Marriages, Births, & Deaths
Lisa Tan ’85 and Hugh Milstein ’87
Kristina Rolle ’86 and Stevan Warwick
Joel Perler ’92 and Kelly Cooper ’95
Marta C. Garman ’93 and Paul S. Allen
Brian K. Baugh ’95 and Catherine C. Stone
Gregory Ronald Irwin ’96 and Darolyn Hamada
Mari Elena Hart ’98 and Roger Alan York
Diana S. Brown ’99, MA ’01 and Matthew M. Mackey ’99, MS ’01
Malaika Marable ’99 and Rafael Serrano.
Jack Davidson ’79 and Allison Davidson, a son, Jackson Charles
Tim Agajanian ’83 and Deborah (Murachanian) Agajanian ’86, a son, Thomas
Michael. He joins sister Jordan Elizabeth, 11, and brothers Jake Daniel,
9, and Charles Edward, 3. He is the grandson of Edward N. Murachanian DDS
’58 and the nephew of Donna (Murachanian) Caruso ’92, Marc Caruso ’92, Edward
M. Murachanian DDS ’92 and Ken Murachanian MD ’96
Mark Lueker ’84 and Maria Lueker, a son, Alexander Mark
Karin (Anderson) Moffitt ’84, JD ’87 and Drew V. Moffitt ’84, a daughter,
Clara Elizabeth. She is the niece of Kristine (Anderson) Shannon ’91
Robin (Razzano) Marks ’85 and Ross Marks, a son, Morgan Carlton. He joins
sister MacKenzie Lee, 4, and brother Ryan Albert, 2. He is the nephew and
godson of Ron Albert Razzano ’81
John W. Mulligan ’85 and Michele Mulligan, a daughter, Katherine Gildea. She joins brother Connor, 2
Lynne (Jeffries) Hodges ’87 and Michael Hodges, a daughter, Katherine Louise
Jon H. Steen ’87 and Meredith S. Steen, a son, Tristan Andrew. He is the grandson of Charles R. Steen ’56
Tory Taft Whittingham ’88 and Peter Whittingham, twins, Taryn Mabel and
Trevor Taft. They are the great-grandchildren of Harold Taft ’22 and Mabel
Terry Taft ’22, the grandchildren of R. Terry Taft ’53 and Joan Scanlon Taft
’56, the niece and nephew of Tracy Taft ’82, the grandniece and grandnephew
of Barbara (Taft) Galpin ’47 and Kennedy Galpin ’47, and the cousins of Chris
Galpin ’72, Cinda (Galpin) Hoeven ’74 and Hilary Hoeven ’02
Susan (Fogarty) Bernstein ’89 and Eric Bernstein ’90, a daughter, Talia
Rose. She joins brother Zachary, 2. She is the niece of Mark Fogarty ’87
and Angela Grace ’87
Catherine (Anaya) Latter ’89 and Dave Latter ’89, a son, Christian Scott
Stephanie White ’89 and Rick White ’89, a son, Eli Sawyer. He joins sister ZoŽ Grace, 8
Beth (Rosenstein) Silver ’89 and Barry Silver, a daughter, Beatrice Ann.
She joins brother Brooks Matthew. She is the granddaughter of Morton Rosenstein
Lisa (Ruckel) Tella ’89 and Christofor S. Tella, a son, Christofor Scott Jr.
