ALLAN FAINBARG was inducted as a member of the Santa Ana College Alumni Hall of Fame. A 1940 graduate of the community college, his business career in Santa Ana, Calif., earned him a private-sector initiative commendation from then-President Ronald Reagan for leadership in community revitalization.

WILLIAM FEATHERS, president of the 20-year-old Feathers Consulting Services, has formed Feathers Executive Search, a Tarzana, Calif.-based executive search firm specializing in real estate, architecture, interior design and commercial construction. Feathers will also serve as president of the firm.

LLOYD WEITZMAN MS ’56 and his wife, Marcia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Alaska on the cruise ship M.S. Maasdam. Lloyd, the former golf coach at Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, Calif., recently had two holes-in-one at his home course at SaddleBrooke, near Tucson, Ariz.

VERN LAWSON celebrated a 50-year career in journalism in June. He is managing editor of the daily Antelope Valley Press, where he has been prospecting for news for the past 42 years. Currently, he is working on a book that will chronicle the high-desert’s aerospace and community achievements during the last half century.

MARTIN LITVIN has completed a new book – his 18th – titled Scenes from a Forgotten Life (Western Books), a fictional, first-person account of Jewish immigrant life in the American Midwest. Litvin lives and writes on a farm near his birthplace, Galesburg, Ill.

NANCY J. RALSTON ILLO attended her 50th anniversary reunion on campus last May. A retired English professor at Cal State Fullerton, she teaches writing classes that focus on telling life stories at senior citizen centers.

ROBERT K. AVAKIAN DDS ’54, was honored as the 1998 Alumnus of the Year by the USC School of Dentistry. An instructor at the school since 1975, Avakian is clinical professor of restorative dentistry. Besides being a member of all the dental school support groups, he’s also served in the USC Dental Alumni Association as an officer and board member.

JACK LINDQUIST was named Honorary Alumnus by Cal State Fullerton. He is president and CEO of the Irvine, Calif.-based Lindquist Group Inc. and retired president of Disneyland. The Newport Beach resident is a member of the CSUF University Advisory Board.

WILLIAM MELTON MS ’52 has published a novel, Even Lovers Drown, which he researched and wrote on a recent trip to Ireland to study the life of Nobel Prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats. The book can be obtained online (www.xlibris.com). He and his wife, Cle, reside in La Habra, Calif.

C.J. "DUSTY" BLASIAR and Evelyn Blasiar celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and 50 years in business as founders of Alert Communications Co. The company has grown from just the Blasiars to more than 700 employees. A gala party was held celebrating both events.

THEODORE J. VASS is a retired airline pilot living in Lake City, Fla. In related career activities, he worked as a labor union officer; a director of pilot labor agreement administration in airline management; a check pilot manager; a division chief in the U.S. Department of Transportation; and a consultant, mediator and arbitrator in labor disputes.

CARROLL LEWISMA was honored as Outstanding Alumnus by Southwest Missouri State University’s Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary Society. He was a band and orchestra director for 30 years in Missouri schools before retiring in 1983.

ALFONSO B. PEREZ MS was inducted into the Occidental College Hall of Fame in recognition of his lifetime achievements and contributions to his community. A 1947 graduate of Occidental, Perez is executive director of Fiesta Educativa Inc., a group serving disabled Latino children. He lives in Temecula, Calif., with his wife, Celia.

MARK A. THORESON has been selected director of the Smithsonian Institution’s capital campaign, overseeing the fund-raising priorities within the institution’s museums and research facilities. Previously, he was director of development at the Monterey (Calif.) Institute of International Studies.

RICHARD SETLOWE’s fifth novel, The Sexual Occupation of Japan, was recently published by HarperCollins. The thriller is part of a three-book pact: HarperCollins has also bought Setlowe’s next novel, Port of Entry, and will publish the paperback edition of his previous novel, The Black Sea.

HARVEY L. ZUCKMAN is co-author of Modern Communication Law (West Group), a three-volume encyclopedia combining for the first time coverage of First Amendment issues, media law and telecommunications regulation. Zuckman is professor of law and director of the Institute for Communications Law Studies at the Washington, D.C.-based Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.

JOSEPH R. CERRELL has been elected president of the National Italian American Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan group dedicated to promoting the contributions of Italian Americans. Cerrell is founder, chairman and CEO of Cerrell Associates, a Los Angeles-based government affairs and public relations firm now in its 33rd year.

