Animal Hospital finds home and other La Jolla News Nuggets


Salk Nobel laureate receives France’s highest honor, Birch Aquarium donation to fund outreach programs

Animal Hospital finds new home

Animal Hospital of La Jolla, which will have to move from its current location at Draper Avenue and Silver Street to make way for a planned townhome development, has found a new home on the same street. Its owners have purchased a 1,750-square-foot building at 7517 Draper Ave. for $1.1 million, according to the Daily Transcript.

The one-story building last sold in October 1988 for $300,000. To read more about plans for the site on which the Animal Hospital is currently situated, visit

Salk Nobel laureate receives France’s highest honor

Roger Guillemin, a Salk Institute scientist and Nobel laureate whose discoveries laid the foundation for brain hormone research, was presented with France’s highest honor March 7 during a ceremony at the Salk Institute in La Jolla. The Commander rank of the Legion of Honor was bestowed upon the French-born Guillemin, 91, by neuroscientist Jean-Pierre Changeux of the College de France and Pasteur Institute in Paris before an audience of nearly 100 family, friends and Salk colleagues.

Guillemin joined the Salk Institute in 1970 and received the 1977 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work with hypothalamic hormones. He was among 19 people to be promoted this year to the rank of Commander of the Legion of Honor. Salk colleagues described him as a “national treasure” for both countries.

Donation to fund outreach programs at Birch Aquarium

Citing a passion for changing the way education is delivered to students in underserved areas, Robert and Allison Price donated $6 million to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) through Price Philanthropies.

The gift, announced March 4, will establish the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund, an education outreach program.

This is the largest gift made to Birch Aquarium since the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation (headed by Patrick and Rose Patek of San Diego) gave $6 million in 1986 to fund the new 31,000-square- foot aquarium and ocean science center at SIO.