Juan D. Angulo ’91, DDS ’96 and Yolanda (Velasco) Angulo ’95, a daughter, Marisa Darlene
Brooke (Simpson) Finch ’91 and Jon Finch, a son, Jackson Reilly Finch. He joins sister Regan, 3
Hillary (Harmon) Powell ’92 and Rick Powell, a daughter, Abigail Anne
Nancy (Abbott) Tupy ’92 and Joseph Tupy MBA ’93, a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth. She joins sisters Madeline, 3, and Katherine, 2
Elizabeth (Friedel) Hoover ’93 and Andrew Hoover ’93, a son, Zachary Norman
Mark A. Ruzon ’94 and Lesley A. (Vuillemenot) Ruzon ’96, a son, Timothy Andrew. He joins sister Samantha, 2
Jennifer (McMillen) Walcott ’94 and Michael Walcott, a son, Connor James
• David Alpern MBA ’96 and Shari Alpern, a son, Liam Robert. He joins brother
Paul R. Roman JD ’96 and Lisa C. Roman, a boy, Jacob Xavier. He joins brother Paul Michael, 4
Carolyn (Bates) Zweber ’96, MS ’97 and Tim Zweber, a daughter, Lauren Maureen. She is the granddaughter of John Bates ’61
Michael Pierce ’93 and Seana Pierce, a son, Aidan Patrick • Tina (Fischer)
Florance ’97 and Brandon Florance, a daughter, Madison Sienna
Jennifer (Pallasch) Mosley ’97 and Kenneth G. Mosley Jr., a daughter,
Alexa Kate. She is the niece of Brian Pallasch ’87 and Robert Pallasch ’93
Pamela Fleur Irish ’98 and Jeffrey Dean Anderberg, a son, Timothy Dean. He joins sister Keely Fleur, 21 months.
Arthur Sugarman ’26, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Feb. 17, at the age of
95. He graduated from the USC School of Pharmacy and practiced pharmacy until
2002. Survivors include his wife Daisy.
Nivous Sack Korander ’31, of San Marcos, Calif.; March 18, at the age
of 92. She was the first female pharmacist to practice in San Diego. She
was a founding member of the Women’s University Club, Mercy Hospital Auxiliary
and Social Services Auxiliary. She was also active as a founding member and
vice president of the San Diego County Hospital Pharmacists Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Charles. She is survived
by daughter Constance, grandsons Matthew and Michael, great-granddaughter
Keagan and sister Romilda. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Leukemia Society, 202 Fashion Lane, Ste. 215, Tustin, CA 92680.
Morris N. Tarica DDS ’37, of Beverly Hills, Calif.; Feb. 5, at the age
of 89. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1946. He practiced dentistry
for 62 years. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Regina, sons Samuel
and Mark, and grandchildren Daniel, Erin and Deborah.
George W. Hill ’37, of Claremont, Calif.; March 3, of natural causes,
at the age of 86. He was a Baptist minister who headed churches from Pasadena
to Washington, D.C., and New York City. After graduating USC, he earned a
divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Ordained in 1940,
he began as pastor of Atwater Park Baptist Church in Pasadena, Calif., and
then served at the First Baptist Church of Pasadena from 1944 until 1954.
He left California to head the Lake Avenue Baptist Church in Rochester, N.Y.,
then became pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., in
1971. While in Washington, he led efforts to create the U.S. Institute for
Peace, established by Congress in 1984. His work for peace earned him the
Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace Award from the American Baptist Churches in 1985.
From 1989 until his death, he led Bible studies and worked in the ministry
of the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife of
62 years, Mary, children Mary, Barbara “Jo” and Robert, and four grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles,
760 Westmoreland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005-1499; or to the National Cancer
Association, 3333 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 900, Los Angeles, CA 90010.
Shozo Iba ’40, MS ’41, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Feb. 4, at the age of
84. After graduating from USC, he attended medical school at Boston (Mass.)
University, graduating in 1945. He worked as a chest disease specialist at
the Raybrook Hospital in upstate New York before moving to Cleveland, Ohio,
to complete his residency in radiology. He became the first Japanese-American
to be board-certified by the American Academy of Radiology. He was active
in the Huntington Park (Calif.) Rotary Club. He is survived by wife Margaret,
children Nadine, Diane, Lynn, Mylene, Elaine and Wayne, and 12 grandchildren.