CARL R. TERZIAN was honored by the Children’s Dental Center in Inglewood, Calif., for “his wisdom and inspiration in reminding us of the great joy which comes from helping others” and for “his dedication to the improved lives of thousands of children.” He is founder of the Los Angeles public relations firm, Carl Terzian Associates.

Artist BARBARA MYERS GARLINGHOUSE exhibited “Botanical Illustrations of Sierra Wildflowers” in the Mono County (Calif.) Arts Council Gallery. The show was funded by a grant from the Mono County Arts Council with support from the town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County.

CARMEN GONZALES ANTHONY is the author of Getting Married After 40 – Advice & Inspiration from 100 Women Who Found Good Men & Happy Marriages (Adams Media Corp.). The 100 women, who were 40 or older when they married or remarried, share their stories of how they met men, overcame their fears, survived first dates, impressed (or didn’t impress) potential stepkids, and other crucial dating and mating issues. Anthony lives in New York City with her husband, Jerry Maher.

STEPHEN J. FRYER was named acting CEO of Pen Interconnect, a manufacturing service provider headquartered in Irvine, Calif. Fryer retains the title of president, a position to which he was appointed last year.

J. WAYNE LITTLES MS, PhD ’69, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. A consultant and retiree of NASA Marshall, Littles was honored for outstanding technical and management leadership in flight safety, propulsion, and space systems, and for significant engineering contributions to the nation’s space program.

FRANCES S. GROVER PhD was presented with an honorary degree by the State University of New York. A 1945 alumna of SUNY at Cortland, Grover was recognized as a pioneer for women entering the medical sciences. She is currently a professor of anatomy and assistant dean for academic affairs at the UCLA School of Medicine.

CLAUS BENEKER MS was promoted to vice president and chief technical officer at Parker Hannifin Corp., a diversified industrial and aerospace manufacturer with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. Beneker is based at the company’s Irvine, Calif., offices. He resides in Santa Ana.

USC Associate Registrar FRED DEAR MS ’69 was elected 1998-99 vice president for four-year institutions of the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

DAVID M. BEE MD accepted a position with the Faculty Medical Group at Southern California’s Loma Linda University, joining the General Internal Medicine Department with the rank of assistant professor of medicine. Bee practiced internal medicine in Glendale until 1993 and was a medical director for both FHP/Pacificare and United Healthcare.

STEVEN J. HARRIS accepted the position of vice president of communications at General Motors Corp. in Detroit. He had been senior vice president of communications at DaimlerChrysler Corp.

HOWARD A. MYRICK MA, PhD ’68, a professor of broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media at Temple University, has been confirmed as a new member of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission. Nominated by Gov. Tom Ridge and confirmed by the state senate, Myrick will represent Philadelphia on the commission until November 2000.

HAROLD GRANTHAM MA, a California educator for 39 years at the secondary and community college levels, has retired. While at El Camino College, he served as professor of history, associate dean and dean. Grantham lives in Torrance, Calif., where he remains active teaching part time.

ANGI MA WONG, award-winning author and businesswoman, has written three new books that have been published by Heritage Books. The Woman’s 4-Minute Bible: Lifelong Lessons for Personal Empowerment; Feng Shui Desk for Success Tool Kit; and the Feng Shui Color Wheel Kit were released in June. Feng Shui is the Chinese art of placement.

JAMES BAUCHIERO MBA ’83 was named chief financial officer by LifeTrust America Inc., a senior services company based in Nashville, Tenn., that provides community-based residential and wellcare services.

GLENN A. MUEGEL DMA retired from college music teaching after a 36-year career that included various violin and string education appointments in North Dakota, California, Ohio, and most recently in North Carolina. Muegel also held principal positions in regional orchestras. He will continue to perform with orchestras close to his home in North Carolina.

CRAIG A. STEPHENS became a partner at KCM Investment Advisors in Larkspur, Calif. He was formerly a senior portfolio manager at Dresdner RCM Global Investors, specializing in individual high net worth accounts. Stephens lives in San Francisco with his wife, Sara.

PAMELA HETHERINGTON is a physician at the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She recently also joined the Yale Child Study Center, pursuing her interest in child psychiatry in underserved areas.

JOSEPH T. FAULKNER has been named executive vice president and managing director of Grubb & Ellis Co.’s downtown Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley offices. The Manhattan Beach resident has worked in the commercial real estate business for 22 years.

VALERIE NEAL MA, a space history curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, spent the spring semester at Vanderbilt University in Nashville as a visiting professor in the Science, Technology and Humanities Program.

