Richard Brown, UCLA professor, health care advocate, SM Airport commissioner, dies

UCLA professor Richard Brown.
UCLA professor Richard Brown.
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A powerful advocate for health care reform has died.

UCLA professor E. Richard Brown advised two presidents and helped pave the way for the Affordable Care Act. Colleagues called Rick Brown a passionate teacher and a gifted scientist.

While teaching at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, Brown specialized in turning research and raw data into tools for action and positive change.

He founded UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research eighteen years ago. Data collected there became the engine used by lawmakers in California and Washington to bring about health care reform.

Brown provided health care advise to both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama – and it was his research which helped win passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

His public service went beyond health care. He also served as chairman of Santa Monica’s airport commission.

Rick Brown was 70 years old.