Fred C. Powers ’40, of Carmichael, Calif.; March 24. He attended the USC
School of Pharmacy, where he served as class president and a member of the
student senate. He received the Lehn and Think Award, which was awarded to
the student with the highest GPA. He was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi,
Rho Chi and Phi Delta Chi. He served in the Navy during World War II and
later owned a pharmacy in Costa Mesa, Calif. He is survived by children James
Edward Woodworth Rawlins Jr. ’46, of Irvine, Calif.; Sept. 22, 2002, at
the age of 80. While at USC, he was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
He was in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 through 1945, flying missions over
the South Pacific for the Eleventh Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. He was
a part-time movie extra and player for MGM, appearing in the Andy Hardy movie
series. From 1947 to 1965 he worked at Rawlins Brothers Steel Company in
Los Angeles. He then worked for California Portland Cement Company for 22
years, retiring in 1985. He served as Building Material Credit Association
president for two years and served on the board of directors for six years.
He also owned and operated Rawlins Public Scales in Los Angeles from 1966
until his death. He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Jean ’46.
Mark Soden LLB ’48, of Corona del Mar, Calif.; March 7, of pneumonia, at
the age of 86. He was a retired Orange County Superior Court judge who embarked
on a legal career after working as a Wisconsin cheese maker and serving as
a Navy pilot during World War II. During World War II, he flew B-24s on anti-submarine
patrols over the English Channel and was awarded the Distinguished Flying
Cross. After graduating from USC law school, he practiced as an attorney
for 24 years before his appointment to the bench. He served as a Superior
Court judge from 1972 to 1986. He held several assignments, including supervisor
of the court’s family law, probate and appellate departments.He was president
of the Orange County Bar Association from 1960 to 1961. Memorial contributions
in his name can be made to the Hoag Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 6100, Newport
Beach, CA 92658-6100; or to the Retirement Fund for the Religious, P.O. Box
73140, Dept. D, Baltimore, MD 21273.
Lucille LaForm Wiegand MEd ’48, of Monterey Park, Calif.; Feb. 8, at the
age of 78. She taught in the Montebello (Calif.) School District for 45 years.
She is survived by husband Albert, brother Joe and sister Kate.
Jack Jay Glesener ’49, of Helendale, Calif.; Jan. 11, at the age of 78.
Since 1950, he owned and operated Glesener Pharmacy in Covina, Calif. He
is survived by wife Arlene, daughters Karen and Marilyn, grandchildren Kelly
and Kristopher, and great-granddaughter Mikayla.
Van Charles Juniper ’49, of Murrieta, Calif.; Feb. 28, of Alzheimer’s
disease, at the age of 82. He graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree
in accounting. He served in the Navy from 1942 until 1945 during World War
II. He was chief financial officer for Burbank Hospital until retiring in
1985. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty, daughter Lynda, son
Jeff and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s
Association in Hemet, Calif.
Theodore “Ted” Econome ’50, of Sacramento, Calif.; March 15, at the age
of 76. He served as class president his senior year at USC. In 1955, he co-founded
Land Park Pharmacy in Sacramento. He is survived by his wife of 53 years,
Georgia, daughters Janet and Nancy, grandchildren Jessica and Tommy, brother
William PharmD ’57, and cousins Nick and George.
Joanna Ann Hanly ’51, of Santa Ynez, Calif.; April 24. At USC, she was
president of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She taught at Solvang (Calif.)
Elementary and College Elementary School in Santa Ynez.
Alan H. Rowan ’51, Med ’62, of Honolulu, Hawaii; Feb. 12, of a heart attack,
at the age of 76. While at USC, he was a member of Delta Chi fraternity and
the USC track teams from 1948 through 1951. He coached track and field at
Punahou (Hawaii) High School for 37 years. In 1986, he was chosen National
High School Coach of the Year by the National High School Federation. At
the time of his death, he was president of the Honolulu Kennel Club. He is
survived by son Bill, daughter Lindy, brother Jack ’51 and two grandchildren.
Howard Pludow ’52, DDS ’53, of Cayucos, Calif.; April 6, at the age of
83. He had a practice in the San Fernando Valley for 27 years. He is survived
by his wife of 56 years, Ethel, five children and four grandchildren.
William Phillip Burtch MEd ’54, of Sun City, Calif.; March 28, at the
age of 81. He was assistant principal at South Bay Union High School in Manhattan
Beach, Calif., for 30 years. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1938 until 1945.
