Issue: Autumn 2002
Feathers was recently awarded a “Star of Excellence” from the Los Angeles
chapter of the Urban Land Institute. He heads two firms, Feathers Consulting
Services and Feathers Executive Search, both of which specialize in the real
estate, architectural, construction and commercial interior-design industries.
writing under the name Elizabeth Spurr, is a children’s author with 18 books
to her credit. Three new books were released during the spring and summer
of this year: A Pig Named Perrier and Two Bears Beneath the Stairs, both
picture books; and Surfer Dog, a novel.
Thomas A. Nelson
MS ’53 has been active in transportation products following retirement as
a principal engineer with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
His second book on rail transportation, titled 50 Years of Railroading in
Southern California, an illustrated history of the railroad and rail transit
entities from Santa Barbara to San Diego, has recently been published.
L. Armstrong, a retired U.S. Navy captain , was honored as “Patriot of the
Year” in the 36th annual Patriot’s Day parade in Laguna Beach, Calif., on
Yoshio C. Nakamura MFA ’53 displayed his paintings and graphic works at an exhibition in Santa Fe, N.M., this summer.
Ross MD ’57 spent March as a voluntary advisor in the Central Asian country
of Kyrgyzstan. He assisted two private medical clinics in the city of Osh
in modernizing the business aspects of the clinic, and also delivered lectures
to other medical groups in the area. The assignment was sponsored by Citizens’
Democracy Corps, a wing of the U.S. State Department.
Ernest Horace Horton Jr. PhD is an emeritus professor at Glendale Community College, where he continues to teach part-time.
His paper, “Major Concepts of the Ethiopic Liturgy,” is published online at (www.glendale.edu/philosophy/ethiopic.htm).
R. Terzian was honored by the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
for “exceptional leadership in building board and volunteer support, increasing
community awareness and raising development funds.” He is a public relations
consultant and past president to the Los Angeles Fire Commission.
Hines PharmD was featured in an article in the Los Angeles Daily News, Antelope
Valley Edition, on Feb. 11. The article chronicled his experiences owning
and operating a community pharmacy in Lancaster, Calif.
McEvilly PhD performed all 17 Mozart piano sonatas during a concert at the
Palm Springs Convention Center in April. It was the first time that a pianist
had presented all of the sonatas in one concert.
H. Okamoto JD ’73 was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in April.
Previously he was a partner in the law firm of Okamoto, Wasserman & Torii.
Norman Gumpert PharmD has joined St. Helena Hospital in Deer Park, Calif., as the director of pharmacy.
Artin Nishan Poladin PharmD is a governing board member of Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.
David Breslow PharmD has been named senior vice president of the California Pharmacists Association.
O. Chinn MD ’76 is in private practice as a urologist and prostate cancer
specialist with his father and brother in Arcadia, Calif.
Friedenberg MS became the 2002 national pickleball champion by winning open
singles, doubles and mixed doubles in the National Pickleball Tournament,
held at The Villages, Fla., in April.
Watson MS ’78 recently retired as a commander from the Los Angeles Police
Department after 28 years of service to become the chief of police of the
South Pasadena Police Department. His final assignment at the LAPD was as
department ombuds officer.
C. Gong PharmD, associate professor of clinical pharmacy and director of
residency and fellowship training at the USC School of Pharmacy, was elected
to the board of directors of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists
for a three-year term. The CSHP is a professional society representing approximately
4,000 pharmacists and associates.
K. O’Toole was appointed to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern
District of California (interim). He has extensive experience in prosecuting
federal cases, including those in narcotics, violent crime, public corruption
and insurance fraud.
Michael B. Wolf has been appointed professor at Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, Germany.
T. Gannon MPA was appointed president and chief operating officer of Shaw’s
Supermarkets Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of J. Sainsbury, p.l.c.
Levi Meier PhD ’81 has published his latest book, Seven Heavens: Inspirational
Stories to Elevate Your Soul. In it, he summarizes his 25 years of experience
in psychological counseling for the chronically and terminally ill, as well
as in issues of death and dying.
Terrence S. Lomheim MA, PhD ’78 was named a fellow of the society by the
International Society for Optical Engineering. An engineer at the Aerospace
Corp. U.S.A, he was honored for his achievements in the areas of electro-optical
sensors and visible and infrared imaging system analysis.
Michael Rudolph PharmD, adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy and director
of community practice at the USC School of Pharmacy, was named Pharmacist
of the Year by the Bergen-Brunswig Healthcare Congress for his dedication
to pharmacy practice for more than 25 years.
Minnich was promoted to vice president of the California Wellness Foundation,
a private trust that makes grants for health promotion, wellness education
and disease prevention. She previously served as controller/director of finance.
Shelley E. Reid, special counsel in the entertainment and
new media practice of Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman’s Los Angeles office,
was honored by the Women’s Business Council of the Century City Chamber of
Commerce with its 2002 Women of Achievement Award in the field of law. After
serving as an independent producer and film executive, she most recently
worked as a business affairs executive with the Disney Channel and was the
executive vice president of Voxxy.com, an interactive new media company founded
and run by women and aimed at the teen girl market.
• Bradley R. Williams PharmD edited Reducing Medication Problems in the
Elderly, 2nd edition, in collaboration with the Oldtimers Foundation. He
is an associate professor of clinical pharmacy and clinical gerontology at
the USC School of Pharmacy and Andrus Gerontology Center for the Los Angeles
County Area Agency on Aging. He is also the current chairman of the Commission
in Geriatric Pharmacy.
