicke, 77, of La Jolla, California, passed peacefully with her family at her side on July 1, 2014. Gretchen was truly a great wife, mother and friend to all she knew. She was fiercely devoted and loyal to those she loved. Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1936 to parents, Arnold August Sieg and Grace (Brooks Messenger) Sieg, she was an only child growing up as the light of Arnie and Grace's life in Alton, Illinois. The most important thing to her over her 77 wonderful years was her family. As a young woman she spent many summers with her Aunt Grace in La Jolla, California, falling in love each summer with a new boy at Windansea beach. La Jolla would become a major part of her later life. After graduating High School in Alton, she met the love of her life, Ralph Monks Jaenicke, at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin, where they both attended. They eloped and wed in 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, and began a love affair that would last 58 years, bearing three boys, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Gretchen made a warm and loving home for her growing family wherever they lived. Beginning in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where their first son, R. Duncan Jaenick, was born, while Ralph finished his college degree at The University of Illinois. Ralph worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber and, after a leave of absence for military service in the Air Force, they were transferred to Columbia, Missouri, where their second son, Kris Arnold Jaenicke, was born. A promotion took them to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1960 where their third son, Kurt Albert Jaenicke, was born. Ralph began work with US Rubber Company in 1964 based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and traveled extensively for his work covering Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas. Gretchen would see him on the weekends as he flew home from work trips to drop off dirty shirts and leave with clean ones. In 1965 they returned to Ralph's hometown of Rockford, Illinois, to co-found with his father, Jaenicke Distributing, a wholesale liquor company that represented Hiram Walker in Northern Illinois. She raised three boys to men while in Rockford sending each of them to Big Ten Universities. Gretchen enjoyed a deep and fulfilling social life while in Rockford, creating many life-long friends with whom she would diligently stay in contact, trading Christmas newsletters extolling her family and allowing her to stay connected for many years to extended friends she loved. She and Ralph belonged to Rockford Country Club, participated in Ostende, (meaning welcome in Swedish) a formal dancing group that met monthly, worshiped God by singing in the Episcopal church choirs of Emanuel Episcopal and St Anskar's and was part of the Rockford Women's club that supported her community in many ways. She was a tremendous seamstress staying up late many nights to make formal evening gowns for Ostende, casual wear for traveling with Ralph to his leadership award trips and making individual Halloween costumes for her children based upon what they wanted to be that year. She, her Mother and Aunt Anne were also cross stitching and needlepoint mavens, upholstering the many family heirloom chairs that would grace her parents' home in La Jolla. Her favorite needlepoint creations of inspirational quotes decorated every kitchen she had, including "The Hurrier I Go The Behinder I get." She immersed herself in all things family by volunteering in each of her children's school libraries, using her earlier education as a librarian. She attended many high school sporting and theatrical events her sons participated in. A voracious reader, she earned the moniker, "Marian the Librarian" and her infectious laughter would brighten any room she was in as well as let her son's know she was in the audience. Their stay in Rockford lasted until 1983 when she left her homemaker role and joined her parents in San Diego to become Ralph's business partner in the wholesale giftware business, Bethlehem Imports. She created her own line of jewelry she was famously known for wearing, "Gretchen of La Jolla." Gretchen and Ralph traveled together extensively to trade shows all over the United States making life-long friends on the road. They provided for their family by employing her oldest and youngest sons as well as Gretchen's Aunt Anne. They retired in 2001 and moved to La Jolla in 2003 becoming a 3rd generation occupant of their beloved Dowling Drive residence. Gretchen cherished her time in La Jolla, participating and supporting the Social Service League of La Jolla whose mission is dedicated to providing affordable housing for those who have lived and worked in the San Diego area and who cannot otherwise afford housing after retirement. She was a parishioner of Saint James by-the-Sea, the Episcopal Church in La Jolla that