Marriages


GAIL E. DE LUCA ’81 and Joel P. Neu

LISA RUCKEL ’89 and Christofor Scott Tella

JOHN WILLIAM PARKER III ’90 and KELLY MARGARET SMITH ’94

CAROLINE RHOADES KING ’92 and Shane Acevedo

ELBA M. VILLACORTA ’93 and Jason L. Grant

JAMES PATRICK LORD ’94 and Julia (Meng-Shan) Wu

MATT BAILEY ’97 and JANA DAGURO ’97



Births


EDGAR CURRY ’65 and Kim Curry, a daughter, Olivia Catherine, who joins her two brothers, Dexter, 2, and Andrew, 15, and a sister, Molly, 35

SEAN T. OSBORN ’80 and Denise Osborn, a daughter, Natalie Virginia. She joins sisters Brenna, Caroline and Lauren

ALBERT E. PEACOCK III ’80, JD ’83, and Robyn L. Peacock, a son, Chancellor Robert. He joins brother Albert IV, 1

TIM AGAJANIAN ’83 and DEBBIE (MURACHANIAN) AGAJANIAN ’86, a son, Charles Edward. He joins brother Jake, 6, and sister Jordan, 4. They are the grandchildren of Edward N. Murachanian DDS ’58 and the niece and nephews of Edward M. Murachanian DDS ’92, Donna (Mura-chanian) Caruso ’92 and Marc Caruso ’92

PAUL J. VERCAMMEN JR. ’83 and Debra Cochrane-Vercammen, a daughter, Brooke Caroline. She joins brother Cole Jamison, 5, and is the great grandniece of P. Paul Riparetti ’39, MD ’43

SUSAN WRIGHT ’83, JD ’87, and CRAIG STEELE ’84, JD ’92, a daughter, Kelly Lyn. She is the niece of Scott Steele ’81 and the sister of future Trojans Mitchell and Tyler

CRAIG CRAWLEY ’84 and DANA (SEELEY) CRAWLEY ’84, a daughter, Blake Catherine. She is the niece of Jamie (Seeley) Friedrich MA ’85 and goddaughter of Holly Houska ’84. She joins her sisters, Alexandra and Kendalle, and brother, Reed

CATHY VERMEER DECUIR ’84 and Larry B. Decuir, a son, Spencer Ferguson. He joins brother Austin Reynolds, 6

DEBORAH (HALL) OSLICK ’85 and HARVEY OSLICK ’87, MS ’93, a daughter, Marissa Clare. She joins her 4-year-old sister, Sarah. They are the nieces of Marci Oslick ’82 and Rochelle Oslick MS ’87

CRAIG S. SUNADA ’85 and SHARI Y. SUNADA ’87, a daughter, Kathryn Lily, sister of Lindsay and niece of Mark K. Sunada ’83 and David Yang DDS ’95

THOMAS AUSTIN ’86, MS ’87, PhD ’92, and TRACI (BROWN) AUSTIN ’89, a daughter, Elise Ysanne

JANE BELL LINDSAY ’86 and MARK E. LINDSAY MD ’87, a daughter, Catherine Ann. She joins sister Anne and brother Matthew. They are the grandchildren of Tom Bell ’51 and the nieces and nephew of David Bell ’92

MARK LYMAN HOTRA ’88 and Corrina Hotra, a daughter, Rebecca Joy, granddaughter of Bruce Hotra ’60 and Joyce (Lyman) Hotra ’61, niece of Todd Hotra ’90 and grandniece of Walter Hotra ’55

WILLIAM J. PROBERT JR. MPA ’88 and Michele Probert, a daughter, Gillian Irene. She joins sisters Andrea, 2, and Cassy, 19. They are the grandchildren of William J. Probert Sr. ’54, MPA ’55, and Shirley G. Probert MLS ’72, and the nieces of Gregory L. Probert ’79 and Louise Probert ’81

BELINDA BARKER-ROTH ’89 and Michael Roth, a daughter, Isabella Katerina, who joins sister Michaela Elizabeth

WENDY (ASHER) CENDRO ’89 and Sam Cendro, a daughter, Stephanie, sister of Samantha, 2

KATHARINE (BRADBURY) SOUZA ’89 and Jeffrey Souza, a daughter, Claire Isabelle. She is the niece of Tony Bradbury ’87 and James Bradbury ’95

JOANNE ERICKSON JOHNSEN ’90 and Michael Johnsen, a daughter Sara Catherine

ERIN (COX) PARKHURST ’90 and William T. Parkhurst, a son, Andrew Denman. He joins sister Mary Katherine, 3

ADAM D. SMITH ’90 and STEPHANIE A. (HILTON) SMITH MA ’90, a son, Ethan James. He joins his brother Zachary and his sister Molly.

