Marriages


Jonathan Lewis Boggs ’83 and Marie Ann Casey

Gale Daikoku ’86, MBA ’99 and Troy Bommelaere

Thomas A. Donohue ’92 and Katarina S. Hagman ’00

Cynthia J. Liska ’92 and Timothy W. Burns

Joseph F. Torres Jr. ’93 and Andrea M. Gibson ’95

Michael Ward ’93 and Violet Rodriguez ’94

Matthew Burdusis ’94 and Donna Robinson

Christine Talicuran ’94, MHA ’99 and Christopher Gonzales

Julie Ann Breckheimer ’95 and Gary Cann

Roger C. Horne ’95 and Sharon Horvath

Rachel McDevitt ’95 and Rick Pardo

Michelle Mulet ’95 and Michael Nicholls

Denis Costello ’96 and Leslie McCammon

Gregory Irwin ’96 and Carolyn Hamada

Colleen Michele Lucas ’96 and Scott Ian Campbell ’97

Thomas Bywater ’97 and Wiparat Chamnanmaroeng

William J.Y. Tong DDS ’98 and Yvonne Wong DDS ’01

Andrea Bednar ’99 and Richard Kriegler

Jenean M. Palmer MBA ’99 and Malcolm H. Glover II

Minta Nargess Ershaghi ’01 and Erick Kurosh Spencer

Todd Stefan ’01 and Victoria Langlamet ‘01



Births

William James Spencer MD ’80 and Michelle H. Spencer, a daughter, Kristin Marie. She joins siblings Kathleen, Michael, Jacquelyn and William

Brian P. Kolodji ’81 and Anne Kolodji, a daughter, Sheila Kim

Kevin F. Kevorkian ’83, MD ’85 and Leslie Kevorkian, a daughter, Claire Elizabeth. She joins her brother Kyle Frank. They are the niece and nephew of Jay Dick ’87, Tim Smith ’84 and Kristen (Kevorkian) Smith ’87

Carolyn (Bobb) Whitby ’83 and Jon Whitby, a daughter, Jessica. She is the granddaughter of Miriam Webb Bobb ’50 and Jack Edward Bobb ’50

Bill Baber ’85 and Jean Baber, a son, Isaac Taylor. He joins his three sisters

Christine (Carter) Conway ’85 and Daniel Sean Conway, a son, Quinn James. He joins his sister, Grace Taormina

Maxx (Komack) Walske ’87 and Kirk Jon Walske ’88, a son, James Marc. He joins his sister, Tyler Tisdale, 4. He is the grandson of Jeanne Tisdale Trudeau MSW ’75, PhD ’90, and Dennis Archambault MPA ’84, MFA ’89

Colleen (Obuljen) Palla ’89 and John Palla, a son, John Michael. He joins sisters Lauren, 4, and Morgan, 2. He is the nephew of Brett Obuljen ’89 and Karen Kesselman ’89

Susan (Ridgeway) Lester ’89, a daughter, Sophia Ann. She joins brother Nolan, 3. She is the granddaughter of William V. Ridgeway ’55, DDS ’58, MS ’62 and Polly (Garverick) Ridgeway ’55, MS ’58, and the niece of William V. Ridgeway Jr. DVM ’88

April M. (Nishioka) Joke RDH ’90 and Jon S. Joke, a daughter, Madison Meiko. She joins brother Nicholas, 2. She is the cousin of Erica K. (Oyadomari) Lau ’97

Richard A. Smyth ’90 and Bonnie B. Smyth, a son, Alexander James. He is the grandson of Douglas Smyth ’64

Merry (Dawson) Bown ’91 and Patrick Bown, a son, Julian David

Elizabeth (Kennedy) Kemp ’91 and K. Ross Kemp, a daughter, Caroline Nicole. She joins their first daughter, Kathryn, 2 1/2

Leslie Koster O’Connor ’91 and Fritz O’Connor, a son, Colin Patrick Charles

Todd Sharp ’91 and Stacey (Gilbert) Sharp ’92, a son, Ethan Zachary. He joins brother Jarrett, 2

Eric Berg ’92 and Christie Berg, a son, Max Everett. He joins brother Jack Gustave, 2. Both are the grandsons of David G. Berg ’60 and Kay (Steltenkamp) Berg ’60, and the nephews of Julie Kay Berg ’87

Stephen Garrett ’92 and Ann (Backowski) Garrett ’93, a son, Jack Lawrence
Michele L. (Leong) Jarvis ’92, MS ’97 and Johnathan R. Jarvis MS ’97, a son, Patrick Tyler Leong. He joins his brother, Bradley Michael

Gregory D. Larson ’92 and Rachelle D. Larson, a daughter, Alena DeRosiers. She is the granddaughter of Betty (Puttler) Larson ’62 and the niece of Lance M. Larson ’90, Gary L. Larson ’94 and Randall S. Larson ’96