He was a graduate of UC Santa Barbara before attending USC. He was a member
of Rotary International. He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Elise,
son William, daughters Barbara and Kathryn, and two grandchildren.
Richard Hughes Myers ’55, of La Canada Flintridge, Calif.; Feb. 28, of
complications resulting from surgery, at the age of 75. After high school,
he spent two years in the Marine Corps, becoming a drill instructor. While
at USC, he joined the National Guard. He was sent to Korea in March 1951.
There he was awarded the Bronze Star and a Presidential Unit Citation. His
banking career spanned almost 40 years in various locations in Los Angeles
County. He spent nearly 20 years as a credit administrator. He is survived
by his wife of 52 years, Shirley, children Richard Jr., Anne, Steven, Nancy
and Cortland IV, and 10 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can
be sent to the Descanso Gardens Guild or to the Seafarers at La Canada Presbyterian
Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 91011.
Marcus M. Kaufman JD ’56, of Corona del Mar, Calif.; March 26, after a
long illness, at the age of 73. He was a semi-retired state Supreme Court
Justice. He earned a bachelor’s from UCLA in 1951, then served as an Army
lieutenant in the Korean War. After returning home, he enrolled in law school
at the USC, graduating in 1956 first in his class. Over the next 14 years,
he served as a law clerk to state Supreme Court Justice Roger Traynor, taught
at USC and went into practice in San Bernardino. In 1970, Gov. Ronald Reagan
appointed him to the State Court of Appeal, where he worked for 17 years.
In March 1987, Gov. George Deukmejian named him to the State Supreme Court.
He served as an associate justice until his retirement in 1990. Shortly after
retirement, he went back to work in the private sector. In 1995, he joined
the newly formed Albert, Weiland & Golden in Costa Mesa, Calif. At the
time of his death, he was still working on cases for the firm. In his last
years, he wrote legal manuals about insurance litigation. He is survived
by wife Eileen, two daughters and five grandchildren.
Donna Marsh ’56, of Newport Beach, Calif.; Feb. 16, after a long illness,
at the age of 68. While at USC, she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
During a teaching career that spanned 35 years, she primarily taught middle
school at Horace Ensign in Newport Beach. During that time, she also earned
a master’s degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. She was a
member of the Newport Mesa Assistance League, the Orange County Republican
Women, the Red Ribbon chapter of the American Red Cross, the Balboa Harbor
chapter of Gamma Phi Beta Alumnae and the Trojan Guild of Orange County.
She is survived by twin sister Devonne ’56, nieces Carol and Robin, and nephew
Mike Larrabee ’57, MA ’68, of Santa Maria, Calif.; April 22, of pancreatic
cancer, at the age of 69. He was a high school math teacher with an injury-plagued
track background when he decided to make a run at the 1964 Olympic Games
in Tokyo. He won the 400 at the U.S. Olympic trials in a world record-tying
time of 44.9 seconds at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Five weeks later, he won
the gold medal in 45.1 seconds, becoming the oldest man at the time to win
an Olympic 400 at the age of 30 years and 322 days. He also won a second
gold medal at the 1964 games by running a leg on the U.S. 1,600-meter relay
team. He attended USC on a track scholarship after placing fifth in the 220-yard
dash in the 1952 state high school championships. He moved to Santa Maria
in 1968 to take over his mother’s beer distributorship with his brother Terry.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Margaret, children Tracy, Lisa and
Michael, and three grandchildren.