J. Cohen PharmD was named department chair of pharmacy practice at the Washington
State University College of Pharmacy.
Joe Curtis was promoted to
vice president of sales for DHL WorldWide Express. He began his career with
DHL in 1990 as a sales representative; since then he has been promoted to
area sales manager, regional sales director and vice president of marketing.
He lives with his family in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Tom Edlefsen was recently inducted into the Northern California Tennis
Hall of Fame. In the 1960s, he was twice an All-American at USC and was a
member of the United States Davis Cup Team; at one time he was ranked seventh
nationally. He currently serves as tennis director at the San Francisco Tennis
Roger Gibbs has been named project manager for NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey
mission. He had previously served as the deputy project manager for Odyssey;
prior to launch, he was the flight system manager of the Odyssey Orbiter.
Tim Hammill is the director of clinical laboratories at the UC San Francisco
Medical Center. He lives in Walnut Creek, Calif., with his wife, Sue, and
their daughter, Natalie.
Michael Jann PharmD was named department chair for clinical and administrative
sciences at the Southern School of Pharmacy at Mercer University in Macon,
Brian Kawahara PharmD ’82, chief of pharmacy services at the Jerry L.
Pettis VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., was installed as president-elect
for the Inland Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists in March.
“Rick” Allen MBA, DPA ’84 was named one of eight finalists for selection
as Business Leader of the Year in Pierce County/Tacoma by the South Sound
Business Examiner and the University of Washington-Tacoma business department.
He is currently president of United Way of Pierce County.
O. Aymar MS works for the U.S. Army staff at the Pentagon as a private contractor,
serving as a military satellite communications system analyst. He retired
from the Army in 1998 following a 27-year career.
Leonard R. Borrmann PharmD ’84 has been appointed president and chief
executive officer of Maret Pharmaceuticals in Newport Beach, Calif. He most
recently served as chief executive officer at ACADIA Pharmaceuticals.
Alice P. Gast, vice president for research and associate provost at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, has been elected to the board of directors for the
National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
Clement Reid MM received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Tacoma (Wash.)
Arts Commission for a program featuring premiere performances. In addition,
his composition Northwest Fanfare debuted in February as part of “A Season
of Fanfares” by Harvey Felder and the Tacoma Symphony. He also conducted
the premiere of his composition, Distances, for chamber ensemble on a program
for the Washington State Music Teachers Association.
Helen Cochran has been promoted to the position of executive editor by the
health-related professions division of Reed-Elsevier International, a British
medical textbook and information systems publisher. In her new role, she
will launch the W.B. Saunders imprint into several new medical office-related
markets, develop new courseware for Web-based learning and develop new marketing
tools for Medical Office Information sales channels.
Gayton had two produced screenplays debut in the spring: The Salton Sea with
Val Kilmer and Murder by Numbers with Sanda Bullock.
Calonge PharmD is co-founder of the Thousand Oaks-based Intracom Corp., a
hybrid Internet and medical technology company. The company’s work on MedEcho,
a new product that transmits diagnostic-quality ultrasound images over the
Internet, was featured in an issue of the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Ed Cox PhD is a partner at DoudHausnerVistar, a consulting organization
that offers a range of advisory services for family-owned businesses and
Henschke PharmD, a physician and pharmacist at the Martin’s Point Health
Care Center in Portsmouth, N.H., has earned a master’s degree in medical
management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Mary Strobel JD was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in April.
She had previously served as an assistant city attorney in the Los Angeles
City Attorney’s office.
Steven Travers wrote the biography Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman, which
was released last spring. The book traces Bonds’ childhood and early baseball
career as well as his history-making 2001 season.
Richard Wagner is a visiting and practicing ENT physician in Auckland,
New Zealand. He can be reached at <email@example.com> or 011-649-528-6244.
N. Belk Jr. has been named vice president for promotional technology and
operations at Hothouse Inc., a sports and entertainment promotional marketing
Charles Q. Clay was appointed a judge to the Los
Angeles Superior Court in April. He has worked as a deputy district attorney
in Los Angeles since 1994.
Ken Dallara left his position as director of manufacturing for Raindrip
Inc. to pursue a legal career. He has passed both the California State Bar
and the Federal Patents Bar and plans to specialize in product liability
and intellectual property.
Kevin M. Kenney took command of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Seven
(HS-7) on March 22 in a ceremony held aboard the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville,
Fla. The squadron flies Seahawk helicopters in support of anti-submarine,
anti-surface, naval special warfare, and combat search and rescue missions
for the U.S. Navy.
Tom McCluskey was promoted to vice president/publisher of Biography magazine
in New York City. He was formerly associate publisher of the magazine.
Jack Del Rio Jr. was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Carolina
Panthers football club. He and his wife Linda recently celebrated their 15th
wedding anniversary; they have four children, Lauren, Hope, Aubrey and Luke,
and reside in Charlotte, N.C.
Craig A. Weilin JD ’88 was recently named managing partner of Frandzel
Robins Bloom & Csato LC, where he will continue with his creditors’ rights
and insolvency practice.
(Silver) Gallagher PharmD is clinical pharmacy manager of the pharmacy department
at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. She is in charge
of the decentralized clinical pharmacists, the anticoagulation clinic/cardiovascular
risk reduction center programs, OR satellite and staff education.
Ann Marie Occhipinti was appointed commissioner to the (Calif.) Governor’s
Office of Service and Volunteerism (GO SERV). Presently, she works as a marriage
and family therapist for the Child Welfare Services Stakeholders Group of
the California Department of Social Services. In addition, she consults with
health groups providing services to children.