Kristi (Horgan) Link ’92 and Christopher L. Link, a son, Carter Leland. He joins his brother Charlie, 2. He is the grandson of Kathi Morris Horgan ’62 and the great-grandson of Charles Morris ’32

Diane (Tonkovich) Miller ’92 and Douglas Miller, a son, Maxwell Harris. He is the great-great-grandson of Ruth (Dallman) Launer ’16, the great-grandson of Earl Harris ’39 and Eunice (Launer) Harris ’39, the great-grandson of Ruthmarie (Launer) Gruber ’41, the grandson of Janet (Harris) Tonkovich ’65, the great-nephew of Kathleen (Harris) Windsor ’66 and the nephew of Matthew Tonkovich ’92 and Gregory Tonkovich ’94

Nancy (Abbott) Tupy ’92 and Joseph Tupy MBA ’93, a daughter, Katherine Grace. She joins sister Madeline

Edyta Frackiewicz PharmD ’93 and Richard Koziol, a son, Matthew John. He joins his 2-year-old brother, Jakub Martin

Andrew Schuh ’93 and Bonnie (Wolfe) Schuh ’93, a daughter, Juliana Corlett. She joins brother Aaron, 10, and sister Hannah, 2

Aaron Bean ’94 and Karen Bean, a daughter, Lauren Ann

Sofia Sukarto MBA ’97 and Jung S. Tjong, a boy, Davin Alexander Tjong. He is the nephew of Iwan Satawidinata ’90, Lilly Tanuwijaya ’91 and Conrad Kong ’97.



Deaths

Ethel Frances Maddux ’28, of Camarillo, Calif.; Oct. 18, 2001, at the age of 95. She attended Redlands University for a year before transferring to USC, where she graduated with a speech major. While at USC, she met Albert Lelen Maddux ’27, and they married in September 1928. After graduating in economics, Albert went to work for the Calavo Growers Association. The couple lived in Los Angeles, Oakland, New York, Chicago and all across California, eventually purchasing a ranch in Santa Margarita, Calif., in 1987. In addition to being a wife and mother, she served during World War II as a nurse’s aide at the Foster Memorial Hospital (now Community Memorial, Ventura), was president of the Ventura County Republican Women and was the first woman to serve on the Fillmore High School Board. She also served as superintendent of education and deacon in the Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her three sons, Lelen of Santa Margarita, James of Camarillo and John of Arroyo Grande; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fillmore High School Scholarship Foundation or the Ventura County Historical Society.

Norman H. Wright ’34, of Dana Point, Calif.; July 21, 2001, at the age of 91. He was the last surviving writer to have worked on Disney’s fabled Fantasia. Educated in drama and motion pictures at USC, he began his career as an animator for Walt Disney Productions and later became a writer, producer and director. In 1940, he developed the story of “The Nutcracker Suite” sequence for Fantasia. The son of author Harold Bell Wright, he wrote his own children’s book, Chip, Chip, and co-founded a museum in his father’s honor in Branson, Mo.

John Richard Giddings ’36, of Porterville, Calif.; Aug. 29, 2001, at the age of 87. He was a graduate of the School of Public Administration, a member of Kappa Alpha and a torch member of Cardinal and Gold. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Betty.

Jack C. Clark ’37, of Santa Ana, Calif.; Sept. 10, 2001, at the age of 88. A native of Waurika, Okla., he played on the Trojan football team as an undergraduate and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. In 1939 he married Mildred Mickey Beckman of Santa Ana. During World War II he was an Army officer in the 86th Infantry Division and saw combat in Germany and the Philippines, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge. He worked as an accountant for the County of Orange Transportation Department, retiring in 1976. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mickey; sons Steven and Jay; daughter Laurie Ann Clark; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Clark’s name be sent to St. Joseph Health Care Hospice, 1845 W. Orangewood Ave., Suite 100A, Orange, CA 92868.

Ruth Geery Pearson ’37, MD ’61, of Torrance, Calif.; March 4, 2001, at the age of 88. She was an English teacher and assistant librarian early in her career and later served as the Torrance High School librarian for 20 years. She is survived by her daughter, Frances L. Pearson MS ’72.

Melvin Monday “Bud” Mason ’38; and Nov. 11, 2001. He graduated from USC with a bachelor’s in business administration. While at USC, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He is survived by his wife, Roseanne; his daughters, Melanie, Leslie, Barbara and Jean; and two grandchildren.

Joe Stone MA ’48, of Bellingham, Wash.; Oct. 5, 2001, at the age of 87. Born in Carstairs, Canada and reared in Redlands and Long Beach, Calif., he became a boxer, winning the state amateur lightweight boxing championship. After Navy service in World War II, he served 13 years as a boxing referee and judge, officiating at such major bouts as the Art Aragon-Chuck Davey fight. He refereed some 5,000 fights and judged about 2,000, earning induction into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994. He also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Loyola University and USC, and for 40 years taught English and writing for the screen and television at Loyola and Loyola Marymount University. In the 1950s, he worked as a writer for Universal and MGM studios, scripting episodes for such television series as “Bonanza” and co-writing the highly successful comedy film Operation Petticoat (1959), starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis.