Patrick H. Porcarello ’59, of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Oct. 18, 2002, of
myotonic dystrophy, at the age of 66. Prior to his death, he served as Arizona’s
state architect for Farmers Home Administration. He also taught classes in
drafting, sketching and rendering at Phoenix College. He was a member of
the Knights of Columbus, the Fraternal Order of Police, the American Legion
and the U.S. Air Force. He held architectural licenses in California, Nevada,
Colorado and Arizona. He was a longtime member of the American Institute
of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration. He
is survived by his wife of 24 years, Rian, children Patrick II and Noelle,
and stepchildren Maria, Carole and Michael. Memorial contributions can be
made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Robert Hillen MS ’63, of Culver City, Calif.; March 16, of Parkinson’s
disease, at the age of 86. He founded the crew program at USC in 1947 and
coached the team for 43 years. He attended Sacramento Junior College, where
he was first introduced to the sport of crew. He transferred to UCLA in 1936,
where he lettered as a coxswain. After graduating, he coached local high
school and junior college teams in Sacramento. He returned to UCLA as an
assistant coach in 1940 before becoming co-head coach in 1946. He earned
his master’s degree in education at USC on a part-time basis and made his
living as a physical education coach in the Santa Monica School District,
coaching the Trojans without pay from 1948 to 1965. He helped the school
build its boathouse in the Los Angeles harbor in 1961 and began coaching
the women’s team in the mid-1970s. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Rowing
Committee and the board of directors of the National Association of American
Oarsmen. He helped coach the U.S. team at the 1971 Pan-American Games. At
the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, he was on the site selection committee.
He is survived by wife Charleene, son Peter and two grandchildren. Donations
may be made to the USC Andrus Gerontology Center.
Marvyn Melvin MEd ’63, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; April 23. He taught at Santa Barbara High School for 31 years.
Ernest “Ernie” Herrington Jr. MEd ’64, of Arcadia, Calif.; March 22. Herrington
taught and was assistant principal of several Arcadia elementary schools
before being named principal of Santa Anita Elementary in 1954.
Amelia M. Rezek MS ’67, of Torrance, Calif.; April 27. She started her
teaching career in Nebraska at age 17 before moving to Torrance and attending
USC. She taught for the Redondo Beach (Calif.) School District and the American
Services Schools in Nuremberg, Germany, and Okinawa, Japan.
Gregory Mooser DDS ’68, of Santa Monica, Calif.; Feb. 26, of Alzheimer’s
disease, at the age of 60. He was a distinguished scientist and educator
at the USC School of Dentistry for 27 years. He did his undergraduate work
at UCLA before attending USC. He returned to the USC School of Dentistry
as an assistant professor in 1972 following completion of his Ph.D. in biochemistry
at UCLA. He was promoted to professor in 1991 and served as chair of the
department of basic sciences from 1991 to 1999. He was a member of many school
committees, including the executive committee, and chaired two standing committees.
He taught several science courses, including cariology and prevention, and
developed a Web-based course for teaching cariology. He also mentored graduate
students and, for many years, practiced dentistry a half-day a week at UCLA’s
student health center. In 1996, he was awarded the prestigious National Institute
of Health’s Merit Award in recognition of his outstanding research record
and scientific achievements. A member of numerous professional organizations,
he served on the NIH’s communication sciences study section and, later, on
the oral biology and medicine study section. He is survived by wife Tania,
brother Stephen, son Jonathan and daughter Zoe.
Fran J. Polek PhD ’68, of Spokane, Wash.; Dec. 26, 2002, at the age of
73. He taught at USC and the University of Arizona and for 30 years was a
professor of English at Gonzaga University in Spokane. He was the recipient
of two National Endowment for the Humanities grants and was a Wilson Scholar
at the Smithsonian Institution. He was appointed a Fulbright Senior Professor
to Romania in 1984-1985. He was the author of several publications and a
noted presenter at literature and language conferences. He served as dramaturg
for the world premiere of the stage production of The Snows of Kilimanjaro.
Survivors include wife Jan and son Frank ’90.
Jerauld Richard “Jerry” Gentry MA ’70, of Alexandria, Va.; March 3, of
a heart attack, at the age of 67. He was a retired Air Force colonel and
decorated Vietnam War veteran who spent much of his career as a fighter and
test pilot. He graduated from Aerospace Research Pilot School in 1964 before
beginning a seven-year tour at the Air Force Flight Test Center as a test
pilot. In 1971, he went to Thailand and flew more than 200 missions. In 1983,
he became deputy chief of staff for research, development and acquisitions
at Air Force headquarters. After retiring from active duty in 1985, he founded
the Alexandria aerospace and defense-consulting firm of Gentry and Associates
Inc. and remained its head until his death. He was a recipient of the Octave
Chanute Award and the Harmon International and Ivan E. Kincheloe trophies.