Rex A. Olson MBA ’01 was promoted to assistant vice president of securities at Pacific Life Insurance Company.
M. France Jr. completed qualification as an engineering duty officer, qualified
in submarines, in April. In May, he completed a four-year tour at Portsmouth
Naval Shipyard highlighted by an assignment as the project superintendent
for an $18 million overhaul of the research submarine USS Dolphin in San
Diego, Calif. His new job is as the program manager’s representative for
the COATS facility, a land-based combat system test facility for the latest
class of fast attack submarines.
Thomas G. Mahnken is the author of Uncovering Ways of War, which examines the track record of U.S. military intelligence in
the years between the two world wars.
Michael S. Stein has joined Equity Management Inc. as senior vice president
of licensing. He most recently served as chief executive officer of E-Zone
Networks Inc. in Canada. He and his wife, Paula, have relocated to Del Mar,
Soares, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Sacramento/Tahoe, was honored as one
of Coldwell Banker International’s top 10 listing associates in the world
at a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, in March.
R. Escalante JD ’96 was recently admitted to practice before the Supreme
Court of the United States. He practices primarily in the areas of construction
defect and real estate litigation with the law firm of Wolfe & Wyman
LLP in Irvine, Calif., and also serves as an adjunct professor at Western
State University College of Law in Fullerton.
was promoted to vice president for publicity and special events at Universal
Pictures Franchise Development. She previously served as executive director.
D. Economon returned to private law practice in January, joining the Washington,
D.C., offices of Koltun & King PC in an of-counsel capacity.
J. Karel MA, PhD ’94 is the co-author (with Suzann Ogland-Hand and Margaret
Gatz) of Assessing and Treating Late-Life Depression: A Casebook and Resource
Guide. She is a practicing geropsychologist, clinical supervisor, geropsychology
post-doctoral training director and researcher at the VA Boston (Mass.) Healthcare
System and an instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.
David E. Martin PharmD has been appointed to the position of vice president
for drug development at Panacos Pharmaceuticals in Gaithersburg, Md., a company
focused on the discovery and development of novel antiviral drugs and vaccines.
Previously he served as director of clinical pharmacology at Bristol-Myers
Carol Hong MS ’97, PharmD/MBA ’01 has joined the staff of Advance PCS in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lee Beck is an assistant product manager at California Tan Inc. • Kerry Purdue
MPW ’01 has been appointed professor of English at Pasadena College and Saddleback
College. She teaches courses in literature, advanced argument writing and
creative composition. She is currently marketing her second novel.
C. Quinteros Jr. was promoted to vice president at Goldman Sachs in New York.
He works within Goldman’s global investment research department in technology
stock research and is responsible for coverage of small- and large-capitalization
information technology services companies.
Whitney L. (Sharp)
Rosilez and her husband, Joseph, have opened J. Paul Rosilez Winery in Lockeford,
Calif. The winery specializes in super-premium wines from vineyards throughout
Huffman is the founder of the Orange County-based Summertime Software, which
provides custom software for the financial industry. The company recently
completed its most prosperous year in business to date.
Moore is the co-owner of the Belly Tapas Lounge in West Hollywood, Calif.
Since its opening last year, Belly has received positive notice
in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, InStyle magazine, Fast Company, Zagat Survey 2002 and Los Angeles magazine.
Kevin D. O’Connell is a founding member of Structural Focus, a structural
engineering firm in Southern California. The firm provides services such
as new design, seismic retrofit and historic renovation and restoration,
for clients such as movie studios, commercial laboratories, hotels and universities.
• Nomer R. Oytas has reported for duty with Fleet Marine Patrol Mobil Operations
Control Center in Misawa, Japan. The unit provides command, control and tactical
support to deployed U.S. Navy P-3C Orion aircraft throughout Southeast Asia.
He is accompanied by his wife, Maria C. Oytas ’97, and their daughter, Megan
Kang PharmD has joined the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the USC School
of Pharmacy as assistant professor, and also provides patient care and clinical
services to cardio-thoracic patients at the USC University Hospital. She
is also involved with the cardio-thoracic surgical team in providing postoperative
care, including immunosuppressive therapy for lung and heart transplant patients.
Miguel Olano graduated from Rutgers Law School in Camden, N.J., in May.
Grant and Wendy Nowak MPL recently became engaged while on a trip to Europe.
Peter is a principal administrative analyst with the City of Huntington Beach,
Calif., where he heads up the city’s organizational effectiveness efforts.
Wendy is a project manager with the Planning Center, a land-use and environmental
consulting firm headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif. The couple lives in Huntington
Robert Jacobson has released a new CD containing original
compositions, titled Coldwater, on his new record label, Banana Bread Records.
Sheree Shen received her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic
Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, in May. She started her residency at Downey
Community Hospital in Downey, Calif. in late June.
Krupali Tejura graduated from UCLA School of Medicine and will pursue
residency training in radiation oncology at Emory University in Atlanta,
Maggie Wang has been named senior director of publicity at RCA Records
in New York. In her new position, she will create and execute national and
regional publicity campaigns for musical artists on the label’s roster. She
was formerly an account executive at Mitch Schneider Organization, an independent
Chong PharmD is director of clinical research and development at Tramstech
Pharma, a drug discovery company in High Point, N.C.
