Malcolm MacKenzie

Malcolm MacKenzie, M.D., a former professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the UC Davis School of Medicine, died at home in October 2022 at age 87.

Malcolm studied medicine at UCSF and later completed post-doctoral fellowships in physiological chemistry and hematology. His goal of combining research and clinical work, seeking treatments for his patients, led to his career in academia. He served as an assistant professor at UCSF and an attending physician at San Francisco General Hospital, and similar roles at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati General.

Returning to California, he joined the faculty at the nascent School of Medicine at UC Davis as a professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, where he spent the rest of his academic career, teaching, seeing patients and doing research. Malcolm retired from UC Davis at age 60. He then became director of the Center for Blood Research of the Sacramento Medical Foundation Blood Center for 10 years before he (once again) retired.

Although most of his research involved cancer studies, Malcolm also published papers to help further understanding of AIDS treatment. As a pioneer in the study of multiple myeloma, he published many papers identifying markers on specific types of blood cells.

Malcolm is survived by his wife, Natalie; daughter Leslie and son-in-law Jonathan Blackie; daughter Tracie and son-in-law Augusto Sarti; daughter-in-law Heather K. MacKenzie; grandchildren Lindsay and Stuart Blackie, and Alexander, Sean and Kevin Sarti; and brother Sherwin MacKenzie. He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth MacKenzie.

Excerpted from The Davis Enterprise

Anne Kent

Anne Kent, M.D. ‘84, passed away at her Newport Beach home in November 2022 surrounded by her beloved family. She was 64. During Anne’s final years, she lived with ALS. Anne is survived by her husband of 38 years, Robert; children Tyler (Andrea), Ryan (Kristin), and Victoria (Joshua) Samuels; grandchildren Hudson, Calvin, Lucas, and Iris Anne; and her seven siblings, numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends, dear colleagues, and patients. Her parents, James and Patricia Murphy, preceded her in death.

Born in San Jose, Anne was the oldest daughter of eight siblings. She attended Presentation High School, but determined to be a doctor like her dad, took specialized science classes at the all-boys’ high school across town. At UCLA, Anne met her love, and life partner, Rob. In 1980, she graduated magna cum laude and went on to medical school at UC Davis, where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Anne completed her ob/gyn residency at UC Irvine, and in her final year served as chief resident.

Anne moved into private practice at Doctor’s Office for Women, which grew into a prominent women’s health practice in Orange County. She delivered over 10,000 babies at Hoag hospital and ended her career as president of Pacific Women’s Healthcare Associates. Her passion lives on at Hoag with the “Jeffrey M. Carlton Endowed Chair in Women’s Health, in honor of Dr. Anne Kent.” She received a Courage Award from Augie’s Quest, a foundation seeking a cure for ALS.

Excerpted from the Orange County Register