PETER A. WOLD ’90 and Lisa Wold, a daughter, Storm Anjolie

GINA (D’AMORE) BARONE ’91 and GREG BARONE ’92, a daughter, Michaela Grace

SCOTT MULLET ’91 and JENELLE (MARSH) MULLET ’91, a daughter, Miranda Elizabeth

INGRID (CARLSON) BRUDER ’92 and Albert Bruder, a son, John Thomas. He is the grandson of Jim and Judith Ann (Anderson) Carlson ’58 and the nephew of Eric J. Carlson ’89 and Jennifer (Boles) Carlson ’90

MARKEL (TISDALE) MERZ ’92 and Eric Merz, a son, Jacob Bauer. He is the grandson of Jerry Merz ’65

KAREN (FULLENWIDER) FOGERSON ’92 and JAMES FOGERSON ’93, a son, John Alexander. He is the grandson of Kenneth Fullenwider ’62

JAMES FREDERICK OBERACKER ’91, MS ’95, and Trisha Rinella Oberacker, a daughter, Lauren Faith. She is the granddaughter of Martin Frederick Oberacker ’62 and Margo Ellen Nagle Oberacker ’63 and the great-granddaughter of James Jerome Ignatius Nagle ’31

JANICE (WEI) CARVETTE ’96 and Brian Carvette, a son, Anthony Tyler

STEPHANIE CHESTER-WATKINS MPA ’97 and Vernon R. Watkins Jr., a son, Elijah J.C. He joins brother Ricky, 16. They are the nephews of Celeste (Watkins) Wall ’81

JENNIFER (STEIN) PREWITT ’97 and George Phillip Prewitt Jr., a son, Jack Phillip. He is the grandson of George P. Prewitt Sr. MS ’69 and the nephew of Jerry Henry MS ’84



Deaths


STEPHEN C. BILHEIMER
’26, of Los Angeles; May 22, at the age of 96. He was a long-time civic leader in Southern California who served USC as president of the Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees. Born in Arkadelphia, Ark., on June 23, 1903, he moved to Southern California as a young man with his father and sister. After graduating from South Pasadena High School, he attended USC, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He later received an Honorary Doctorate from Woodbury College. Bilheimer was an associate of Phelps-Terkel, Ltd. for many years and was also president and chairman of Silverwoods, Inc. In 1969-70, he was president of the USC Alumni Association. He was also a Past Trustee of the USC Board of Trustees. He was a founding member of the 100 Club and a member of the Los Angeles Country Club, the California Club, the Masons and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Other contributions of his time and service included the directorship of the President’s Board of Pepperdine University, the President’s Council of the California Institute of Technology and the Bishop’s Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. In addition to leading the USC Alumni Association, Bilheimer was at one time president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Airport Commission, the Los Angeles Rotary club #5, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, the Los Angeles Stock Exchange Club, the Central City Association, the Southern California Visitors Council, Republican Associates (and honorary trustee) and the California Museum of Science and Industry. He also served on the board of directors of California Federal Savings and Loan, the Hospital of the Good Samaritan, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, the Metropolitan YMCA, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association. Bilheimer is survived by a brother, Jack S. Bilheimer, of Altadena, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Flave and Alex Pisciotta Jr. of San Marcos, Calif.; a son and daughter-in-law, Peter C. and Penny Bilheimer of Savannah, Ga.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

PAUL A. DEWHIRST DDS ’26, of Folsom, Calif.; in February 1998, at the age of 93. A career in dentistry included serving as a member of the faculty at the USC School of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry. His wife of 70 years, Elba, passed away last year. Survivors include a son, Paul Dewhirst Jr. DDS ’56, a daughter, Marilyn Dewhirst-Shumate, and a granddaughter, Cathye Dewhirst-Curreri ’77.

WILLIAM JAMES WORTHINGTON ’28, MA ’32, of Inglewood, Calif.; Feb. 28, at the age of 93. He was a teacher and golf coach at Inglewood High School for 41 years, and a long-time contributor to the Mildred Wellborn Scholarship in the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances, two daughters, four grandchildren and a great-grandson.