Carl H. “Butter” Anderson ’38 of Nashville, Tenn.; July 30, 2001, at the age of 87. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Anderson, Ind. While at USC, he was a letterman in football and basketball. After graduation, he played semi-pro basketball in Indiana and was an assistant basketball coach to Everett Case at Frankfort High School. During World War II, Anderson served as lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy; when the war ended, Anderson and Case moved to Raleigh, N.C. to coach basketball at North Carolina State University. After leaving coaching, Anderson was involved in several businesses in Raleigh before moving to Nashville in the early 1960s. For many years he was affiliated with Occidental Life Insurance Co. and then Aetna Life. In his later years he owned as many as seven shoe repair shops in Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristin Anderson. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Harriet Biggs Anderson, his son, John L. Anderson, his daughter-in-law, Ellen Anderson, his granddaughter Kate Etue and her husband Todd, and his granddaughter Meg Ashworth and her husband Sam.

Robert Daniel Chambers ’39, of Aurora, Ore.; Aug. 26, 2001, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, at the age of 85. He was born in Mattoon, Ill., moving to California in 1930. He graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1934, Pasadena Junior College in 1937 and then from USC. He earned his B.S. in business administration with an emphasis in foreign trade from the College of Commerce and Business Administration, and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He married Margaret Brown in 1939. Drafted by the Army in 1945, he contracted pneumonia and was discharged in 1946. He then followed his father into the linen supply industry, eventually opening Chambers Linen Supply in Anaheim, Calif. He was involved with Kiwanis, Goodwill Ind., and the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. He married Louise Wagoner in 1971, and the couple lived in San Marcos, Calif. Following bypass surgery in 1976, he relocated to John Day, Ore., spending eight years there. During this time he wrote a book, The Jigsaw Puzzle of Small Business. He is survived by his second wife, Louise, two daughters from his first marriage, Robyn Chambers and Gayle Williams, and grandchildren Troy Wollwage ’91, Joshua Bruce and Jennifer Wollwage.

William Wallace Busby ’41, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Sept. 2, 2001, at the age of 82. He managed the 1939 USC football team under coach Howard Jones, the team that won the 1940 Rose Bowl. He was also a member of Skull and Dagger. He had a distinguished career with the Union Oil Company for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Emmy Lou Busby ’40, and his daughter, Mary Lou Carson.

Hazel (Hartzog) Tow ’41, of La Mesa, Calif.; Sept. 14, 2001, of complications from lung cancer, at the age of 81. She was a charter member of the Trojan League of San Diego and a veteran journalist whose accomplishments included being a World War II overseas correspondent for the United Press. While at USC, she served as women’s page editor of the Daily Trojan and was a staff member of the yearbook, El Rodeo, and the campus humor magazine, Wampus. She was also a member of Phi Mu fraternity and was elected to Amazons, a service honorary society, and Theta Sigma Phi journalism sorority. In 1943 she joined the Los Angeles Bureau of United Press, and in 1945 she became one of only 117 women war correspondents. She was the first American war correspondent to set ashore on occupied Japan, and her interview with Countess Satoko Otani, younger sister of the Japanese Empress, was the first ever granted the foreign press. She married Wallace Tow in 1947. From 1958 to 1966 she covered Imperial Valley social news for the San Diego Union; in the mid-1960s, she moved to San Diego to work for the Union full time. She transferred to the Evening Tribune in 1969 and became society editor in 1970, a position she served in for 14 years until her retirement in 1984. She was recognized in 1976 by the Salvation Army as a Woman of Dedication and received the Galley Slave Award from the San Diego chapter of Women in Communications. She was one of the first women members of the journalism society Sigma Delti Chi (now Society of Professional Journalists) and an honorary member of many community organizations, including Globe Guilders of the Globe Theatres and Las Primeras, a charitable organization.

Howard “Mo” Morgridge ’42, of Newport Beach, Calif.; July 28, 2001, of heart failure, at the age of 82. He was an architect known for his award-winning school and church designs. During his career, he provided architectural services for more than 1,000 educational buildings. He received the American Institute of Architects First Honor award for Corona del Mar School in 1948 and for Santa Monica City College in 1954. He became an AIA Fellow in 1966, and served as president of the Southern California Chapter of AIA in 1963 and as president of the statewide California Council in 1967. His religious building designs include Oneonta Congregational Church in South Pasadena and Palm Desert (Calif.) Community Church. He also designed projects at UCLA, USC, Pomona, Caltech and UC Santa Barbara. In addition to his career as an architect, he enjoyed recognition as an artist, particularly for his watercolor landscapes. He married Alice Covington Best in 1947, who preceded him in death in 1993. He is survived by his second wife, Kathryn Marie; his three daughters from his first marriage, Sarah Elizabeth, Susan Lynn and Shan Hill; and six grandchildren.