His Air Force decorations included the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit,
two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross, three awards of the Meritorious
Service Medal and the Air Medal with two silver and three bronze oak-leaf
clusters. His marriage to Arden Gentry ended in divorce. He is survived by
his wife of 15 years, Anne; two sons from his first marriage, Jeffrey and
Alan; and three grandchildren.
Donald A. Ackley MS ’71, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Feb. 15, of cancer,
at the age of 58. After earning his master’s degree in library science, he
took a job covering night, weekend and holiday shifts at the Orange Coast
College library. He was named dean of the library and media services department
in 1986, and immediately embarked on a program to computerize the library,
expand its collection of books and other media, and introduce electronic
databases of journals and newspapers. He also established a rare-books collection
and launched the college’s inaugural Web site. He served on a variety of
management committees and as acting dean of the business and literature and
languages divisions. He is survived by wife Claudia.
Monty Cecil Lish MPA ’73, of Issaquah, Wash.; Feb. 28, of prostate cancer,
at the age of 64. He received degrees from Ventura Junior College and San
Fernando Valley State College. He then served in the U.S. Air Force as a
first lieutenant and worked as a budget analyst for Ventura County in California
and for Gov. Dan Evans in Washington. In 1970, he returned to Ventura County,
where he was appointed county executive in 1972. While he worked, he attended
USC. After a move to Seattle in 1979, he served as manager of safety and
training for Metro until he was appointed executive director of the Evergreen
Safety Council, a nonprofit safety-service organization, in 1989. He is survived
by wife Caroline, children Monty, Alexandria and Amanda, granddaughter Summer,
sisters Teresa and Patricia, and brothers David and Ron. The family suggests
remembrances be sent to the Evergreen Safety Council Scholarship Memorial
Fund, 401 Pontius Ave., Seattle, WA 98109.
Douglas P. Maddelein ’73, of San Jose, Calif.; Jan. 30, at the age of
51. While at USC, he was active in Kappa Sigma fraternity. Upon graduation,
he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and served as lieutenant.
He was decorated with the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal,
the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Navy and Meritorious Unit commendations.
Upon discharge, he returned to graduate school at San Diego State University,
where he received an MBA in 1980. He was employed in the computer industry
throughout his working life, including as technical sales manager for KOMAG.
He is survived by wife Susan, children Geoffrey and Merry, and mother Barbara.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Judes Children’s
Anthony “Tony” Ference MA ’74, of Gales Ferry, Conn.; Jan. 27, at the
age of 57. He graduated from the University of Connecticut, then joined the
Air Force in 1968 and completed office and pilot training. He completing
two tours of duty in Thailand beginning in May 1974. He was employed as a
systems consultant for many years before establishing his own business as
an independent consultant. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Patricia,
daughters Jennifer and Julie, sons-in-law Michael and Michael, and grandsons
Travis and Tyler. Memorial contributions can be made to the Anthony Ference
Memorial Education Fund, c/o Dime Savings Bank, P.O. Box 50, Ledyard, CT
William J. “Digger” O’Brien Jr. MS ’85, of Fairfax Station, Va.; Feb.
7, of a heart attack, at the age of 49. He was a vice president with Lockheed
Martin Corp. in charge of special projects. At Lockheed, he worked in the
missile and space division at its Flint Hill facility. He worked for the
defense contractor and technology company for 23 years, mostly at its operations
in Sunnyvale, Calif., before transferring to the Washington area. He graduated
from the University of Notre Dame before attending USC. He served in the
Air Force from 1975 to 1979. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Cyndi,
children Andrew and Amanda, stepdaughter Michelle, parents William and Katherine,
and three sisters and two brothers.