BERMA VICKREY ’29 in October 1999 and CHARLES VICKREY ’31 in December 1999; they lived in Tucson, Ariz. The couple met while attending USC and were married in 1934. For 40 years they owned and operated Wood’s Pharmacy in Peoria, Ariz., where Charles Vickrey served as the first elected mayor. The Vickreys had just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary prior to Mrs. Vickrey’s death.

RAYMOND LEE GEILER ’31, of Newport Beach, Calif.; Dec. 14, 1999; at the age of 90. He was a chemist who taught in the USC School of Dentistry, later becoming president of Maas Chemical Co. of South Gate, Calif., and serving on the board of directors of Victor and Stauffer chemical companies. He was married to Bettie Maas ’34, the daughter of USC pharmacy professor Arthur Maas. Geiler was a Shriner, a Mason and a member of the 20-30 Club. As a member of Rotary, he received the Paul Harris Award, one of its highest distinctions. He was a member of the Associates, Cardinal & Gold, the Scholarship Club and the Trojan Club. He is survived by Georgiana “Bettie” Geiler, his wife of 65 years, two children, six grandchildren (all graduates of USC) and eight great-grandchildren.

EUGENE “GENE” H. DUCKWALL ’33, of Arcadia, Calif.; Feb. 19, at the age of 93. For 31 years he was business manager and vice president in charge of media and research in the Hollywood, San Francisco and Los Angeles offices of Foote, Cone & Belding, an advertising agency. Advertising education was a primary interest of Duckwall’s. In 1964, in conjunction with the Southern California Council of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, he was largely responsible for establishing the Institute of Advanced Advertising Studies at USC’s Graduate School of Management. As a student at USC, he was business manager of the Daily Trojan and served as president of Theta Chi and Alpha Delta Sigma fraternities. In 1980, USC’s Andrus Gerontology Center called on Duckwall and his wife, Jo, to star in a film, Growing Up, Growing Older, to be used nationwide in schools to dispel stereotypes of older people. The film was shown before Congress and the couple was featured in stories about the project that appeared in Modern Maturity magazine and USC Trojan Family Magazine. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo, and his only daughter, Carol Sibley. Surviving are two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister.

HARVEY ADAMS HARKNESS ’30, LLB ’33, of Laguna Hills, Calif.; Jan. 5, at the age of 91. He enjoyed a distinguished legal career all the while remaining active in civic and philanthropic organizations. As a student at USC, he was captain of the gymnastics team, specializing on the horizontal bars. His freshman year he became a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, where he held many offices, including that of president in 1930. As the “Magister,” or pledge trainer, of Sigma Chi, Harkness was responsible for training the pledge class, which included one Marion Michael Morrison – who later changed his name to John Wayne. Harkness’ roommate in the Sig house was Buster Crabbe, the 1932 Olympic medalist in swimming who had a brief stint starring in Hollywood as Tarzan. In 1941, Harkness helped to found the Trojan Sig Foundation, which funded the construction of the Sigma Chi house located on the Row. He is survived by his three children, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

VIVIAN JORDAN ’33, of Claremont, Calif.; Dec. 24, 1999, at the age of 88. She was a Methodist minister’s wife for 51 years. With her USC degree in music education, she directed church youth choirs, played piano and organ and served on a multitude of church service organizations. She is survived by two sons and a sister.

HAROLD E. SHERMAN DDS ’35, of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; April 10. His greatest love was USC football.

HOMER BEATTY ’37, MS ’52, of Long Beach, Calif.; March 16, at the age of 84. He was a three-year USC football letterman who went on to coach three national championship junior college and college teams. After prepping at Bakersfield (Calif.) High, he played halfback for Coach Howard Jones at USC in 1934, ’35 and ’36. His coaching career began at Porterville (Calif.) High and then Bakersfield (where he coached future USC and NFL great Frank Gifford ’56) before moving up to the junior college ranks. He led Bakersfield College to a 53-7-3 record from 1953 to 1958, including 12-0 (capped by a Junior Rose Bowl victory) and winning the junior college national championship in his first year there. He then coached Santa Ana College to a 29-7-1 mark from 1959 to 1962, finishing the 1962 season with a 10-0 record, the junior college national championship and a Junior Rose Bowl victory. Next, Beatty led Cal State Los Angeles to a 25-2 record from 1963 to 1965, where he won the 1964 NCAA College Division UPI national championship and the 1965 NCAA College Division West Region championship with a win in the Camelia Bowl. He was inducted into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. He is survived by his son and three grandchildren.