Earl Collings ’43, of Tequesta, Calif.; October 2001, at the age of 81. He was a member of the Tequesta Village Council from 1987 to 1995 and served as mayor of Tequesta from 1992 to 1993.

George Hasslein ’46, of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Aug. 24, 2001, of a heart attack, at the age of 83. He was the founding dean of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s School of Architecture and Environmental Design. A native of Los Angeles, he earned his architect’s degree from USC and joined the Cal Poly faculty in 1950. A year later he was named head of its then-new architectural engineering department. A staunch advocate of a multidisciplinary curriculum, he headed the School of Architecture and Environmental Design from its creation in 1968 until 1983, when he returned to teaching. The school he built includes instruction in architecture, architectural engineering, city and regional planning, construction management and landscape architecture. Hasslein was also a consultant to the Cal State board of trustees. Among his awards was one for excellence in education from the California Council of the American Institute of Architects.

Bill Terbeek ’46, of Kailua, Hawaii; Sept. 16, 2001, at the age of 75. Born and educated in Los Angeles, he received a college degree while in a Navy program at USC. He then attended the University of Chicago, where he received his divinity degree; he married Virginia Harutunian ’48 while completing his studies in Chicago. His first assignment was in Oregon as campus minister at Oregon State College in Corvallis. His ministry continued in North Hollywood First Christian Church, the regional office of the Disciples of Christ in Southern California and the First Christian Church of Whittier. His two children, Nancy ’72 and Jim, attended schools in North Hollywood and Whittier, then went to USC and Cal Poly. His first wife died in 1978. He married his second wife, former USC college friend Opal Peterson Stoneman ’46, MS ’72, in 1983, and the couple then moved to Hawaii, where he became a loving stepfather to Donna Stoneman ’71, MS ’74, Karen, Cheryl and Lori, Opal’s four daughters. He taught religion courses at Windward Community College and subsequently became minister of the First Christian Church of Honolulu. After retiring in 1990, he became involved, through the Hawaii Council of Churches, in the planning and building of Hale Mohalu in Pearl City, a retirement complex of 208 senior apartments for low-income and disabled persons and Hansen’s disease patients. He enjoyed travel and had seen the major countries of the world.

Frank Risch MA ’47, PhD ’49, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Sept. 13, 2001, at the age of 89. He was a psychologist who founded an innovative program in 1948 to prepare those afflicted with epilepsy for jobs in electronics and other industries. He became interested in the problems of those with physical challenges when he began working at the Los Angeles Veterans Administration Center as chief of epilepsy rehabilitation. He opened the first Epi-Lab training facility in Los Angeles in 1956 and helped develop others in Phoenix, Ariz., Long Island, N.Y., Evansville, Ind. and in Germany and other foreign countries. As his program developed, Lockheed, Douglas Aircraft, Hughes Aircraft and other aerospace companies provided contracts to Epi-Lab for work in electronic, mechanical and packaging assembly performed by epileptic workers. He received several awards for his efforts, including the prestigious Bel Greve Award from the National Rehabilitation Association in 1967 and a presidential citation from President Jimmy Carter. He served as chief of psychology service at the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital and was secretary-treasurer of the Western Institute on Epilepsy. He is survived by his wife, Sonya; his two sons, Neil and Harvey; two grandsons, Evan and Eric; a brother, Jack; and sister, Charlotte Reich. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Southern California, 3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 920, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Charles W. Summers DDS ’50, of Fort Collins, Colo.; Oct. 23, 2001, after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 80. He was born in St. Joseph County, Ind. and was trained as a meat cutter by his father. He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and served as a service pilot, ferrying airplanes across the Pacific to Australia. After the war, he entered the USC School of Dentistry; upon graduating, he was accepted into the US Army Dental Corps, where he completed training as an oral surgeon at the University of Michigan. Following medical retirement in 1974 from the military, he completed a postdoctoral master’s degree in education at the University of North Carolina and taught dental hygiene at Pueblo Community College in Pueblo, Colo. for 17 years. In 1993, he and his wife moved to Fort Collins, Colo. to be near the families of their three daughters. He is survived by his wife, Betty; six children, Gary, Judy Sawyer-Vos, Kent, Cliff, Jean Jenes and Vicky Watkins; 10 grandchildren and two brothers.