A. Jimenez earned his master’s degree from Harvard University in June, through
joint studies in the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate
School of Education, with a concentration in organizational behavior, organizational
administration and policy. He plans to continue his career in public relations
and organizational communication consulting in Los Angeles.
P. Henry graduated from the Basic Civil Engineer Corps Officer School in
Port Hueneme, Calif., where he received instruction in engineering management,
network analysis, financial management and the Navy’s organization.
Katherine Wright PharmD has accepted the position of senior account/project
manager for Total Learning Concepts Inc. in Boston, Mass. Previously she
had completed a post-doctoral fellowship program with Amgen Inc., specializing
in developing training materials for the oncology marketing, professional
services and medical information departments.
Lowenthal PhD was recently re-elected to the Long Beach Unified School District
Board with 63 percent of the vote. She was first elected to the board a year
ago in a special election. In addition to serving in elected office, she
is the government affairs manager for the Central and West Basin Municipal
Water District. She previously worked with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s
Glenn Richard Cote ’87, MFA ’90 and Abbe Murray
Douglas Chapin ’89 and Laura Gelhaar ’94
Andrew J. Mayon ’91 and Sylvia M. Ashley
Matthew Holder ’93 and Elizabeth Johns
Michelle M. Inouye ’93 and Heiko K. Schultz
Kelly Mirabella ’93 and Darin David Jeans ’93
Sunil S. Dalal MS ’95, PhD ’97 and Sonal I. Pandya
Kimberly Osborne MA ’95 and Jeff Carlyle
Kimberly Andrews ’96 and Robert Sibbrel MBA ’02
Sheree Shen ’97 and Christopher Lee Cloer
Ariane Owens MPA ’99 and John Parkes MRED ’01
Charles William Howard Jr. ’73, MBA ’75 and Kris Welty Howard, a son, Charles III
Charles Channell ’79, MS ’81 and Laura (Ibarra) Channell ’83, a daughter, Catherine
John Staff ’82 and Kimberlee Staff, a son, Ian Garrett. He joins sister
Meghann, 15. He is the grandson of the late Ray G. Staff ’49 and the grand-nephew
of Victor R. Nemechek ’51 and Nadine (Blake) Nemechek ’51
Scott Gramstrup '84 and Rebecca (Snow) Gramstrup '89, a son, Dane Scott.
He joins brothers Taylor, 4, and Henry, 2. He is the nephew of Elizabeth
(Snow) Shea '83, Edmund Shea III '84, Will Snow '85 and Diane (Gramstrup)
Miguel A. Hernandez ’86, MS ’94 and Catalina Cobos, twin daughters, Penelope
Rose and Jacqueline Antonette. They join siblings Gustavo, Victoria and Jose
• Steven D. Nakagawa ’86 and Jenifer A. Nakagawa, a son, Graham Beckett •
Robert Crissman Jr. ’87 and Megan Crissman, a son, Robert F. “Tripp” Crissman
III. He is the nephew of J. Scott Crissman ’91
Guy R. Gruppie ’88 and Lisa Gruppie, a son, Michael Joseph
Jennifer Appleton Gootman ’89 and Marek Gootman, a daughter, Saige Appleton
• Kathryn (Bradbury) Souza ’89 and Jeffrey Souza, a daughter, Gabrielle Josephine.
She joins sister Claire Isabelle, 2. She is the niece of Richard A. Bradbury
Jr. ’87 and James B. Bradbury ’95
Gina (D’Amore) Barone ’91 and Greg Barone ’92, a son, Dominic Gregory. He joins his sister Mia, 2
Paige (Olson) Farmer ’91 and Sam Farmer, a daughter, Claire Elizabeth Rose. She joins brother Thomas Harris, 3
Amy (Kahn) Gitterman ’91 and Daniel P. Gitterman, a son, Max Asher. He
is the nephew of Susan (Kahn) Spier ’90 and the great-grandson of Isadore
J. Kahn ’36
Karl Kunz ’91 and Marcie Kunz ’92, a daughter, Abbey Lauren
Don Gottschalk ’92, MS ’93 and Laurie Gottschalk, a son, Benjamin Jacob. He joins brother Johnathan, 7
Megan (Guder) MacMeekin ’92 and Brian MacMeekin ’92, a daughter, Clara Evans. She joins brother Tucker Brian, 3
Michele Lynne (Rozek) Romine ’92 and Michael W. Romine, a daughter, Madison
Patricia. She joins siblings Brooke Ashley and Allison Virginia
Christina (Marsden) Conley ’94 and Sean Kenneth Conley ’95, a son, Cole Michael. He joins sister Claire Ann, 3
Whitney L. (Sharp) Rosilez PharmD ’94 and Joseph Rosilez, a daughter, Ashley Elise
Mimi N. Christensen ’95 and Donn W. Christensen ’95, JS ’98, twins, Thomas and Katherine
Kevin D. O’Connell ’95 and Carol O’Connell, a daughter, Parker Catherine.
She is the great-granddaughter of Joseph E. Carroll ’49, the granddaughter
of Daniel P. O’Connell ’69 and the niece of John J. O’Connell ’02
Kimlien Vu Bostic ’00 and William Kevin Bostic, a son, William Kristian Vu.
Clara Shaw Eddy ’26, of Glendale, Calif., April 1, at the age of 99. She
was a longtime USC community member. While attending USC, she met Arnold
Eddy ’24; they were married in 1928. He coached the USC ice hockey team,
and she became a mother figure to many USC hockey players who came from Canada
to attend the university. She was a charter member of the Trojan League of
Los Angeles, an alumnae advisor for the USC Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega and
a member of the National Charity League, Cardinal and Gold and the Breiferettes.