DAVID W. WILLIAMS LLB ’37, of Los Angeles; May 6, of pneumonia, at the age of 90. He was the first black federal judge west of the Mississippi. He was a lifelong Republican who fought civil rights battles in the 1940s and ’50s and took on difficult assignments as a judge, including presiding over about 4,000 criminal cases stemming from the 1965 Watts riots. Although he took senior status 20 years ago – meaning he could work as little as he wanted without jeopardizing his pay – Williams remained an active member of the U.S. district court in Los Angeles until his death. A native of Atlanta, Ga., he grew up in South-Central Los Angeles. After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1929, he worked his way through UCLA and law school at USC by mopping bank floors and running errands at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. As a lawyer in the 1940s, he joined a small group of black attorneys who worked with Thurgood Marshall, then head of the legal defense arm of the NAACP, to fight the restrictive covenants that barred minorities from residence in many parts of Los Angeles. Williams was appointed to the Municipal Court in 1956 and to the Superior Court in 1963. He was elevated to federal district court in 1969 after his nomination by President Nixon. He took senior status in 1981. He is survived by two sons and two grandchildren.

ADAH JACOBS KELLEY ’40, of Lake Forest, Ill.; Oct. 10, 1999. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She met her husband, Ed Kelley, while they attended USC, and had been married for 60 years. She is survived by her husband, two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

GEORGE G. MOODY ’40, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; May 21, of cardiac arrest, at the age of 83. He was an active and devoted alumnus who throughout his adult life recruited countless others to join the Trojan Family. He graduated from Springfield (Ill.) High School in 1935 and was offered an academic scholarship to USC, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity (where he also served as president), Blue Key, Skull and Dagger and the University Senate. After earning his bachelor’s degree in cinematography, he became a special effects artist at MGM Studios. He later joined the Army Air Corps and worked as special assistant to Philip Jessup, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, then headquartered in Paris. During this time he also completed a master’s degree in international relations at The Hague. Foreign service appointments followed in South Africa and Washington, D.C. In the mid-1950s, Moody returned to his native Illinois, working in management positions in Chicago steel and metal companies. At all these locales, he enthusiastically recruited students for USC. His volunteer work for the university took a more formal turn when, in 1959, he founded the USC Midwest Alumni Club. His contributions to the university included serving as president of the USC Associated Alumni Clubs in 1977-78. He is survived by his brother, Dwight L. Moody, of Dow, Ill., and a nephew.

ROBERT L. BLACKMAN ’42, MEd ’52, of Palmetto Dunes (Hilton Head Island), S.C.; March 17, at the age of 81. He was a football coach who began his career as an assistant freshman coach for USC and the San Diego Naval Training Station team. He also held coaching positions at Monrovia (Calif.) High School, Pasadena (Calif.) City College, the University of Denver, Dartmouth, the University of Illinois and Cornell, where he was the first coach in the nation to hold an endowed chair in football. Blackman was past president of the American Football Coaches Association, and received many honors, including the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, induction into the College Football Hall of Fame and Century Club Sports Hall of Fame, the Sportsmanship Award by the Eastern Football Officials Association and the “Timmie Award” by the Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C. In 1969, Springfield College named him as the “Greatest Modern Day Coach” and, in 1970, the Washington Pigskin Club named him NCAA Coach of the Year. Dartmouth College honored Blackman by conferring upon him an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He was one of the few coaches in history to have more than 200 victories as a head college coach. He coached winning teams in the Hula Bowl, American Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and Blue-Gray Game. At USC, he graduated cum laude and was a member of Phi Delta Kappa society and Sigma Chi fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was preceded in death by a son, Gary, in 1995. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Katharine “Kay” Wilson Blackman, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

ROLAND LOGAN RUSSELL ’42, of Laguna Beach, Calif.; Nov. 29, 1999, of cardiac arrest, at the age of 80. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corp, commissioned at Yale University, as an engineering officer, where he used his architectural training to design prototype war rooms for sub depots in the Air Service Command. He practiced architecture for more than 50 years in Los Angeles and Newport Beach. He was active in the American Institute of Architects, Rotary Club International, Scottish Rite and Shrine. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Myvanwy Russell ’45, MEd ’78, son Douglas Russell ’77 and daughter Glynis Russell Colosimo ’79.

HORTENSE “BUDDY” FRAIDE HICKEY ’44, of Carlsbad, Calif.; March 26, at the age of 76. She taught elementary school and enjoyed singing in various church choirs. She is survived by her husband, Justin B. Hickey ’49, sons, daughters and grandchildren.