Yosef L. Tiber ’49, MD ’54, of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Sept. 8, 2001, of complications from leukemia, at the age of 73. He practiced in Los Angeles as the head of the pathology department at Midway Hospital until moving to San Luis Obispo. He is survived by his wife, Sheila; his sister, Muriel Greenberg; five nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

James A. Bennett PharmD ’49, of Glendale, Calif.; Oct. 6, 2001, at the age of 73. During 1946 and 1947, he served in the occupational forces in Livorno, Italy. While at USC, he was a member of Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, Pi Chapter and Skull and Dagger. He was the owner and operator of Physicians Prescriptions Pharmacy in Los Angeles for 44 years before retiring in 1998. He was a member of the USC Pharmacy Alumni Association, QSAD Centurion, California Pharmacists Association and the American Pharmaceutical Association. He is survived by his wife, Benla, and his children, Melinda, James and Paula. Donations can be made in his name to the USC School of Pharmacy, c/o Mary Wackerman, 1985 Zonal Ave. #711, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

William “Bill” Walker ’50, of Burbank, Calif.; Oct. 26, 2001, at the age of 78. He worked for 20 years as an administrator at Librascope in Glendale, Calif., and later was recruited by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he remained for 18 years, working in the communication division. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe during World War II. He was decorated with the American Theater Campaign Medal, Eamet Campaign Medal, three Bronze Service Stars and the Victory Medal. He attended Glendale Community College and graduated from the USC School of Business with a bachelor’s degree. He was a member of the Glendale Masonic Lodge 544 F&A.M., served as master of the Masonic Lodge in 1974, and later served as secretary for more than 18 years. He was a member of the Burbank Chapter Order of the Eastern Star 352, and served as Worthy Patron. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty; children Judy Maass of La Crescenta, Calif., Cheryl Bondy of Washington and Robert Walker of Leona Valley, Calif.; two grandchildren; sister Carolyn Daw of San Marino; and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in William Walker’s name to the Masonic Homes c/o Glendale Masonic Lodge No. 368, 244 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale, CA 91206.

Roger W. Schiveley DDS ’50, of Garden Grove, Calif.; June 18, 2001, at the age of 83. He practiced dentistry in Garden Grove for almost 50 years before his retirement in 1998. He served on the battleship West Virginia during World War II; following the war, he studied at Caltech and the USC School of Dentistry and worked as a clinical instructor at the school. He was the Orange County Dental Society’s liaison to the dental assistants’ organization and volunteered his dental services at the dental society’s clinic at the Orange County Medical Center. He also was a member of the Garden Grove Lions Club for 50 years and served as its president.

Jack Shaffer ’51, of Redondo Beach, Calif.; July 22, 2001, of heart failure, at the age of 76. World War II experiences, including the Battle of the Bulge, converted him to a lifetime of peace activism. After serving as chaplain at the University Methodist Church at USC, he worked in various community action programs in Los Angeles (including Head Start director and labor organizer), nationwide with VISTA and internationally as director of the Peace Corps in Jamaica. His work with cooperatives included a stint as cooperative development officer at the US Agency for International Development, as executive director of the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (based in Rome, Italy), and work as a cooperative development consultant for the International Cooperative Alliance and the World Council of Credit Unions. He authored the Historical Dictionary to the Cooperative Movement (published in 1999). He ran for Congress in 1972 and 1976. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1997 and was active in numerous Parkinson’s support and political action groups. He was thrilled to have attended his Half-Century Trojan reunion in May 2001.

Don Warhurst ME ’51, of Pomona Valley, Calif.; Nov. 10, 2001, at the age of 81. He was the winningest football coach in Cal Poly Pomona History. He coached the Broncos for 10 seasons (1957-66) and compiled a 56-33-2 record. After stepping down as coach, he remained on campus and served as athletic director for 12 years. He was named to the Cal Poly Pomona Hall of Fame in 1992 as a special honoree. Born in Santa Ana, he graduated Santa Ana High in 1938 and UC Berkeley in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He coached and taught math at Santa Ana High from 1946 to 1950 while completing his master’s degree in education at USC. He also served as an assistant coach for the Orange County Ramblers pro football team for two years. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; six daughters, Karen Beatty of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Tamara Achauer of Naples, Calif., Renee Scriven of Gibsonia, Pa., Janine Slucter of Claremont, Calif., Nanine Jones of Tiburon, Calif., and Margot Crofts of Poway, Calif.; three sons, Don of Claremont, Blane of Hayward, Calif. and Grant of Long Beach; 25 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Pomona Host Lions Club Vision Program, P.O. Box 3085, Pomona, CA 91769.

Nomie Shore MD ’53, of Los Angeles; September 2001, after a long battle with lung cancer, at the age of 77. He was an emeritus associate professor of pediatrics at USC. He earned his B.A. from UCLA in 1947 before attending USC. He joined the USC faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in 1961 and was promoted to associate professor in 1968. Board-certified in pediatrics and hematology-oncology, he became an emeritus faculty member in 1988.

