Former UCLA Professor Dies
By Jennifer Alcaraz
Dec 23, 2012 - 5:54:43 PM
WESTWOOD—Former UCLA Faculty Member in the department of political science, Richard Baum, died on Friday, December 14 at the age of 72. There will be a memorial service to be held on January 19, 2013 at UCLA’S
Center located at
480 Charles E. Young Dr. East, at 2 p.m. The university announced the professor’s death on December 18. A statement from Baum’s son indicated that Richard had passed away in his home.
Baum was born in
Los Angeles on July 8, 1940. His father was a technician and his mother a seamstress. He attended UCLA during his undergraduate studies. During his senior year, he took a course on Chinese government and politics to fulfill his major requirement and later obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1962. He received a master’s degree in 1963 and his doctorate in 1970 from UC Berkley.
He was a professor at UCLA for 44 years, where he also worked in the Center for Chinese Studies. Considered a pillar of the department, he authored more than 50 academic books, amongst them, “China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom,” and “Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping (1994).” He also provided commentary on news from
China for CNN International, BBC World Service, Voice of America, National Public Radio and other newscasts.
He was founder of the Internet-based discussion group, Chinapol. According to Clayton Dube, the executive director of the
Southern California’s U.S.-China Institute indicated that Baum’s opinions were greatly valued.
Baum leaves behind his wife Karin Joffe, a former managing director of a
Hong Kong restaurant group.
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