JOE T. ATOR is retired after a 42-year career in research and engineering and lives in Bear Valley Springs, Calif., in the Tehachapi mountains. For 25 years he worked at The Aerospace Corp. in Los Angeles, primarily in the design of space systems involving optics and astronomy. He continues to serve as a senior trustee of Abilene Christian University and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also recently wrote a book, The Return of Credibility: Scientific Discoveries Support Belief in the Bible’s Creation Account, published by Vantage Press.

JOSEPH E. SHORR MEd, PhD ’51, the founder and first president of the American Association for the Study of Mental Imagery, has written a book entitled The Psychologist’s Imagination and the Fantastic World of Imagery. His popular book is called Go See the Movie in Your Head.

MARTIN LITVIN’s 16th book, The Inept Apprentice (Zephyr Publishing Company), was published March 31 on the eve of his 70th birthday. An illustrated work of nonfiction, the book is set in England during the author’s military service. A new biography by Litvin, Young Carl Sandburg, was recently serialized and will soon be issued as a book. Litvin, who is almost totally blind due to diabetes, writes with the aid of a closed circuit television machine.

JEAN (REDLICH) MOSHIN has retired from a full-time position as adult education instructor to be a part-time instructor for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is also the financial manager of the family owned vineyard on the Russian River in Sonoma County, the Moshin Vineyards, which produces prize-winning Pinot Noir wines. She resides in Los Angeles.

GORDON ANDERSON, director and chairman of the board of the Santa Fe International Corp., received the USC Engineering Alumnus Award for his dedication, leadership and commitment to the university. Santa Fe and affiliated companies are engaged in oil drilling services on a worldwide basis. Anderson currently serves on the School of Engineering’s board of councilors. The USC School of Engineering is the largest private school of engineering in the American West and the fourth largest in the nation.

JEROME (JERRY) BLANKINSHIP MS ’56 received the 1997 Clark County Chaplain of the Year Award. Blankinship has served as the director of pastoral care and senior chaplain at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nev., since 1976. He is also celebrating the 40th year of his ordination into the ministry.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT GARDNER II has received national critical acclaim for his new book, Flip Side: A Novel of Suspense (Knoll). The novel is unique in content and format, giving readers two versions of the same high-profile multiple-murder case by flipping the book over to read the opposing perspective. Gardner lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Virginia MS ’73. His daughter, Julia, is also a USC alumna (BA ’89).

JANET (HUMMEL) SMITH MEd retired after 12 years as trustee of the Palos Verdes Library District, including service as board president in 1988 and 1993. She recently received the California Association of Library Trustees & Commissioners 1997 Trustee of the Year Award for outstanding service to a local library, as well as numerous other honors and awards for her public service.

CARL T. TERZIAN, a public relations consultant in West Los Angeles and past president of the Los Angeles Fire Commission, addressed the national convention of the American Institute of Architects on creative marketing at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

SAM BLUEFARB MA has written a novel, Reunion (Creative Arts Book Co.), based on his own life. Set in postwar, 1940s Los Angeles, it features a heroine who is a Trojan and a hero who is a Bruin.

ALBERT A. DORMAN MS was inducted into the National Academy of Engineers. The first chairman and chief executive officer of AECOM Technology Corporation, he is now assisting the NAE with the integration of civil engineering and architecture for large-scale public works projects.

RICHARD E. LAWRENCE joined Encino State Bank as executive vice president, regional manager, and is managing its Santa Monica Loan Production Office.

JAMES C. CLIFFORD has retired from Rockwell International after 33 years with the corporation, holding various positions in operations and program management. He is a director on the board of Legacy Capital Management Inc., located in Roseville, Calif., and is a life member of the USC Alumni Association.

KENNETH W. AGID MA ’70, a real estate marketing consultant, has been appointed vice president of marketing for Playa Vista, a residential and commercial community in Los Angeles.