Dan Butler ’56, MA ’64, of Ridgecrest, Calif.; Aug. 26, 2001, at the age of 72. He joined the Navy after high school graduation and attended aerographer’s school in Lakehurst, N.J. From there, he was stationed in China Lake. Calif. He married Barbara Burns in December 1948. After his Navy tour ended in 1949, he went to work as a weatherman for the U.S. Department of the Interior in San Diego. Later he attended El Camino College, graduating in 1954, then went on to USC, where he received both a bachelor’s and a master’s in American history. He began teaching in the Torrance School District in 1957, then moved back to China Lake in 1959 to teach. In 1966, he left the school system and returned to civil service at NWC China Lake. He worked in the engineering department for several years and in 1977 became the Michelson Laboratory coordinator, a position he held until his retirement in 1989. He served on the Indian Wells Valley Union School District board of trustees from 1969 to 1974 and was its president in the 1971-72 fiscal year. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter and son-in-law Dianne and Bill Campbell of Virginia; daughter and son-in-law Beverly and Ken Ewbank of Ridgecrest; a brother, Douglas J. Butler of Crowley Lake; and grandchildren Scott Campbell, Jennifer Ewbank and Ann Ewbank.

George Kotanian MEd ’56, and of San Gabriel, Calif.; at the age of 88. He was a district supervisor within LAUSD and served the school system for 44 years. Born in Boston, Mass., of Armenian immigrant parents, he came with his family to Los Angeles in the 1920s. He attended Los Angeles City College and graduated from the University of California with an education major. In the late 1930s, he began his long career with the Los Angeles Unified School District as an elementary school teacher and coach. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II and attended Officer Candidate School in Georgia. After the war, he returned to Los Angeles and earned his master’s at USC. He pioneered many of the recreation programs in South Los Angeles, enlisting the best teachers to participate in summer events such as crafts programs, daytime bus trips and day camp.

Jordan Weitzman MD ’57, of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Sept. 6, 2001, of a heart attack, at the age of 69. A pediatric surgeon, he was a professor of clinical surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and worked at LAC+USC Medical Center and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles for nearly 40 years. A graduate of UCLA, he earned his M.D. from USC at the top of his class. Considered a pioneer in pediatric surgery, he made several contributions in the management of Hirschsprung’s disease – a lack of nerve cells in a segment of a child’s bowel. He leaves his wife, Sylvia, two daughters and three grandchildren.

Richard Heim Pauley JD ’57, of Irvine, Calif.; July 13, 2001, at the age of 68. He was a senior consultant with Coldwell Banker & Co. in Newport Beach from 1963 to 1977, owner of Richard H. Pauley Co., Investment Realtors, Newport Beach and Tustin, since 1977, and a senior marketing executive with the Seely Co. of Irvine from 1986 to 1989. He is survived by his wife Jan, son Tyler, daughter Ellysa Del Guercio, grandchildren Christopher, Jordan and Camaryn, sister Danat House, nephew Gregory Snodgrass, niece Kristin Snodgrass and great-nephews William and Peter Snodgrass.

James Brooks Maue PhD ’61, of Long Beach, Calif.; Oct. 9, 2001, at the age of 80. He was a professor of philosophy at Cal State Long Beach, where he served as a graduate coordinator for the master’s program and as chairman of the department. He attended private and preparatory schools in Briarcliff Manor and Scarsborough, N.Y. before attending Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., graduating in 1948. He was president and rush chairman of Alpha Delta Phi and captain of the intercollegiate sailing team. He received a master’s degree from Stanford University in 1953 before earning his Ph.D. from USC. During WWII, he served as a medic in the 10th Mountain Division while in combat in Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star with an oakleaf cluster and two citations for heroic action. He also taught sailing and coached CSULB to two national sailing titles. An avid skier, he spent much of his retirement on family ski trips throughout the western United States. He leaves his wife, Jo; two daughters, Jonelle of Long Beach and LisaBeth of Ruidoso, N.M.; a grandson and a sister.

Richard Amerian ’59, JD ’62, of Toluca Lake, Calif.; Nov. 4, 2001, at the age of 63. He was an associate judge on the California Court of Appeal who retired in 1984 to become one of the state’s first private judges. While in private judging, he specialized in insurance, real estate, business and construction. He won a scholarship to USC and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in political science. After two years at a small firm in Redondo Beach, he joined a larger firm in downtown Los Angeles. When Gov. Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1970 at the age of 32, he was one of the youngest to be selected as a judge in the state. Eight years later, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed him to the Superior Court and, in 1982, named him to the Court of Appeal. He also sat as a pro tem justice on the state Supreme Court in 1982. He served as a delegate to and a chairman of the assembly of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church and was a founder and president of the Armenian Professional Society. He is survived by his son, Michael of Toluca Lake, Calif.; daughter Melissa; sister Frances Bozajian of Tarzana, Calif.; and brothers Roger of Malibu and Jim of Encino. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Justice Richard Amerian Scholarship Endowment, USC Law School, Room 100, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071.

