Message from Mr. Johnny Adams, Executive Director, Gerontology Research Group:

It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of our leader, teacher, mentor and friend, L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D.  He passed peacefully on Dec 3, 2014.  Steve is in cryopreservation in anticipation of future revival. 

Steve and Natalie Coles' favorite portrait.
Photo of Steve in the Canyons.
Taken by Natalie when they were married on June 30, 2007


His wife Natalie requested that if anyone would like to send anything to her, including cards, pictures, videos, or anything else, send to:
Natalie Coles

Steve's discussion of the world's oldest humans:

GRG Webcasts:

For GRG business or to have a message forwarded to the family you may contact John Adams at JAdams - at - grg .org or call (949) 922-9786.

Click here for L.A. Times obituary

Dr. Stephen Coles passed away on December 3 of complications of pancreatic
cancer. He was 73.

L. [Leslie] Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D, was a Lecturer in Gerontology at the
University California, Los Angeles, in the department of Chemistry and
Biochemistry. Since he started teaching at UCLA in 1986, he taught for the
Computer Science Department, the Surgical Department, and also taught at the
Fiat Lux Program for Freshman.

He tracked the oldest people in the world for over 20 years, and published
the most recent five years of his research in the journal PLoS ONE. Dr.
Coles performed autopsies on 12 “supercentenarians,” people who are 110
years old or older, more than any other pathologist.

He is survived by a wife Natalie, a daughter Electra McBurnie, and one
granddaughter, Cailyn McBurnie.