Dare to Be 100: Gene Yates Is Dead

January 27, 2015 3:14 PM

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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. He may have been my best science friend, certainly the smartest. His death was ultimately the result of having fallen off his exercise bike two months earlier, resulting in a fracture of his cervical vertebra. He never regained vitality after this insult. I rage at the consequent dimming of the light that his luminous brain has shown me for the last 23 years.

I first met Gene in 1993. I had submitted an article to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. David Solomon also of UCLA was then the fine editor of JAGS. He was having a difficult time finding appropriate reviewers for my paper because its topic, "the physics of frailty," was fundamen...

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