E. Earle Nelson ’59, MS ’61, of Irvine, Calif.; Aug. 19, 2001, of liver cancer. For 32 years he worked for the McDonnell Douglas Corp. in the Southern California area, where he specialized in pattern recognition, self-organizing systems and digital signal processing. He attended Pasadena City College before transferring to USC. While at USC, he was a member of the Engineering Honors Societies, Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi, and joined the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, remaining a lifelong member. He was an avid sports fan and participant all his life, being especially devoted to USC football. He played football and basketball in high school and played golf and tennis as an adult. He married Donna M. Conterno in 1956, and together they had three children. He is survived by his son Steven and Steven’s children, Michael and Douglas, of Irvine, Calif.; his son Clifford and wife, Beverly, of Irvine; and his daughter Cherie, her husband Ronald Rowe and their two children, Kacey and Tucker, of San Diego.

Judith Patterson Riley ’60; Aug. 17, 2001, of complications from leukemia. She graduated from USC with a bachelor’s in education. She progressed through increasing levels of responsibility in the Newport Mesa Unified School District to become a master teacher. She is survived by two daughters, Roxanne Card and Robyn Strachan; a son, Richard Riley; and six grandchildren.

Stephen K. Nenno ’63, and of New York, N.Y.; July 30, 2001, of cancer, at the age of 59. He was a Los Angeles broadcast executive who became vice president of program operations for ABC Television. Born in Los Angeles, he began his career while studying communications at USC, serving as program director for KUSC-FM in his senior year. He joined ABC in 1968 as a unit manager and then supervisor of unit managers at its Hollywood studios. He moved to ABC’s New York headquarters in 1970 and for 18 years was director of program administration. He was promoted to vice president of program administration in 1988 and six years later moved up to his final position as vice president of program and broadcast operations. He served on the board of governors of both the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in New York and the International Radio and Television Society. He was active in Broadcast Pioneers and Alpha Epsilon Rho, a national broadcasting association.

Emily Augusta Odell MS ’67, of Yacolt, Wash.; Sept. 6, 2001, at the age of 97. During World War II she moved to Watertown, Mass., to live with her paternal grandparents, later returning to Southern California to finish high school. In 1944 she became interested in politics and was elected to the position of city clerk of Hawthorne, Calif. In 1947 she moved her family to Portland, Ore., where she worked for the State Public Welfare Department and became active in community affairs. In 1959 she graduated from San Francisco State College with a bachelor’s in teaching. Her first assignment was with the Hawthorne School District as an eighth-grade teacher. During that time she acquired a master’s degree in education at USC. She later served as the mayor of Yacolt, Wash. She is survived by her stepson, Donald Jones, of Yacolt; stepdaughter Wilma Sauer, of Brea, Calif.; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

Glenn R. Cass ’69, of Atlanta, Ga.; July 30, 2001, of cancer, at the age of 54. He was an expert on pollution who helped identify the mix of airborne chemicals that pollute urban areas. He specialized in the control of airborne particles, photochemical oxidants and improved visibility. In 1999, he initiated a study of airborne particles at 500 sites around the world, including seven in China. He earned his master’s degree at Stanford and his doctorate at Caltech, where he taught for 24 years before joining the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He served on several advisory committees for government agencies. His research included work for the Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, Exxon and the Ford Foundation.

Joseph Wymer, Sr. ’69, of La Verne, Calif.; Oct. 27, 2001, at the age of 78. He was a professor and head of the Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, earned his master’s from USC and a Ph.D. with an emphasis on industrial engineering from Golden State University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, participating in five invasions in Europe and Africa. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; a son, Joseph Jr. of Hesperia, Calif.; three daughters, Karen Stevens and Cherish McGuire, both of Upland, Calif., and Diana of Newbury Park, Calif.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Hunter Jr. of Vienna, Va., and Curtis of Marion, Va.

Richard H. Louisell ’80, of Reno, Nevada; Nov. 1, 2001, of adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN), a rare disease akin to multiple sclerosis that was featured in the film Lorenzo’s Oil. He spent the last two decades of his life working to find a means of ameliorating the disease’s impact. He dedicated himself to the Myelin Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to repair damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems of AMN-afflicted individuals. Louisell was a principal and founder of Advanced Scientific Solutions, specializing in environmental and engineering geological problems; his father, William Louisell, held joint appointments in USC’s departments of Physics and Electrical Engineering.

Edmund Glazer ’81 of Chatsworth, Calif.; Sept. 11, 2001, at the age of 41. He was aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. He was chief financial officer and vice president of finance and administration of MRV Communications, a manufacturer of optical-network components and systems. He joined the firm in 1994, eventually helping MRV grow from 100 to nearly 2,000 employees. A native of Zambia born to South African parents, Glazer immigrated to the United States when he was 17, attending Santa Monica College for two years, then graduating from USC. He is survived by his wife, Candy; his son, Nathan; his parents and a sister, all of whom live in Toronto, Canada.

