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Dr. E. James Brotman and group of President's Scholars.

Dr. Brotman and former CSULB President Robert C. Maxson with President's Scholars.

Campus Benefactor E. James Brotman Dies

E. James Brotman, M.D., for whom Brotman Hall is named, passed away on Aug. 30 at the age of 95. Dr. Brotman, a native Californian, was born in Los Angeles on April 20, 1915. 

A graduate of Pomona College, Dr. Brotman earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California and practiced in the Southland for 56 years until the age of 80. A specialist in internal medicine, he was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and was also a board certified Fellow in the American College of Physicians as well as a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology. During WWII, he served in the Army Medical Corps where he rose to the rank of captain. 

In addition to a distinguished career in medicine, one of Dr. Brotman’s proudest legacies is the establishment of the Brotman Scholars Program at CSULB. To date, nearly 100 Brotman Scholars have gone on to achieve productive careers as well as advanced degrees at the most distinguished universities in the nation. Hundreds more will follow as his perpetual legacy continues to support and encourage the highest standards of good citizenship, morality and social responsibility. Students passing through Brotman Hall, the central administration building of the campus, are inspired by his engraved dictum to them, “Just Do It.”

“Our campus has lost an extremely generous benefactor,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “His endowment continues to provide full tuition support to academically talented, financially needy students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in science and mathematics.”

Dr. Brotman is survived by his wife Susan, daughter and son-in-law Pegi and Jeffery Skoff, and granddaughter Gabriella Skoff.