Rose Gilbert, a Bruin alum from 1940 and a lifelong fan and supporter of U.C.L.A. academics and athletics, passed away on Monday at the age of 95. Mama G, as she was known to many, spent the last 53 years teaching English at nearby Palisades High School until she retired last year. However, it was her support of education and philanthropy outside of the classroom, and especially at U.C.L.A., that made her an incredibly unique and special Bruin.
From the Official Site:
Gilbert's contributions to UCLA Athletics are immeasurable, particularly on the academic side. She endowed multiple athletic scholarships in football and men's and women's basketball. She also created the Rose and Sam Gilbert Fellowship, awarded annually to two student-athletes who were admitted into a UCLA graduate program. Additionally, she provided funding for the renovation of the student-athlete learning center, now named the Rose Gilbert Learning Center, and annually funded both the UCLA Scholar-Athlete Banquet and the Student-Athlete Graduation Ceremony. The UCLA women's basketball program honored Gilbert with an academic award named after her, the Mama G Award for the team member with the highest GPA.
Gilbert's footprints have been left all over the UCLA campus, from the neuroscience program to Powell Library to the College Honors program. She was a major benefactor of scholarships on campus, including the Rose Gilbert in Memory of Maggie Gilbert Scholarship, the Rose Gilbert Honors Programs Scholarship and the Rose Gilbert Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Gilbert also created the Maggie G. Gilbert Endowed Chair in Bipolar Disorders at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Gilbert was recognized in 2008 with a Honorary Fellow Award from the UCLA College of Letters and Science.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Rose's family, her friends, her students and colleagues, and all of the Bruins her life touched.
Memorial services will take place in January.