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Francis Eugene Yates

Professor Emeritus of Medicine

UC Los Angeles



Dr. F. Eugene Yates died at his home in Los Angeles on Jan. 20 at age 87. He was an emeritus professor of medicine and medical Engineering at UCLA. Gene Yates received his medical degree from Stanford University in 1951. He served four years as a medical officer in the US Navy. Yates had a long and illustrious career in medical research. He brought tools of mathematics, physics, and engineering into the biological sciences, particularly the fields of endocrinology and aging.


Dr Yates held academic positions at Harvard, Stanford, USC, and UCLA where he held professorships in medical engineering, chemical engineering, and medicine. He was also a principal scientist at the pharmaceutical company ALZA Corp, and also at NASA. He was a mentor to many young scientists. He loved to ski, loved the outdoors, loved to hunt. He had encyclopedic knowledge in many fields. He also loved good food and wine, and books. He was unflaggingly generous to many people, institutions, and causes.


Dr. Yates is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dr. Margaret Yates; his children Katherine, Gregory, Peter, and Eugene; and by seven grandchildren. He is deeply loved and missed.