RUTH “DEE” SIMPSON MA ’44, of Redlands, Calif.; Jan. 19, at the age of 81. She was an archaeologist who worked alongside famed Louis Leakey and was herself recognized as a leading contributor to the field. For much of her career, which spanned more than 55 years, Simpson undertook research that provided insights into the migratory patterns and developing skills of early man. Excavations in the Mojave Desert – specifically the Calico Early Man Site near Barstow, Calif. – and the mountains of Southern California led her to determine that early man followed animals, rather than vice versa, and was in North America at least 100,000 years ago. At the time of her death, she was curator emeritus of archaeology at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, where she was a fixture for more than 35 years. After retiring in 1982 as the San Bernardino archaeologist and curator of archaeology at the museum, she continued working as a volunteer director of the Calico excavations until she was debilitated by a series of strokes last October. She and Leakey were primary participants at an international conference at the museum and San Bernardino Valley College in 1970, which drew the leading archaeologists, geologists and prehistorians of the time.

KATHERINE “KAY” MARSHALL PLUNKETT ’45, of Canoga Park, Calif.; Jan. 15, at the age of 73. She was an accomplished opera singer and devoted wife and mother. At USC, she appeared in leading operatic roles and later continued her studies at the Music Academy of Santa Barbara. She met her future husband, Charles, while both were working at Santa Monica Hospital; they were married in 1953. Despite working full time and raising a family, her career in opera was recognized when she was selected to receive the Stairway Award, given by the Santa Monica School District and the Santa Monica Music Arts Society. Former winners of the award include Glenn Ford, Leo Carrillo and Doug McClure. From 1966 to 1976, Plunkett and her family made their home in West Germany, where she performed in operas in that country and in Austria. In 1969, she returned to Southern California long enough to appear as a guest soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Upon her permanent return in 1976, she participated in a conference titled “The Opera Scene” at USC. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Charles, two children and three grandchildren.

GILBERT MILTON BURNS ’47, of Burbank, Calif.; March 1.

HAROLD D. PADDOCK Jr. ’47, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Feb. 27, at the age of 79. His undergraduate years at USC – where he was a member of Delta Chi and of the golf and hockey teams – were interrupted by World War II. After serving in the Army Air Corps he returned to campus to complete his degree. He followed Trojan athletics his entire adult life. Survivors include his son, Harold III.

JOHN W. STALLINGS ’47, MEd ’48, PhD ’58, of Corona, Calif.; Feb. 25, of Parkinson’s disease, at the age of 76. He was professor emeritus and former chairman of education policy and administration at the USC Rossier School of Education whose research directly influenced school districts throughout California and beyond. His 1962 book, California School Finance, provided a comprehensive analysis of the school budgeting process and remains the basic text for courses in school finance at nearly every college and university in the state. He began his career in education teaching in elementary, junior high and senior high schools, eventually serving as superintendent of the Corona-Norco Unified School District in Riverside County from 1963 to 1969. Following his resignation as superintendent, his colleagues in the district voted to name an elementary school in his honor. After joining the USC faculty in 1969, Stallings went on to serve at every academic level, from professor and chair of the division of educational policy and administration (then called the department of administration and supervision) to interim dean of the school. As division chair, he organized and taught graduate programs in education administration for the U.S. Department of Defense schools in Europe and Asia. A charter member of the Rossier School support group EDUCARE, he was awarded emeritus status when he retired from teaching in 1996. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dina; son Kim; daughters Julie and Share; two grandchildren; and two sisters.

HANS B. “BUD” PETERSEN MEd ’48, of Tucson, Ariz.; May 7, 1999, at the age of 82. He was a football and track coach for 30 years with the Pomona (Calif.) Unified School District, retiring in 1976. He was a World War II Air Force veteran, serving in the Pacific. As an undergraduate he played football at UC Berkeley and was a member of its 1938 Rose Bowl team. Petersen was also head football coach of the Clarksfield ACPACS football team; a talent scout for the San Francisco 49ers; and football, cross country and track coach at Ganesha High School. He is survived by his wife, Maxine, a daughter and son, and a brother and sister.