She is survived by her son, James Arnold ’79, MBA ’88; her daughter, Florence
Beryl ’80; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Howard Jones Foundation
(USC Scholarships), 732 N. Diamond Bar, No. 216, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.
Reford Alexander Arrington ’30, of Corona Del Mar, Calif.; April 5, at
the age of 95. He owned his own pharmacy in Pasadena for many years. He is
survived by his wife, Rose ’31; daughters Marianne Arrington Weisel ’61 and
Jane Williams; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was
an avid USC baseball fan and attended many home games.
Helen D. Smetz ’30, of Pasadena, Calif.; December 2001. She taught grade
school for more than 30 years. A longtime resident of Pasadena, she was active
in many community organizations, including Childrens Hospital Auxiliary,
Huntington Hospital, Huntington Library, Pasadena City College and House
Ear Institute. She was also a member of the San Gabriel Country Club. Her
involvement at USC included life memberships with the Andrus Center Associates
and Educare, a support group at the USC Rossier School of Education. She
established named scholarships at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology,
the USC Rossier School of Education and USC Town and Gown, and donated to
numerous other scholarships. Widowed three times, she had no children.
Ralph C. Dills MA ’33, of Rocklin, Calif.; May 16, at the age of 92. He
was a Texas sharecropper's son who became the longest-serving California
legislator. A Democrat, he served Gardena, Compton and Lawndale throughout
most of his political career. He served in the Assembly for 11 years and
in the state Senate for 32 years. His accomplishments included writing the
legislation that created Cal State Long Beach and El Camino College, and
facilitating the creation of the UCLA Law School. He was one of just two
Capitol lawmakers to oppose the internment of Japanese Americans in World
War II, and he later successfully wrote legislation, signed by then-Gov.
Jerry Brown, that gave partial reparations to internees. He earned a bachelor's
degree from UCLA, a master's degree from USC, and law degrees from Loyola
University and the University of the Pacific. He was first elected to the
Assembly in 1939. After spending 11 years there, he was a municipal judge
in Compton for 14 years before returning to the Legislature in 1966 as a
state senator. He retired in 1998 because of term limits. In 1994, a victim
of redistricting, he still managed to win in a new district outside his core
area, using the slogan, "Too old to quit." He is survived by his daughter,
Wendy Lewellen; two sons, Gregory and Leighton; and three grandchildren.
The family asked that donations in his memory be made to any Masonic order.
Ralph Rhind MD ’33, of Hermosa Beach. Calif.; Feb. 18, at the age of 93.
He attended the University of Arizona and transferred to Stanford University,
where he graduated in 1929. Upon graduation from the USC School of Medicine
in 1933, he opened a general practice in the South Bay. In 1941, he fought
in World War II as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy. Stationed in
the South Pacific, he was in charge of the medical division of the USS Kwajalein
carrier. Upon his return to the U.S., he attended the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. While maintaining
a private practice in Manhattan Beach and later in Torrance, he worked out
of St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica and then at Little Company of Mary
Hospital in Torrance, where he then became chief of staff in 1963. He was
preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Katharine. He is survived by his
son, John; his daughter, Claudia Fallek; and five grandchildren, Terri Bain,
Marilou Hayes, Chip Falleck, Jeffrey Rhind ’88, DDS ’94 and Michael Rhind.
Donations may be sent to the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
David Shoichi Miyamoto ’34, of Los Angeles; Feb. 14, at the age of 89.
Whitney Smith ’34, of Bend, Ore.; March 13, at the age of 91. He was an
award-winning Pasadena architect who contributed significantly to the emergence
of post-World War II modernist architecture. He went into private practice
in the early 1940s, joined by architect Wayne R. Williams in 1946. During
the next three decades, the firm of Smith and Williams produced numerous
national and Southern California award-winning architectural projects, including
private residences, schools, community buildings and recreational facilities.
He was among a group of Los Angeles architects and designers who participated
in the “Case Study House” program of experimental modern homes designed and
built primarily in Los Angeles from 1945 to 1966. From 1946 to 1950, he joined
architect A. Quincy Jones and engineer Edgardo Contini in designing and building
the acclaimed Mutual Housing Association development, a large tract of houses
in the Crestwood Hills area of Brentwood. After leaving his firm in 1973,
he operated his own private practice in South Pasadena until the mid-1980s.
He also taught architecture at USC in the early 1940s and at Scripps College
in Claremont from 1945 to 1952. He is survived by a son, Gregory, of Petaluma,
Calif.; a daughter, Annabel Ziegler, of Bend, Ore.; and a grandson.
Fran Ewell Williamson ’34, EdD ’61, of Templeton, Calif.; March 27, at
the age of 90. He was a star lineman on the Trojan football team during the
Howard Jones era. He then became a football coach at the previously combined
South Pasadena/ San Marino High School. He coached there for 11 years, during
which time his teams won nine league championships, a record that still stands.
He then entered into school administration and became the vice-principal
and then the principal of Monrovia High School. After receiving his doctorate
degree, he became the assistant superintendent of the Palos Verdes Unified
School District. He retired in 1972. He was a 32nd degree Mason Scottish
Rite Shriner and a member of Al Malaikah Temple in Los Angeles. He served
as president of the Trojan Coaches Club, the CIF-Southern Section Football
Official’s Association and the Palos Verdes Golf Club and Rotary, among other
organizations, and was also a member of Educare-USC. He is survived by his
wife of 66 years, Merabeth; his daughter, Sharon ’61, and her husband, Ron
’57; three grandchildren, Kimberly Wilson, Ronalee Anderson and Frank Randall
Wilson; and two great-grandchildren, Bryn Ellen and Beckett Wilson Anderson.