her family has participated in since their arrival in La Jolla in the 1930s. She was intimately involved with the St James Gift Shop and the White Elephant Sale that provided support for the church she so loved and cherished. Moving to San Diego to join her parents was a life-long dream that she was able to fulfill for these last 31 wonderful years. Gretchen welcomed all of her family and many life-long friends to the home she had created in La Jolla, many of whom supported her as Ralph's caregiver until his death in 2013. Her life will forever leave an indelible mark in history in the "Jewel" of Southern California and she will be missed. She is preceded in death by her parents, Arnold August Sieg and Grace Messenger Sieg, and her husband, Ralph Monks Jaenicke. She is survived by son, Duncan (Nada); granddaughters, Bethany Jaenicke and Grace (Richard) Peterson; great-granddaughter, Lilly Peterson of Charleston, South Carolina; granddaughter, Zorica (Elton); great-granddaughter, Viktoria; grandson, Nikola; and great-granddaughter, Gabriella, all of Charleston; son, Kris (Ann) of Hudson, Ohio; grandson, Nick (Samantha) Jaenicke of Austin, Texas; grandson, Ben (Monica) Jaenicke of Washington, D.C.; granddaughter, Katherine (Grant) Petersen, great-grandson, William Petersen of Decatur, Georgia; son, Kurt (Pamela) of Carmel, Indiana; granddaughter, Hannah Jaenicke; grandson, Nolan Jaenicke of Denver, Colorado; grandson, Nick Anderson of Steamboat Spring, Colorado; grandson, Cliff Anderson of Littleton, Colorado; and grandson, Curtis Anderson of Carmel, Indiana. Memorial Services will be held on July 19, 2014, at 1pm at Saint James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, California, with a reception following at the church. Memorial contributions to the Social Service League of La Jolla or Scripps Hospice made in her name would honor the life she lived. The family would like to thank Dr. Kosty and the staff at Scripps Cancer Care Center and the staff at Scripps Hospice for their care and support.
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Wallace "Wally" Gene Opstad passed away on June 17, 2014. He was born on October 19, 1929, in Los Angeles to Johannes "John" and Frieda Opstad. Wally attended Whitworth College where he played football and competed in track and field. He later earned his master's degree at Los Angeles City College. He began his professional career as an English teacher in the City of Inglewood. Wally Opstad was unique and an actively involved faculty member who went far beyond the role of a teacher in the classroom. He frequently made home visits to advocate and counsel students and parents, always keeping the students best interest in mind. He later became an administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Wally was extremely involved with the Exchange Club of Inglewood where he volunteered countless hours to local causes. The family moved to Poway in 1974. He continued to serve as an administrator in the Poway Unified School District until his retirement in 1994. Wally's main focus in life was family and education. He always made time to support his children's extracurricular activities which included Poway National Little League, youth soccer, Boy Scouts, Indian Guides, Poway High School Wrestling, Football, Water Polo and Swimming. He was very proud and supportive of each of his children and that love grew even larger with the addition of grandchildren. Being a grandpa brought him tremendous joy and he loved every moment he spent with each grandchild. His commitment to the students and staff at each site he worked continued beyond the school day where he was always chaperoning athletic events, dances and activities. Even after his retirement he continued to serve the school district for another decade whenever they needed administrative assistance. Wally Opstad was an avid card game player, reader, bowler, stamp collector and baker. His infectious laugh and great sense of humor will be missed by the countless people he touched as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher, administrator and friend. Wally Opstad leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Nancy Opstad; his children, David Opstad, Diane Rude, Phil Opstad, Keith Opstad, Dan Opstad, Erik Opstad and honorary son, Branko Lukich; grandchildren, Kristen Rude, Jake Rude, Sheena Opstad, Kirin Opstad, Blake Opstad, Jack Opstad and Henry Opstad; son-in-law, Ron Rude; daughters-in-law, Monique Opstad, Erica Opstad, Kim Opstad and Trinity Opstad; and his sister, Hazel White. A Celebration of Life for Wally Opstad will take place on Sunday, July 13, 2014, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the StoneRidge Country Club, 17166 StoneRidge Country Club Lane, Poway, CA 92064. All are invited to join the family. In lieu of flowers, donations to Wounded Warrior Project in Wally's name would be appreciated.
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