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Paul Terasaki dies at 86; philanthropist and pioneer in organ transplant medicine

Paul Terasaki dies at 86; philanthropist and pioneer in organ transplant medicine

Paul Terasaki, a philanthropist and pioneer in organ transplant medicine who invented a tissue-typing test that became an international standard for matching donors with recipients, died Jan. 25 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 86.

Terasaki spent three years in an internment camp during World War II and worked stints as a busboy and gardener as a youth. After earning a doctorate in zoology from UCLA and joining the school's faculty, he embarked on the research that would make him wealthy. Over four decades, he donated a total of $58 million to his alma mater, including a $50-million gift in 2010 that ranks among the largest the school has received.

In recognition, the...

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