JAMES L. LOPER PhD was elected chairman of the California Arts Council, on which he served since his appointment in 1991 by Governor Pete Wilson. Loper is executive director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, Calif. He spent 19 years at KCET, serving as president and CEO for five years.

PIETER VANDENBURG MBA, DBA ’71, received the 1998 Distinguished Faculty Award from the San Diego State University College of Business Administration. He is a professor of finance whose research specialties include stock options and futures, bankruptcy and capital budgeting.

PAUL F. CUMMINS PhD, president of Crossroads School and a founder of New Roads School in Santa Monica, Calif., is the author of For Mortal Stakes: Solutions for Schools and Society (Peter Lang Publishing Company and Bramble Books).

BARRY PASCAL PharmD was the 1998 recipient of the “Jack Oakie Joakie Award,” after the late actor Jack Oakie, in Granada Hills, Calif.

ARTHUR YAMAMOTO PharmD has been appointed Pharmacy Administrative Services Leader for the California Division of Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program. He was previously the staff assistant to the director of pharmacy operations in Kaiser’s Southern California Region.

MARK M. BRAUER, after more than 20 years working in various engineering design capacities with major Department of Defense contractors, accepted a tenure-track appointment as associate professor with the Industrial Engineering Department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He is a lifetime member of the USC Alumni Association, a member of USC’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, and served on USC’s Industrial Systems and Engineering 50th Anniversary Advisory Group.

H. JOE EDGINGTON EdD retired from the ministry in the United Methodist Church after 11 years of service. In the mid-1980s, he completed an administrative career spanning 34 years, three states and two foreign countries, and returned to school to begin work on a MTh degree at the age of 59.

JOHN J. MOOHR is the new executive director of the Los Angeles law firm of Alschuler Grossman & Pines LLP. He previously held similar positions with various Southern California law firms.

Night of the Moon by ANGI MA WONG has been selected by the California Readers for inclusion in the California Collection, 100 books by California authors that reflect a wide range of curriculum areas, fiction and nonfiction. Wong’s book is based on her husband’s family history and set in the Los Angeles Chinatown riot and massacre of 1871. It is published by Pacific Heritage Books.

KEN C. DAHLBERG MS has been named executive vice president of Raytheon, a global technology company based in Lexington, Mass. Previously he held various leadership positions during a 30-year career at Hughes Electronics Corporation.

DONNA LOPIANO MA, PhD ’74, is executive director of the Women’s Sports Foundation in East Meadow, N.Y. In May she received an honorary doctorate degree from Ripon (Wis.) College in recognition of her contribution to Title IX of the Education Act of 1972, prohibiting sex discrimination in federally assisted education programs.

TERRY R. PERKINS JD ’72 was elected vice president of Pacific Life Insurance Company in Newport Beach, Calif.

JOHN REID, presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court of California, Criminal Division, was honored as the Outstanding Judicial Officer by the Southwestern University School of Law Alumni Association last April.

ROBERT E. SMITH PharmD has been elected president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

JIM WHITSETT MPA has been named as manager, benefits, compensation and employment, for the Northern California Division of American Medical Response, a provider of emergency medical services and ambulance transportation in Livermore, Calif. Whitsett and his wife, Sally, reside in Pleasant Hill.

E.F. (GENE) CRONIN, JR. MBA has joined Alain Pinel Realtors in Orinda, Calif. He and his wife, Patty, have been real estate agents in the Contra Costa area for several years.

PATRICK R. DIXON has been named Prosecuting Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is a 23-year veteran of the Los Angeles Country District Attorney’s office, currently serving as senior trial attorney in the major crimes division. Dixon resides in Pasadena with his wife, Diane ’73, and daughter, Colleen.

MICHAEL G. BOCK MS has joined the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP in Pittsburgh, Penn., as a partner, practicing all aspects of construction industry law. He was previously with the Pittsburgh office of Buchanan Ingersol P.C.

JOSEPH E. HANCOCK received the Juris Doctor degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth last May. He also has an MD from Hahnemann (now Allegheny) University in Philadelphia, Penn., and has practiced medicine since 1978.