Rudy Linden ’36, of San Diego; Feb. 23, of congestive heart failure, at
the age of 90. While at USC, he participated in football and rugby, earning
a letter in rugby. After college he worked at Paramount Studios and later
for the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. Prior to World War II, he took over the management
of the family orange and olive grove in Oroville, Calif. During the war,
he served as an artillery instructor, then was employed as a contract representative
by the U.S. Veterans Administration. In 1950 he was appointed officer in
charge of veterans’ administration affairs by the County of San Diego. In
1955, he accepted the position of training director for the county, serving
in that position until his retirement in 1974. During that time, he also
continued his educational efforts, earning a certificate in industrial relations
at UCLA, a certificate in governmental administration from San Diego State
University and a master’s from National University. He continued in the Army
Reserve, where he acted as director of artillery training, rising to the
rank of lieutenant colonel. He was an active member of the American Society
for Training and Development, serving as president of the local chapter for
a year. He was a member of the Military Order of World Wars, the Retired
Officers Association, the Reserve Officers Association and the USC Alumni
Dean Stanley Scofield ’38, MD ’42, of Santa Ana, Calif.; May 3, at the
age of 90. He attended San Diego State University and UC Berkeley before
graduating from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He practiced medicine
in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years and was chief of staff at Cronshaw Center
Hospital from 1971 to 1978. He also served as an instructor of medicine at
USC. He served in the U.S. Navy as a captain in the Medical Corps in the
Pacific Command during World War II. He was a member of multiple philanthropic
organizations, including the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South
America and the USC Alumni Association. He was a loyal USC football fan and
an avid runner, serving as president of the Senior’s Track Club of Southern
California until 1994. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances; his
four children, Marie Kontoa, Dean Scofield, Julie Price and Christina Winston;
and 14 grandchildren.
Frank P. Burke ’40, of Culver City, Calif.; Dec. 20, 2001, at the age
of 83. He graduated from San Bernardino High School and went to junior college
in San Bernardino before finishing at USC. He worked at IBM for one year
before being called into the U.S. Army. He spent most of the next five years
in the Army, achieving the rank of captain. He then spent three years in
Alaska before returning to IBM. He returned to duty for almost two years
in the Korean War. He retired from IBM in 1983. He is survived by his wife
of 51 years, Liese; his daughter, Pamela Curtis; his son, Arthur; and six
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
John “Jack” Wilson Tiedemann ’43, of Whittier, Calif.; March 29, of melanoma,
at the age of 81. While at USC, he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering, he accepted a commission
in the Navy, serving until 1946. After his release, he returned to Glendale,
Calif., and married Wilma ’47, his college sweetheart. After the war, he
worked as a field representative with American Bitumuls Asphalt Co. from
1947 to 1952. He then went to work for G.G. Fisher Paving Co. in 1952; during
that time, he did the paving of vast areas of Disneyland. He went into business
for himself in 1956. He served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles
chapter of the Engineering Grading Contractors’ Association, at one point
serving on the statewide board. He was also on the executive board of the
American Road Builders Association and vice president of the contractor’s
division of ARBA. He retired in 1985. He and his wife were alumni advisors
to Trojan Travelers and were members of the USC School of Gerontology’s Andrus
Center Associates. He is survived by his daughter, Linda ’71, MS ’73; grandsons
Derek and Todd; and son-in-law John.
Virginia (Steitz) Starr ’47, of Waco, Texas; Jan. 29, at the age of 76.
After earning a degree in mathematics from USC, she stayed on an additional
year to earn her teaching certificate. She married Ed Starr in 1949. She
was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the USC Alumni Association, Alpha
Chi Omega, Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board and the Junior League of Waco, and
was a past president of the Ridgewood Women’s Golf Association. She is survived
by her husband; sons Michael James and Mark Edward; grandchildren James Edward,
Crisshan Lee, Elizabeth Jane and William Edward; and great-granddaughter
William Heyes Jr. ’48, of Raleigh, N.C.; May 3, after a long illness,
at the age of 78. He was a child actor in the silent “Penrod and Sam” series.
He entered into show business at the age of 7. After starring as Penrod,
he played opposite Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle in Arbuckle’s first talkie, Hey,
Pop, in 1932. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he settled
in Los Angeles and worked in the aerospace industry. He was involved in community
theater and the Masquers Club in Hollywood, performing in such plays as Twelve
Angry Men and Harvey.
Gerald A. Sheppard ’50, LLB ’53, of Glendale, Calif.; May 13, of cancer,
at the age of 76. He was a Los Angeles attorney who had served on the Pepperdine
University board since 1978. For many years, he was a partner with the Los
Angeles law firm of Shield & Smith, and more recently served “of counsel”
– a senior lawyer but not a partner – with the Los Angeles law firm of Holley
& Galen. He was a founding member of Pepperdine’s Graduate School of
Public Policy and a member of the board of visitors of its law school and
Graziadio School of Business and Management. He was formerly a clinical assistant
professor at the USC School of Dentistry, an assistant professor of jurisprudence
at Loma Linda University’s School of Dentistry and a lecturer at the UCLA
Dental School. He wrote numerous essays on the legal aspects of dentistry.
