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Letter from Chancellor Block to UCLA Engineering Faculty, Staff and Students

Dear Colleagues,

Wednesday’s tragic events continue to be felt all across our campus and far beyond as we collectively mourn the passing of Professor William Klug, but nowhere is that pain felt more deeply than with his family – his family at home and his family at the School of Engineering.

It is difficult to imagine the grief and emotion of those who worked alongside, learned from and developed close personal bonds with Professor Klug. He was a beloved and dedicated scholar, whose work in mechanical and aerospace engineering as well as bioengineering was dedicated to bettering our world. He was also a dedicated Bruin. Since his days as a graduate student in 1998, he represented the very best of UCLA – and all of the reasons why I am so honored to lead this institution.

Good people are often at their best when things are at their worst. And this was demonstrated by the Engineering School community, which came together during and in the aftermath of this tragedy. I want to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to each one of you for your efforts to provide reassurance and support to each other. I particularly want to recognize our colleague in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Professor Christopher Lynch, who risked his own safety that day to ensure the safety of all those around him.

Earlier today, we announced creation of The Klug Family Support Fund to benefit Professor Klug’s wife, Mary Elise, and their two young children. We hope this provides comfort and support to them at this very difficult time, complimenting other efforts by Professor Klug’s colleagues and friends to provide assistance. To donate to The Klug Family Support Fund, visit

Please remember that counseling resources are available to anyone who may need them, either through the office of Counseling and Psychological Services for students or at the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center. Together we will help each other grieve, heal and honor Professor Klug’s wonderful memory. I am grateful for the strength, resilience and compassion of the Bruin community and thank each of you for all you have done and will continue to do in the weeks and months to come.


Gene D. Block,
UCLA Chancellor