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  • 'Retired' Dr. Philip Azer continues ER work

    At 82 years old, Dr. Philip Azer has retired from his job of working 60 hours a week on call at Scripps Mercy Hospital as an ear, nose and throat doctor. Now he works only 40 hours. The Boston area native — who received his medical degree from SUNY Buffalo in 1961, during John F. Kennedy’s first...

  • La Jolla gallery features work by Carl Ekstrom: Chairman of the surfboard

    La Jolla gallery features work by Carl Ekstrom: Chairman of the surfboard

    Carl Ekstrom shows this reporter a photo of himself surfing taken from the deck at Duke’s La Jolla, sometime in the 1960s. “That’s me, doing a bottom turn on an asymmetrical,” he says, beaming. “I’m going up into there.” Ekstrom, 76, doesn’t surf anymore, but his surfboard designs still will for...

  • People in Your La Jolla Neighborhood: J.J. Smith takes in recycling, gives out happiness

    People in Your La Jolla Neighborhood: J.J. Smith takes in recycling, gives out happiness

    Editor’s Note: The “People in Your Neighborhood” series shines a spotlight on locals we all wish we knew more about! La Jolla Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile, send the lead via e-mail to editor@lajollalight.com...

  • How SIO's Dr. Ram talks science to religious leaders

    How SIO's Dr. Ram talks science to religious leaders

    Through the windows of his corner office at Scripps Institution of Oceanography — the office he inherited from Sally Ride after she moved back to the UC San Diego physics department in the early 2000s — Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan has yet to see any of the disastrous effects of global warming predicted...

  • Assignment Macedonia: La Jollan Cal Mann joins the Peace Corps

    Assignment Macedonia: La Jollan Cal Mann joins the Peace Corps

    Cal Mann is a La Jollan who has always embodied the philosophy of giving back to his community. But recently, he felt a greater urge tugging at him to leave La Jolla for a spell to help others around the world. That’s how he ended up in Macedonia, working for the Peace Corps. Throughout his years...

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