Sanford Sigoloff

February 22, 2011

LOS ANGELES -- Sanford C. Sigoloff, Emeritus UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors member, died earlier this week at his home in Brentwood, California. Sigoloff died from complications associated with pneumonia, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sigoloff was an original member of Anderson's Board of Visitors, joining in 1984. He remained active until 2002.

Professionally, Sigoloff was considered an expert in corporate turnarounds. In 1985, he famously brought the Wickes company out of bankruptcy; he later became well known to television viewers for starring in a series of then-ubiquitous commercials for Wickes' Builder's Emporium chain with their catch phrase, "We got the message, Mr. Sigoloff."

Sigoloff and his wife, Betty, were active supporters of UCLA Anderson. In addition to their generous financial contributions, he served as a mentor to Anderson students and also taught a course in corporate renewal. The couple endowed the Sanford and Betty Sigoloff Distinguished Professor in Corporate Renewal, currently held by Professor William Ouchi. They, along with the Wickes Foundation, endowed the Betty and Sanford Sigoloff Student Fellowship Fund.

"Sandy and Betty Sigoloff made a tremendous impact on UCLA Anderson and that impact was felt in a multitude of ways," said Senior Associate Dean Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. "Their generous financial support created both an endowed faculty chair and a student fellowship fund. Just as significantly, Sandy made a personal impact, both as an instructor in the classroom and as a friend and advisor outside the classroom. He will be greatly missed by the entire UCLA Anderson community."

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