Tom and Laura Rockwell
"Many of us have benefited greatly from RAND's willingness to take a chance on young researchers trying to work on new, not-yet-fashionable ideas. I am funding the Rockwell Prize for the development of innovative policy analysis to try in a small way to pass on to a new generation some of the blessings that RAND's faith in me helped bring into my own life. We hope other alumni will find ways, great or small, to help RAND continue to fund the new research and researchers who will make the company's future as illustrious as the past 60 years have been."
— Tom Rockwell helped to launch RAND Health in the 1960s and served as its first director. He left RAND in the mid-1970s, created the nation's largest emergency-physician group practice, and cofounded the Lifetime cable television network. Laura Rockwell, the former chief financial officer of the early Internet start-up GeoCities, is a principal, with Tom, of Cyrcon Builders LP, a firm that specializes in the construction of medical facilities. The firm's clients include the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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