BRUCE L. MEGOWAN MBA ’79 joined the real estate investment banking firm Chadwick, Saylor & Co. as senior real estate director. He is located in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

STEPHEN RANDALL has been named Playboy magazine’s executive editor. He joined the magazine as its West Coast editor in 1981 and has served as articles editor since 1994.

JOSEPH BENITEZ PharmD has been named the national sales manager for the long-term care division of Eli Lilly & Company, based in Indianopolis, Ind.

LAYNA J. BROWDY was appointed director of investor relations and corporate communications at Amplicon, Inc., a lessor of high technology capital assets based in Santa Ana, Calif.

JOHN A. HOTZ, JR. MBA was hired as president of General Valve Company in Houston, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Sandy, and their two daughters.

GORDON GREGORY has founded Mosaic Capital, an investment banking firm in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and has been joined at the firm by ROBERT BAKER MBA ’68, MRED ’91, CRAIG MILLER ’75, MBA ’77, and DOUG LEVINSON JD ’83.

STEPHEN P. GRIMES has been named chairman of the Arthritis Foundation’s fourth-annual Mini Grand Prix fund-raising event presented by the Bandai Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of children through monetary donations and community involvement. Grimes is vice president of finance for Bandai America Inc. and a resident of Fountain Valley, Calif.

ROBERTA J. NICHOLS MS was inducted into the National Academy of Engineers for her contributions to the development of alternative fuels and flexible-fuel vehicles. She lives in Plymouth, Mich., where she is retired from the Ford Motor Company.

RONALD L. MURONE retired from the U.S. Air Force in the rank of lieutenant colonel after a 20-year career as a construction engineer. He has joined the architectural firm of CMA International as the project manager for reconstruction of the Inter-Continental Hotel in Budapest, Hungary.

LEAH GASENDO is an attorney with Pollard, Harrell and Googooian in Pasadena, Calif. Her husband, ROBERT Y. NISHIDA ’79, is employed with Centric Resources in Santa Ana.

KATHERINE (CHADDOCK) REYNOLDS MPA is the author of Visions and Vanities (Louisiana State University Press), a biography of John Andrew Rice, the iconoclastic educator and founder of Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Reynolds is currently assistant professor of education at the University of South Carolina.

DENNIS J. TEPPER MPA, administrative assistant to the director of the Canandaigua (N.Y.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has recertified as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. To become recertified, he participated in continuing education and voluntary, professional and community/civic affairs.

GRETCHEN HEFFLER MPA ’84 has joined Intropa Tours, a musical and special programs tour company, as sales and marketing coordinator in its West Coast office in Sunnyvale, Calif. Heffler is a member of the Trojan Band Alumni Board of Directors.

LARRY J. KOSMONT MPA has been appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to another term as a director of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He is president of Los Angeles-based Kosmont & Associates, Inc., real estate advisors.

RICHARD E. RUSSELL MPA retired from the FAA after a 23-year career that included service as a policy officer, safety inspector and program and branch manager. He is now an advisor and instructor for the Oklahoma Resident Center of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and CEO/manager of an aviation consulting firm.

CATHI VOGEL MPA recently joined a team of 10 North American volunteers who taught English to youngsters and adults in the city of Rota on the southern Atlantic coast of Spain. The service program was coordinated by Global Volunteers, an international development organization. Vogel is an educational consultant in San Ramon, Calif.

JOSEPH E. BRANN MPA was honored last spring as a distinguished alumnus by California State University, Fullerton. He is director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services in Arlington, Va.

MARCIA B. FULLER received a master’s degree in aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the age of 66. She flies as a private pilot and volunteers for the San Fernando Chapter of the International Association of Women Pilots.

LEONARD R. BORRMANN PharmD ’84 has been named the chief executive officer for Acadia Pharmaceuticals based in San Diego, Calif. He was previously at Allergan for 14 years, holding positions in clinical research, marketing and business development.



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