Lloyd Peyton ’52, of Silverlake, Calif.; March 7, of cancer, at the age
of 71. He competed on USC’s NCAA championship track team in 1950. He was
advertising director at KABC-TV Los Angeles for 30 years and was head of
the internship program at the station, training college seniors in writing,
promotion and public relations. He retired in 1986. He was a member of Cardinal
and Gold and Trojan Force, USC’s track and field support group. He is survived
by his wife of 19 years, Joyce; a stepson, Kevin Jones ’86; and a stepdaughter,
Richard Sandford Purviance ’52, of Riverside, Calif.; March 4, of heart
disease and cancer, at the age of 77. He was a longtime educator who also
served on the Riverside County Planning Commission. He served in the Army
from 1944 to 1946, then earned his bachelor’s degree from USC and a master’s
degree from Claremont Graduate School. During his career with the Riverside
Unified School District, he was instrumental in developing a racial integration
program considered a model by the U.S. Department of Education. He also served
in administration positions at Palm Elementary School and Gage Middle School.
He was principal of Highgrove Elementary School when he retired in 1981.
During retirement, he was named to the Riverside County Planning Commission
to replace Marion Ashley and continued to serve throughout the 1980s. In
1985 he was named commissioner chairman. He was also involved in local politics
and made an unsuccessful bid for Congress as a Republican candidate in 1970.
He is survived by four sons, Thomas, Kenneth, James and William; a daughter,
Elizabeth Rosati; a foster daughter, Sandra Conlan; and eight grandchildren.
William Edward “Uncle Bill” Knupp ’53, of Brea, Calif.; March 26, at the
age of 75. A native of Southern California, he played water polo for Cal
State Fullerton and USC. He is survived by his daughters, Katy and Caroline.
Myrl “Doc” Rupel MEd ’54, EdD ’62, of Riverside, Calif.; Feb. 6, of non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma, at the age of 73. He was a teacher and administrator in various
Southern California school districts for almost 25 years, including a stint
as superintendent of the Perris Union High School District from 1970 until
1976. He received the Paul Mantz Award from the California Aerospace Education
Association in 1975 for his development of Perris High School’s aviation
program. He also served on the Romoland Elementary School District board
from 1978 until 1984. He owned Doc Rupel’s Appraisals in Riverside since
1985 and also taught appraisal classes in California and Oregon. He held
commercial and instrument pilot’s licenses in single- and multiple-engine
aircraft and wrote two books on flying: Sketchbook of Soaring Flight and
See and Be Seen. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eunice; a son, Tim;
five daughters, Lois Murray, Carol Wilder, Sue Williams, Judy Sharrow and
Kay Luem; 12 grandchildren; a brother, Leland; and three sisters, Vera Mae
Gephart, Thelma Nelson and Helen French.
Fred D. Fagg III ’56, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; April 19, of melanoma, at
the age of 68. He was a lawyer and law professor whose father was former
USC president Fred D. Fagg Jr. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1958.
He graduated from the Harvard School of Business with an MBA in 1960, and
from the University of Michigan Law School in 1963. He began his legal career
with the firm of Overton, Lyman and Prince in Los Angeles, focusing on criminal
and civil anti-trust litigation. He married Judith Ann Carlisle in 1967,
and they moved to Lake Oswego in 1970 when he joined Northwestern School
of Law of Lewis & Clark College as an associate law professor. He gained
tenure two years later and became dean in 1973. He held the position for
10 years, then left to serve as president and chief legal officer of the
Mountain States Legal Foundation in Denver, Colo. He returned to Lake Oswego
in 1985 to serve of counsel to the law firm of Wood, Tatum, Mosser, Brooke
and Landis. In 1989, he co-founded Expert Systems Publishing Co., which developed
software to assist lawyers in various fields of expertise. In addition to
his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Catherine, and a sister, Barbara
Corydon Dicks Hurtado ’59, of Mill Valley, Calif.; April 28, after a brief
illness, at the age of 64. While at USC, he served in the Naval ROTC. After
graduation, he served in the U.S. Army. He went on to receive his MBA from
the University of San Francisco and his Ph.D. from California Coast University.
The owner of Hurtado Research, a wholesales credit reporting agency, he was
also a licensed real estate broker, management consultant and litigation
consultant in the field of data processing. He was an avid tennis player
and member of the Harbor Point Tennis Club in Tiburon. He is survived by
his mother, Elizabeth; his wife of 37 years, Nancy; and his three children,
Kevin, Tracy and Sheri. Donations can be made on his behalf to the American
Heart Association, P.O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 or the National Kidney
Foundation of Northern California, 553 Pilgrim Drive, Suite C, Foster City,
Bernard Ruttenberg PharmD ’59, of Los Angeles; October 2001. He is survived
by his wife Pearl, children Lee and Laurie (Eugene); and siblings Clara,
Morris and Shirley.
Robert T. Koda PharmD ’61, PhD ’68, of Los Angeles; Jan. 7, at the age
of 68. He was a professor of pharmaceutical sciences and former associate
dean of the USC School of Pharmacy. He planned to retire from the School
of Pharmacy in June 2002. A committed teacher and administrator, he was a
fundamental part of the School of Pharmacy for over 40 years. He served as
associate dean from 1973 to 1985 and held a multitude of leadership roles
within the school.
Kenneth A. Witteman ’62, of San Gabriel, Calif.; April 18, at the age
of 61. He worked for Freedom Finance and achieved the rank of vice president.