MARTIN J. LITVIN ’49, of Galesburg, Ill.; Jan. 29, of a heart attack, at the age of 71. He was the author of more than a dozen fiction books and biographies focusing on the heritage of the Galesburg, Ill., region and his personal Jewish heritage. He said his books relied on historical research to focus on forgotten people and forgotten stories. He was born and reared in Galesburg, spent time in the Army, then lived in New York, where he wrote a newsletter for a brokerage house and was a freelance journalist for Galesburg and Knoxville newspapers. At age 44, he moved back to Galesburg, settling down on a farm to be a full-time writer. He published and sold his works – which he termed his “Prairie/Jewish fiction” – himself. His 1981 book, The Journey, a nonfiction account of August Bondi, a Jewish immigrant who settled in Kansas, rode with John Brown and fought in the Civil War, received a Silver Medal for Excellence in Scholarship and Research from the John Brown Society. The book inspired a symphonic work by Bruce Polay of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony and premiered in 1995. In 1997, Litvin published his autobiography, The Inept Apprentice: A Recollection. His most recent work was Audacious Pilgrim, the Story of Meyer Levin, a Chicago writer. Litvin’s admirers included newsman and author Robert MacNeil, formerly of public TV’s “MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour,” who called him “one of the most natural storytellers I have ever encountered.” He is survived by his friend, Anna Johnson.

DELLA H. BLAKEWAY MEd ’52, of Novato, Calif.; Dec. 24, 1999, at the age of 84.

DON G. FONTANA ’53, MA ’63, of Orange, Calif.; April 12, of complications due to Alzheimer’s disease, at the age of 69. He was Minister of Music, formerly at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove and more recently at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, two sons and twin daughters.

ARCHIE R. CROUCH MA ’54, of Pinehill, N.M.; Sept. 10, 1999, at the age of 90.

PHYLLIS MARLENE PSALTIS ’55, of Glendale, Calif.; Dec. 3, 1999, of natural causes, at the age of 67. The former school teacher was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and a devoted Trojan. Survivors include former husband Tony Psaltis ’56, a basketball player and assistant head coach at USC; sons Spiro Psaltis ’81 and Arthur Psaltis ’84, and daughter Katherine Psaltis ’84; and four grandchildren.

HAROLD EUGENE “GENE” RICE DDS ’58, of Midway, Utah; April 18, at the age of 69. He served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Following graduation from USC dental school, he practiced dentistry in La Mirada, Calif., until he moved with his family to Provo, Utah, in 1978. He was actively involved in real estate development in California, Arizona and Utah. He is survived by his wife, Jody, three children, his mother, two brothers, a sister and nine grandchildren.

DANIEL ESCUDERO ’59, of Culver City, Calif.; March 24, at the age of 68. He was an architect who, with his partner, designed the new USC track stadium seating area. He was a member of the USC Mexican American Alumni Association. Survivors include his wife, Diane.

JOSEPH PERRY WILLIS ’59, MA ’61, of San Diego, Calif.; Dec. 15, 1999, at the age of 73. He taught at Palomar College for almost 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy.

HANAKO “HANA” FUKUDA ’60, of Ventura, Calif.; Jan. 12, at the age of 94. A native of Japan, she came to North America prior to World War II to pursue training in music education at San Diego State College and the Toronto Conservatory. Following her enrollment at USC, she served for more than 30 years on the staff of the University Bookstore, where she became a beloved friend and counselor to generations of students and faculty. A world traveler in pursuit of her interest in lullabies and other children’s music, Fukuda published a collection, Songs and Stories of Japanese Children, which was used in the Los Angeles public schools, as well as a children’s biography of the Japanese poet Basho, Wind in My Hand. In retirement, she remained a devoted supporter of USC. A scholarship has been endowed in her name at the USC Rossier School of Education. She is survived by three sisters and a niece.

THOMAS RAYMOND VIANI ’60, of Pasadena Calif.; Feb. 23. A career in the oil industry included 24 years with ARCO. He is survived by his wife, Carol, of 40 years, his brother, William Viani MA ’70, six nieces and nephews, including Peter Viani ’00, two grand nephews and a grand niece.

SHIRLEY G. PROBERT MEd ’64, MLS ’72, of Carlsbad, Calif.; Feb. 1, at the age of 71. She was a reference librarian for the libraries of Los Angeles County-Hacienda Heights, the City of Anaheim, the City of Carlsbad, and was the inaugural director of circulation at the Scottsdale City Library. She is survived by three children, William J. Probert Jr., MPA ’88, Gregory L. Probert ’79 and Dianne M. Probert, and six grandchildren.

CHRISTINE MARIE TABER MFA ’95, of Venice, Calif.; April 19, in a traffic accident while riding her bicycle at the age of 32. She was an artist whose talent was first recognized by art critic Peter Plagens ’62 at the Erie Art Museum in Pennsylvania, where she received his Juror’s Award. Her works can be seen at the William Turner Gallery in Venice. She is survived by her parents, Paul and Lindsey Taber, her sister Cathy, her brother Norman and her partner Kevin Anderson. The Taber and Anderson families request that donations be sent to the Chris Taber Art Scholarship Fund, Argyle Central School, Sheridan Street, Argyle, NY 12809.