Architect ROGER YANAGITA unveiled the “Go for Broke” Monument honoring Japanese American men and women who served the United States during World War II. His competition-winning design is a black granite circle 40 feet in diameter and nine feet high. The monument is erected between First and Temple streets, north of the Museum of Contemporary Art, in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles.

RICHARD M. BROWN EdD, a retired administrator from the Kern High School District in Bakersfield, Calif., chairs the Advisory Committee on Correctional Education for the California Department of Corrections.

LAWRENCE FETTERS MPA joined Inter-Con Security Systems Inc. of Pasadena, Calif., as vice president for operations. He is formerly the deputy director of security for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, which staged the 1996 Olympics.

REGINALD LATHAM is the new regional chairman for the Los Angeles/Orange County unit of the California Trucking Associ-ation. President of ChemTrans, a liquid bulk chemical-trucking firm based in Gardena, Calif., Lathan is the first African-American to hold the post. He serves on the board of governors of the USC Alumni Association, as well as on the advisory board of the USC Marshall School of Business Entrepreneur Program, and is vice chairman of the USC Community Advisory Council.

TRUDE A. TSUJIMOTO has been appointed secretary and general counsel for the Newhall Land and Farming Co. in Valencia, Calif. Previously she was president, senior counsel and secretary at CB Richard Ellis Inc.

HIKMET UCOK MS, PhD ’79, received the Chair-man’s Award, Unocal Corp.’s highest honor, for his contributions to the development of the super-giant oil field in the Caspian Sea of Azerbaijan. Currently, Ucok is a development team leader for the Azerbaijan International Operating Co., a consortium of 11 oil companies including Unocal.


DAVID JAMES BELLIS MA, PhD, professor of public administration at Cal State San Bernardino, has been elected chairman of that university’s Department of Public Administration. Bellis also serves as director of his department’s master of public administration program. He is completing a book comparing the HIV and hepatitis C risk behavior of Mexican and Southern Californian female street-sex workers. His e-mail address is <dbellis@csusb.edu>. Bellis, his wife, Ann, and son, James, live in Lake Arrowhead.

GERALDINE KNATZ MS, PhD ’79, was voted chair-elect of the National Sea Grant Review Panel by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She is managing director for the Port of Long Beach and an instructor in USC’s Department of Civil Engineering.

RALPH WINGE DDS has invented a new toothbrushing technique consisting of tapping and bouncing the brush on the teeth and gums. He is reported to be only the seventh person in history to have a toothbrushing method recognized and named after the inventor.

JEFF CHASE MBA ’79 was named director of finance for E-TEK Dynamics in San Jose, Calif., and recently helped the company go public. He was previously with 3Com in a variety of treasury and audit management positions.

BILL DAUSTER MA ’81 accepted the positions of deputy director of the National Economic Council and deputy assistant to President Clinton for economic policy. He is working primarily on budget and Social Security matters. Dauster previously served on the staffs of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) and Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minnesota).

JOSEPH B. MORGAN MS has been appointed Colorado state director of the Troops to Teachers program, following his retirement from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service. Morgan’s son, Joel, is a junior at USC majoring in environmental science on a four-year ROTC scholarship, and a member of Delta Chi fraternity.

CONSTANZA IRIARTE has been appointed to the board of directors of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, the physician partnership that provides medical care and services exclusively to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan members. She is a physician in the Head and Neck Surgery Department of the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center.

DENNIS L. RICHARDSON has been promoted from vice president to senior vice president at Cushman Realty Corp., a real estate brokerage firm headquartered in Los Angeles.

MARK HOCHGESANG MBA ’81 left Nike to begin his own executive search firm, Rialto Resources, based in Portland, Ore. He was director of sales for Nike Inc.’s equipment division the past two years. Current Rialto Resources clients include Fogdog Sports, Harbinger, Yakima and Nike.

CONRAD L. MALLETT JR., JD, MPA, was the featured speaker in a presentation titled “In Defense of Affirmative Action” at Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. A former chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court (one of only six African-American chief justices in the country), Mallett is now a principal with the Detroit-based law firm Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone P.L.C. He recently received a merit award from the USC Alumni Association.

PAUL R. NEVANS MBA has been named vice president and director of financial planning of U.S. Trust Co. N.A., responsible for providing services to the company’s clients throughout the West Coast.

WALTER S. SANFORD left the ranks of residential real estate brokers and has entered the real estate speaking field, teaching agents how to perform at a higher level. He can be reached at (562) 434-7253.

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