Douglas K. Thompson ’88, MS ’92, of Toluca Lake, Calif.; March 1, as a
result of a car accident, at the age of 36. He attended Pacifica High School
in Garden Grove, Calif., and entered USC in the Resident Honors Program during
his senior year of high school. After graduation, he worked for Rockwell,
which became Boeing, advancing to manager of the Global Positioning System
spacecraft integrated product team. He enjoyed playing softball and was known
for his sense of humor. In June 2001, he married Nannette Monton. In addition
to his wife, he is survived by daughters Patricia and Stephanie, sisters
Jennifer and Nicole, and parents Diane and Donald.
Edythe M. Bayless, of Burbank, Calif.; March 11, at the age of 91. She
worked as a medical secretary for the USC School of Medicine. She is survived
by sons Bernard and Ronald, three grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
Sue Sally Hale, of Coachella Valley, Calif.; April 29, at the age of 65.
She broke the gender barrier in the male-dominated world of polo to become
an icon of the sport and a highly regarded coach. She began to compete as
a polo player in the 1950s when the sport barred women from playing. With
the support of her male teammates, she disguised herself as a man for 20
years until 1972, when the U.S. Polo Association admitted her to its ranks.
At the peak of her career, she had the highest standing among women players.
Along with her daughter Sunny and other team members, she won the inaugural
U.S. Women’s Polo Open in Indio, Calif., in 1990. After her divorce from
Alex Hale in 1976, she ran the Carmel Valley (Calif.) Riding Club until 1980,
then managed a polo club in Willow Bend, Texas. In 1986 she opened H &
H Farms in Moorpark, Calif.; in 1995, she opened a second H & H Farms
in Coachella Valley, where she raised horses and cared for other animals.
She coached teams for USC, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the Marines. She
is survived by children Sunny, Stormie, Dawn and Trails. Her son Brook preceded
her in death.
Margaret Elizabeth “Betty” Hartford, of Claremont, Calif.; April 12, at
the age of 85. She was a social worker who helped start the nation’s first
school of aging at USC and who volunteered for years at Rancho Santa Ana
Botanic Garden. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in
1940, a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1944 and a Ph.D.
from the University of Chicago in 1962. Her career in social work began in
Canton, Ohio, as the YWCA’s director of youth services. She then became director
of the Intercultural Relations American Service Institute in Pittsburgh,
Penn. For 25 years, she taught social work at Case Western Reserve University
in Cleveland, Ohio. At USC she was founding director for the Leonard Davis
School of Gerontology and directed the school from 1975 to 1977. After stepping
down, she continued to teach at the university until 1983. After USC, she
lectured and consulted for a variety of organizations in gerontology and
social work. Her volunteer work won many awards, including the YWCA Pomona
Valley’s Woman of the Year in 1989 and the Los Angeles County Council on
Aging’s Volunteer of the Year in 1990. She volunteered for the Rancho Santa
Ana Botanic Garden since the early 1980s. Donations may be made to Rancho
San Ana Botanic Gardens, Mt. San Antonio Gardens or the United Religion Initiative.
Barbara G. Mills, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Dec. 19, 2002, of cancer,
at the age of 78. She was a distinguished researcher and educator in USC’s
School of Dentistry and an expert on Paget’s disease. She earned bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska and
a medical degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine. She became
a postdoctoral fellow in the department of biochemistry at the USC School
of Dentistry in 1964 and joined the full-time faculty four years later. Ten
years later, she founded the J. Vernon Luck Orthopaedic Research Center’s
Bone Physiology Laboratory with four other USC faculty members. They were
among the first to discover evidence that suggested a viral cause for Paget’s
disease, a metabolic disorder that can result in enlarged or deformed bones.
In 1998, she received the Paget Foundation’s John B. Johnson Award for her
commitment to the study and treatment of the disease. She practiced medicine
one day a week at the USC Student Health Center until 1985. She continued
to teach until less than two weeks before her death. She is survived by husband
Richard, sons Robert and Richard Jr., daughter-in-law Jan and four grandchildren.