RICHARD DOUGLAS BERRY, of Los Angeles; Feb. 19, of cancer, at the age of 73. He was an architect and urban planner who taught city planning and urban design for 25 years at USC’s School of Architecture. Working with USC colleague Ralph Knowles, Berry helped to develop the concept of a “solar envelope,” or the largest volume that can be erected on a parcel of land without casting shadows on neighboring buildings and thus interfering with their “sun rights.” The result, he said, would be “a city . . . both more humane and more urbane.” Berry designed community plans for Baldwin Hills, Inglewood, Irvine, Oxnard, Santa Monica, Santa Rosa and South Gate in California. Other major planning projects included a small-craft harbor in Redondo Beach; redevelopment of downtown Denver; the Clifton Springs Resort in Melbourne, Australia; and the Los Angeles Apparel Mart and Trade Center. He won Progressive Architecture magazine’s Urban Design Award for his plan to revitalize the city core of Cincinnati, Ohio. He joined the USC faculty in 1963 and won the rank of full professor in 1975. At USC, he conducted studies exploring the nature of the design process, team problem-solving behavior, and planning methodologies applicable to the building of new communities. Berry was the author or co-author of numerous technical planning and design studies, articles and research monographs. He was awarded the American Institute of Architects Medal in 1956. He retired from teaching and research in 1987. He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, four nieces, three grand nieces and one grand nephew.

JUDITH MANNING GRAYSON, of Claremont, Calif.; May 31, at the age of 62, at the LAC+USC Medical Center after she was struck by a bus while crossing an intersection near the University Park Campus. She was director of teacher education at the USC Rossier School of Education. Grayson earned her Ph.D. in special education from the Rossier School in 1973. She returned to the university in 1978 as director of the school’s Regional Resource Center and to serve as an adjunct assistant professor in the department of special education. Appointed director for academic affairs in 1985, she oversaw the school’s continuing education program, helped implement the school’s development plan and worked as a liaison between the university and school committees in shaping curriculum. After serving as assistant dean for student relations and academic operations during academic year 1990-91, she was named director of the teacher education program in the Rossier School’s Division of Learning and Instruction. She held that post for the last nine years. Survivors include her parents, Hamor and Eleanor Manning, of Whittier, Calif., and sister, Linda Manning Cowman, of Redondo Beach, Calif. A memorial service was held June 14 in the United University Church. Contributions may be sent to the Grayson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Advancement Office, USC Rossier School of Education, 1103 Waite Phillips Hall, Los Angeles CA 90089-0031.

ELSBETH KAHN, of Rancho Dominguez, Calif.; April 22, at the age of 79. She was an emeritus associate professor of family medicine and an emeritus core faculty member of Introduction to Clinical Medi-cine. She was born in Munich, Germany, and came to the United States as a teenager. Kahn was awarded her Ph.D. degree from Brandeis University, concentrating on medical sociology and research. She came to USC in 1970. With an appointment in USC’s School of Social Work and the department of family medicine, she was an expert in family dynamics, aging, basic counseling skills, psychosocial aspects of illness and death and dying. Kahn served as the liaison and adviser for social work students at LAC+USC Medical Center from 1971 to 1980. She was a founding member of the Medical Faculty Women’s Association. She was predeceased by her sister, Ella Blank, who was also a social worker, and is survived by her brother, Bernard Kahn, and his family. Gifts in Kahn’s memory can be made to an emergency loan fund for USC medical students created in her honor when she retired. Contact Linda Lewis at (323) 442-1015 for information.

ELLIS B. KOHS, of Los Angeles; May 24, of leukemia, at the age of 84. He led a distinguished dual career as a composer and a USC emeritus professor. The author of 10 orchestral works, he served as chair of the theory and composition department for more than 20 years during his time at USC from 1950 to 1988. He also acted as a dean of the music school in the late 1960s. Before joining the USC faculty, Chicago-born Kohs studied at four institutions – the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Julliard School, the University of Chicago and Harvard University – and held teaching positions at three other universities. From 1943 to 1946 he served as a band leader in the U.S. Army. Kohs composed two symphonies, various concertos and two operas, Lord of the Ascendant and Amerika, which was inspired by Franz Kafka’s novel. While his work has been recorded on compact discs and frequently performed, Kohs found teaching as a way to extend his breadth of knowledge on a more personal level. As the author of three music textbooks, it was his interest in literature that made his teaching particularly memorable for students. He is survived by a cousin. A memorial service will be held on the USC campus in the fall.

