Dr. Stanley van den Noort (pictured), a former dean of medicine at UC Irvine and a pioneer in multiple-sclerosis education, research and patient care, has died at the age of 79. Noort joined UCI in 1970 and as dean from 1973-85 was a key figure in the medical school’s growth into a nationally ranked institution. He was an internationally acclaimed leader in the neurosciences and built at UCI one of the country’s first and most successful multiple-sclerosis clinics. For these accomplishments, he received the UCI Medal, the campus’s highest honor, in 2008. “Quite simply, Dr. van den Noort was a giant – both at UCI and in the field of multiple sclerosis – and his care and compassion brought tremendous relief to so many,” says Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, UCI interim dean of medicine.