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Chester Hull�Chester D.

Hull, 81; UCLA Professor, Brain ResearcherJuly 23, 2009 Longtime Pacific Palisades resident Chester Dean Hull passed away on July 7 at the age of 81, after a long illness.

His characteristic dignity, wry sense of humor, and dedication to his family, friends and colleagues were evident even during months of declining health.

Chester was born in rural Delta, Colorado on December 27, 1927.

His family endured economic collapse during the Depression and sought a better life in Southern California.

After attending Whittier College and distinguishing himself in the Army from 1946-1949, Chester completed his B.A.

at UCLA in 1952 and his Ph.D.

in 1956.

After teaching at Long Beach State, Chester returned to UCLA and worked as a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Neuropsychiatric Institute until his retirement in 1992.

He was a resident of the Palisades since 1967.

At Long Beach State and UCLA, Chester was engaged in teaching and mentoring students and in research.

His students all have fond memories of Chester, puffing on his pipe and providing advice and guidance.

His research was aimed at understanding how a particular part of the brain, the basal ganglia, functioned.

This is an area that, when abnormal, causes disorders like Parkinson's disease.

Chester partnered with Nathaniel Buchwald as pioneers in providing an understanding of how brain cells in the basal ganglia communicated with each other.

Chester played basketball at Whittier College and was a devoted UCLA sports fan who, on occasion, abandoned his usual unflappability to yell at the refs.

In his retirement he tutored, traveled, studied Spanish and developed many close and enduring relationships.

Chester believed strongly in the transforming power of public education.

He was predeceased in 1995 by his loving wife of 44 years, Helen.

Survivors include his son Bryan Hull of Pacific Palisades; daughter Rachel Kellerman (husband Tom) of Palo Alto; grandchildren Ben and Lisa Kellerman; and brothers Keith and Cloyde Hull.

Donations in his honor can be sent to the Chester D.

Hull Memorial Fund to support the Bruin Scholars Initiative for undergraduate scholarship.

All gifts should be made payable to The UCLA Fund, 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1400, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Attention Janet Burnett).

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