Melvin Anglin

Monday, December 4, 2017

Melvin Douglas Anglin, born May 18, 1947, peacefully passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017 at his home in West L.A. after a fierce and brave battle with cancer.

Doug was born in San Diego when his father was in the navy. The family moved back to Arkansas when he was very young. He attended the University of Arkansas graduating with a B.A in Chemistry. He then moved to Los Angeles to attend graduate school at UCLA where he received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in. He was the Founding Director of the UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center (1984-1997) and was an Associate Director of the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) from 1998 to 2010. He also was a Senior Advisor in the Department of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences. Dr. Anglin received awards throughout his career from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Western Society of Criminology, The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, and many others for his work.

His work took him all over the country and many parts of the world where he presented papers on Drug Addiction and Treatment. He also wrote and co-authored hundreds of papers on the subject. His work was cited thousands of times by other researchers. Thousands of patients and generations of students benefited from his dedication and expertise.

Doug was an expert skier and a voracious reader. He loved sailing, hang gliding, swimming, camping and even jumped out of a perfectly good airplane a few times. He was always the “camp director” organizing trips and getting things done.

His two main loves were his work and his hundreds of friends. Everyone loved Doug dearly admiring his intellect, work ethic, and willingness to help friends, colleagues, and anyone he met in whatever way he could. He was a true friend in every sense of the word.

Doug is survived by siblings Priscilla Farmer and Stephen Anglin in Arkansas and Kent Anglin and his wife, Rebecca, in North Carolina. He was predeceased by his parents, Melvin Dixon Anglin and Daisy Prentice Anglin and brother, David Anglin.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ardis Moe, Dr. Deanna Anthoney, Jack Seinfeld and Fredi Levitt for their caring and friendship over the years.

In lieu of flowers, a donation made to Planned Parenthood would be appreciated by family and friends.