Nina Foch, who has played Ducky's eccentric mother, Mrs. Victoria Mallard, passed away Friday, December 5, 2008 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from complications of a long-term blood disorder. Ms. Foch, who has had the continuing role of "Mother" to NCIS's Ducky, was 84 years old. In addition Ms. Foch taught two courses a week at USC as part of SC's Master's of fine arts program. Foch was delightful as Ducky's unconventional mom, and I will miss Mrs. Mallard's occasional appearances. I am guessing that the NCIS production will write her passing into the program.