Patience Bulle-Nleya ’87, of Los Angeles; September 2001, in a car accident outside Harrare, Zimbabwe, at the age of 38.

Vincent DeQuattro, of South Pasadena, Calif.; Aug. 17, 2001, of a heart attack, at the age of 67. He was a cardiologist and expert on hypertension who taught at the Keck School of Medicine of USC for 35 years. For many years he served as the chief of the hypertension service at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He wrote more than 140 articles and 40 chapters in medical textbooks, focusing mainly on the causes, prevention and treatment of hypertension and heart failure. He joined the Keck School as an assistant professor in 1964, eventually becoming a professor and, in 1974, chief of the hypertension service. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UC San Francisco in 1960 and a medical degree from George Washington University. His professional affiliations included membership in the American Society of Hypertension, the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians. He is survived by his wife, De-Ping “Debora” Li DeQuattro, seven children, four grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. Donations may be made to the White Memorial Center Charitable Foundation, 1720 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033.

Prasanna Kalahasthi, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Oct. 19, 2001, at the age of 25. A native of southern India, she was a student in the USC School of Dentistry. Her husband was killed on Sept. 11, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Charles “Chuck” M. Kober, of Long Beach, Calif.; Oct. 22, 2001, at the age of 78. He was an architect and a sailor who helped guide the yachting events for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. He competed in the Trans-Pacific Yacht Race and was a member of the U.S. Olympic yachting teams in 1960, 1964 and1972. He managed and coached the American team in the 1968 and 1980 Olympics; he also managed the U.S. team for the Pan American games in 1979 in Caracas, Venezuela. He was founder, president and director of the Pacific Coast Sailing Foundation, which administers the United States Sailing Center in Long Beach. In 1990, he earned the Nathaniel G. Herreshoff Trophy, the country’s highest sailing honor, in recognition of his work as a volunteer leader as well as competitor. He earned an economics degree at Stanford and then studied architecture at USC. Operating under Charles Kober Associates and other names, he combined his economics background with his creativity to design regional shopping centers, high-rise office complexes and residential developments. He planned the L.A. Vermont-Wilshire subway station. He is survived by his wife, Adra Merrill Kober; his daughter, Bonnie Kober Peterson; his son, Booey Kober; and four grandsons. Memorial donations can be made to the Pacific Coast Sailing Foundation, 5489 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803-4405.

C.J. (Kearney) Reeb; Sept. 10, 2001, at the age of 98. He was an athletic trainer for USC Trojan football, basketball, baseball and track from 1945 to 1958. As a young man, he played semi-pro baseball for the Huntington Park Elks team. During that time, he married Olga Vejrazka, and they had three daughters, all of whom attended USC. He studied to become a chiropractor and in 1945 got a job with the USC Trojans. After working at USC for 13 years, he went on to be the trainer for the San Diego Chargers, where he worked with coach Sid Gillman. He was with the Chargers when they won the AFL Championship in 1963. He is survived by his three daughters, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

John Russell, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Nov. 3, 2001, at the age of 88. He was the founder of USC’s astronomy department. A native of Ludington, Mich., he studied astronomy at UCLA and earned his doctorate at UC Berkeley. He became the first person to teach astronomy full time at USC and chaired its developing department. He was a pioneering meteor spectroscopist and active in the Meteoritic Society. Five years ago, when a “green flash” alarmed residents from San Francisco to Arizona, Russell set minds at rest by identifying the cause as a meteor.

Zoltan Szekely, of Banff, Canada; Oct. 5, 2001, at the age of 97. He was a famed violinist and a recital partner of composer Béla Bartók and was most recently an artist-in-residence at the Banff Center. He was born in Kocs, Hungary, and studied at Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy. At the age of 18, he appeared in sonata recitals with Bartók, who later wrote his violin concerto in honor of Szekely. Szekely performed the world premiere of the composition in 1939. He was the first violinist of the Hungarian String Quartet from 1937 to 1972; in the early 1950s, the quartet moved to Los Angeles and had a two-year residency at USC. He is survived by a son and two grandsons.

Leona Vennard, of Lake Forest, Calif.; Oct. 17, 2001, from an automobile accident, at the age of 95. She was an elementary school teacher and active in community service. She studied at Knoxville College in Galesberg, Ill., for one year, then moved to Chicago, where she met her husband, William Vennard. Together they moved to Los Angeles, where her husband became a distinguished member of the music faculty at USC. After she completed her education at Los Angeles City College, she taught second-grade at Windsor Hills Elementary School for many years. She served on the Scholarship Committee of Town and Gown of USC for several years. Later she became a docent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is survived by three nieces, three nephews and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews. In England she is survived by Vivienne Vennard and Cornish cousins. Contributions in her name may be made to the USC Town and Gown William and Leona Vennard Scholarship Fund.




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