On Friday, the UCLA Ziman Center lost one of its dearest family members, John E. Anderson, namesake of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. The school is currently planning a celebration of his life, in which John’s accomplishments will be enumerated and appreciated. Among his many contributions, John played an integral role in the establishment of the Ziman Center. In the late 1990s, John joined forces with two members of the school’s Board of Visitors, John Long and Gene Rosenfeld, to provide the intellectual foundation and vision to bring a real estate research center to UCLA. Additionally, the Marion Anderson Chair, named for John’s wife of 44 years, has provided critical funding to the center. We will miss John’s interminable spirit and kind heart, but we will continue to draw inspiration from him as we endeavor to build the most preeminent university-based real estate program in the world. To read words from Dean Judy Olian regarding the passing of John Anderson, click here.