He retired in 1988. He is survived by a sister, Barbara Ann; a brother, Richard
James; three nieces, Karen Lynn, Dona Marie and Wendy Lea; four nephews,
Michael Dennis, Gary Allen, Steven Richard and David Wynne; six great-nieces
and six great-nephews. Donations may be made to Loyola High School, 1901
Venice Ave., Los Angeles, Calif.; 90006, or the American Diabetes Association.
John Scott Williams ’64, of Los Angeles; Feb. 23, of a heart attack, at
the age of 61. As a student he was active in Delta Kappa Alpha, the honorary
cinema fraternity, where he served as secretary, and on the committees for
the weekly screenings and the annual banquets honoring film luminaries. He
was also the athletic events photographer for the Daily Trojan and El Rodeo,
which led to his position as a sports photographer for the Los Angeles Times.
Later he was active in the USC School of Cinema-Television’s Alumni Association,
where he served as class representative and on the special events committee.
As a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, he worked on many successful
theatrical films and television series, mainly at Universal Studios, including
the long-running “Murder, She Wrote” series. He is survived by his brother,
a nephew and two nieces.
Jon R. Stuhley JD ’66, of Newport Beach, California; January 9, at the age of 61. After admission to the California Bar in 1968, he began practicing law
in Santa Ana. He served as a bankruptcy trustee under bankruptcy judge Aaron
K. Phelps until the advent of the U.S. Trustee System in the Central District
of California in 1978, at which time he was appointed to the initial panel
of the Santa Ana Panel Trustees. He was among the most prominent practitioners
in the Orange County bankruptcy community and served as the 1978 chair of
the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Orange County Bar Association.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; two sons, Michael and Craig; and two daughters,
Lisa and Jennifer.
Larry E. Harry MBA ’68, of Fountain Valley, Calif.; Feb. 4, at the age
of 63. He retired as a U.S. Air Force colonel after 29 years of service at
posts throughout the United States and Asia. He is survived by his three
children, Angela Vrebalovich of Costa Mesa, Calif., Edward Harry of Fountain
Valley, Calif., and Elizabeth Schneider of Seal Beach, Calif.; three grandsons;
his sister, Phyllis Myers of Kokomo, Ind.; and his brother, Jerry Harry of
Merritt “Mick” Ashbrook PharmD ’75, of San Dimas, Calif.; Feb. 22, following
a heart attack. He worked for Thrifty Drug Stores, Payless and Rite Aid Corp.
After retiring from Rite Aid, he wrote several country western songs, including
“All I Have to Offer You Is Me” and “I’m All Ready There,” which was a No.
1 hit for the band Lonestar. He is survived by his wife, Doretta.
John R. Reil MS ’82, of Grove City, Ohio; May 7, at the age of 54. He
was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force who served as deputy
director of the division of quality at the Ohio Department of Youth Services.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Aura, and his daughter, Stacie. He
is survived by his wife, LaVonn; his children, Geoffrey and Elizabeth; his
father, John; his brothers, Thomas and James; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Robert L. Haddad ’88, of Mansfield, Conn.; April 12, at the age of 38.
He was a certified public accountant and also employed by the State of Connecticut
Department of Education. He is survived by his mother, Victoria; a daughter,
Chelsea; a stepdaughter, Janine Garcia; two brothers and sisters-in-law,
Edward and Tina Haddad and Victor and Cindy Haddad; a sister and brother-in-law,
Christine and David Forte; and two nieces and a nephew. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea J. Haddad Trust Fund, c/o
Savings Bank of Manchester, 6 Storrs Road, Mansfield Center, CT 06250.
A. Jason Bayer ’90, of Lemoore, Calif.; March 28, in a helicopter crash,
at the age of 34. He was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy who, at
the time of his death, was a test pilot in the Naval Weapons Test Squadron
at China Lake in Ridgecrest, Calif. While at USC, he was a dean’s scholar,
a manager of the football team and an active member of Alpha Tau Omega. After
graduating, he completed aviation officer candidate school and advanced jet
flight training. He is survived by his wife, Anne; his daughter, Gabriella;
his newborn son, J.C.; his father, Art; and his sister, Jessica. He was laid
to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. An education
fund has been established for his children; contributions may be made to
the accounts for Gabriella and Jason Christian Bayer, c/o Anne Bayer #05059-00047,
Bank of America, 101 W. Ridgecrest Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555, Attn: Linda
Leona W. Robb, of Los Angeles; April 20, at the age of 99. She was the
widow of Lyndon Robb ’24 and a longtime friend, supporter and presidential
associate of USC. After retiring as an administrative assistant to the founder
and chairman of First Interstate Bank, former USC trustee Frank King, she
became a member of Town and Gown. She also endowed a scholarship for the
Andrus Gerontology Center at USC and the Leona Robb Research Laboratory for
Basic Cancer Research at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. She
is survived by a stepdaughter, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren,
three nieces and a nephew, Gary Robb ’52.
Ibrahim Swaidan, of Glendale, Calif.; April 8, at the age of 91. He graduated
from Middle East College and earned his graduate degree from the American
University of Beirut in Lebanon, then received his journalism degree from
Cairo University. He came to the United States in 1963 and taught Arabic
at USC, Cal State University and Biola College. Prior to retiring in 1975,
he was an Arabic language professor from 1937 to 1963 at the Middle East
University. He is survived by his sons, Dan, Brian, Najy and Karl; his daughters,
Mona Nowfel, Ellen Melton and Heba Wood; and 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.