RICHARD N. LOLLEY, of Pasadena, Calif.; April 3, of a heart attack, at the age of 66. He was a professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC whose early research helped to found the field of neurochemistry. The discovery by Lolley and his colleagues nearly 30 years ago that a single molecule, cyclic GMP, was of crucial importance in vision formed the basis for understanding the mechanisms that result in diminished vision and blindness. Before joining USC six years ago as a professor of cell and neurobiology and ophthalmology, and associate dean for scientific affairs, he had served for 30 years on the faculty at UCLA, where he was chair of the department of anatomy and cell biology. Besides his widow, Cheryl Craft, who was his collaborator and is chair of the department of cell and neurobiology at USC, he is survived by daughters Melissa of Santa Barbara, Cybele of Oakland and Emily Lolley-Kohl of Prescott, Ariz.; sisters Catherine Burke and Ellen Rangel, both of Overland Park, Kan.; a brother, Gregg Lolley of Stafford, Mo.; and Craft’s sons, Tyler Cormney of Venice Beach, Calif., and Ryan Cormney of Seattle, Wash. The family has established a memorial endowment fund to provide travel awards for young scientists to attend the annual scientific meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Contributions, made payable to “USC (Lolley Memorial),” can be sent to the Department of Cell and Neurobiology, 1333 San Pablo St., BMT401, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9112.

NANCY McKEY, of Madison, Wis.; Feb. 27, at the age of 60, from lung cancer. She was the former assistant director of the USC School of Journalism, known for her professional demeanor and sense of advocacy. McKey, who left the university in 1996, also served as president of the USC Staff Assembly, Staff Club and Faculty Center Board of Directors and director of University Events. She was named Staff Member of the Year in the early ’90s. She was an integral part of the School of Journalism, where she served as assistant director from 1984 to 1996. McKey also demonstrated a great deal of commitment to members of her family, whom she was able to see much more often after moving to Wisconsin following her retirement from USC. She enjoyed reading, watching movies, traveling, playing bridge and spending time with her grandchildren, teaching them show tunes and taking them on walks and to museums. Her love of biographies was an extension of her girlhood habit of preserving celebrity photos in scrapbooks. Her biographies will be donated to a Madison hospice. McKey is survived by her parents, Everette and Virginia Kahl, her daughter and son, her brother and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

ROBERT J. PASAROW, of Beverly Hills, Calif.; Jan. 13, of complications from Parkinson’s disease, at the age of 82. A leading Southern California businessman and philanthropist, he was president of USC’s Norris Cancer Research Association and gave substantially to the Keck School of Medicine of USC. A chair has been established in his honor at the Keck School for research into Parkinson’s disease. He started a food processing business in Los Angeles, CHB Foods, which processed a wide variety of foods and grew steadily. In his later years, Pasarow supervised the activities of the Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation, which annually awards substantial prizes for medical research. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Claire, his four children, his sister, 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His brother, Alan, preceded him in death.

JOHN LEROY “JACK” WEST JR., of Hollywood, Calif.; Oct. 20, 1999, at the age of 83. He was a lifelong friend of USC, a Presi-dential Associate and a major donor to the USC Institute of Genetic Medicine. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and entered the University of Utah in 1934, where he was active in Army ROTC and Beta Theta Pi and graduated with a B.S. degree in business administration in 1938. In 1940, he joined the Army and began preparation for service in World War II. He crossed into Europe on Utah Beach at Normandy and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon returning from overseas, he and his first wife, Margaret, settled in Hollywood, where he joined the Farmers Insurance Group. He retired from the company in 1982 after 36 years of service. His allegiance to USC was born from the assistance he received from the university’s placement office in finding this job, in spite of the fact that he was not an alumnus. West and his wife were married for 54 years, until Margaret’s death in 1995. In 1988, he donated a bench to USC, located on the east side of Von KleinSmid Center, in her memory. While with Farmers Insurance, West joined the California National Guard and was called to active duty in Korea in 1950, serving for two years, with 650 men under his command. He retired from the Guard in 1959 as a Colonel. Further military service included the California State Military Reserve, from which he retired in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Cecilia, whom he married in 1996, and his son, John West ’70, MS ’72.


 

 

 

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