Issue: Spring 2003

Marriage, Births and Deaths



Mark C. Baker ’87 and Charlene I. Florian

Diane Ver Steeg ’88 and Scott Anderson

Joyce Pierce Flanse ’90, MS ’93 and Jared E. Stout ’96

Thomas Garrett ’90 and Michele Cherry

E-ho Lin MBA ’92 and Caroline Kao

Joyce Corrales ’95 and Darin Courter

Heather L. Stroock ’96 and Scott R. Gordon

Heidi Ann Schreiber ’98 and Brian Agronovitz

Susan Smith Bautista MA ’00 and Juan Felipe Vallejo

Neha Sha MSW ’00 and Payul Shahpatel MBT ’00

Chris Comm ’01 and Kati O’Day MS ’01.


Pamela (Jones) Spain ’79 and James Edward Spain, a daughter, Sheridan Cecelia. She is the niece of D. Robert Jones ’78 and Janis (Lewis) Jones ’80

Aili (Tapio) Gardea ’85, MBA ’87 and Rene Gardea, a boy, Tadeo Francisco. He joins sister Anita, 11, and brothers Emilion, 8, and Matthew, 3

Nancy (Patrick) Jones ’85 and Bradford R. Jones, a daughter, Hailey Grace. She is the niece of Diane (Patrick) Edmonton ’77, Robert Edmonton ’77, William “Pat” H. Patrick ’81 and Amy Grace Patrick ’92

Lester Lim ’85 and Shari (Mieko) Kim, a son, Garrett. He is the nephew of Greg Ding ’80, DDS ’84, Patricia Dig RDM ’83 and Derreck Lim ’90

F. Thomas Eck IV ’86, JD ’89 and Elizabeth Eck, a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth. She joins brother Brian. She is the granddaughter of F. Thomas Eck III JD ’69

Mark Lyman Hotra ’88 and Corrina Hotra, a son, Kenneth Martin. He joins sister Rebecca Joy, 2. He is the grandson of Bruce Hotra ’60 and Joyce (Lyman) Hotra ’61, the nephew of Todd Hotra ’90 and the grandnephew of Walter Hotra ’55

Paul Marks JD ’88 and Kerri (Speck) Marks ’94, a daughter, Margaret Adia

Lori Jo Meloch-Norkus ’88, JD ’91 and Stephen Norkus, a son, Anthony Michael Peter John. He joins brother Nicholas. He is the grandson of Joseph Meloch ’52 and the nephew of Mary Meloch-Shasteen ’82 and Sally Meloch ’84, JD ’87

Alexandra (Stevens) Hillebrecht ’89 and Tom Hillebrecht, a daughter, Sarah Grace. She is the niece of Richard P. Stevens ’93

Scott A. Rusher ’89 and Stacy Rusher, a son, Kalani Elvis Earl. He joins sisters Malia Ann and Keala Veronica. He is the great-grandson of George Rusher ’38, the grandson of Dave Rusher ’67 and the nephew of Elissa Rusher ’76

James S. Bosley Jr. ’90 and Kelly Bosley, a son, Carson Alexander

John Thomas Guerin ’91 and Karen (McClure) Guerin ’92, a son, Thomas

Lisa (Drake) Givers ’92 and Dan Gievers ’92, a son, Steven Joseph

Benjamin Kuo ’94 and Jennifer (Miyasaka) Kuo ’96, a daughter, Maile Kunie Faye. She joins brother Jonathan, 4. She is the granddaughter of Marcia (Akahoshi) Miyasaka ’70 and the niece of Jeffrey Miyasaka ’01

Clarence Harmon III ’96 and Arlitha Williams-Harmon ’97, a boy, Clarence Harmon IV

Timothy Thornell MHA ’97 and Tamara Thornell, a daughter, Jacqueline Amber.


John Harold “Hobbs” Adams ’26, of Laguna Woods, Calif.; Sept. 24, 2002, at the age of 99. He played baseball and football and ran track while at USC. He was captain of the 1925 Rose Bowl team and captain of the baseball team. He was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Skull and Dagger and Sigma Sigma. He served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander with the preflight training program. He coached at Monrovia and San Diego high schools before becoming an assistant football coach at USC. He then became head coach at Kansas State and also coached at the Jacksonville (Fla.) Naval Air Station. Before retiring in 1967, he spent 20 years with the Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. He is a member of the Breitbard Hall of Fame in the San Diego (Calif.) Hall of Champions Sports Museum. His wife of 70 years, Ruth, preceded him in death. He is survived by daughter Carolyn, grandchildren Dave, Garry, Troy, Jim and Kimberly, and nine great-grandchildren.

Paul W. Elmquist ’28, of Newport Beach, Calif.; Feb. 18, 2002, at the age of 97. While at USC, he was Assistant Yell King from 1924 to 1925 and the Trojan Yell King from 1926 to 1927. He started the first moving card stunt at the Coliseum in 1926. He was also a member and president of Sigma Chi Fraternity. As general chairman of the Student Endowment Drive in 1927-28, a precursor to the Endowment Fund Campaign, he raised over $150,000. He later served as general chairman of the campaign. He was a property developer with partner Lewellen Bixby, forming the Bixby Development Co., which developed much of the Long Beach area. He is survived by wife Marjorie, son-in-law John ’75, granddaughter Deborah ’82, MBA ’89 and grandson Mark ’87.

Lionel Hampton ’30, of New York, N.Y.; Aug. 31, 2002, of heart failure, at the age of 94. He was a vibraphone pioneer, big band leader and jazz ambassador. He began touring with various bands as a teenager, arriving in Los Angeles in 1927. During a long residency at Sebastian’s Cotton Club, he met Louis Armstrong, who suggested in a 1930 recording session that Hampton play the vibraphone, or vibes, that were in the studio. His playing of “Memories of You” on that occasion is considered the first important recorded jazz-vibes solo. From 1936 to 1940 he was the featured vibes soloist in Benny Goodman’s small musical groups and as an occasional drummer with the Goodman orchestra. During that period, he also began a series of 23 recording sessions for RCA Victor that included the greatest musicians of the period. The Lionel Hampton Orchestra was a major attraction through the 1940s. He maintained his big band until 1965, when he began to appear with greater frequency in combo settings. In the last three decades of his life, he regularly reassembled a larger ensemble for international tours, while also working with such groups as the Golden Men of Jazz. He was also a major campaigner and fund-raiser for such Republican politicians as Richard M. Nixon and Nelson A. Rockefeller. His wife, Gladys, died of a heart attack in 1971.

Seymour P. Steinberg LLB ’32, of Berkeley, Calif.; May 16, 2002, after a long illness, at the age of 93. He was a former entertainment lawyer who represented some of the most popular figures in Hollywood. As a partner in Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp’s motion picture and television group, he represented All About Eve producer Darryl Zanuck and “Dragnet” actor Jack Webb. Before joining Mitchell Silberberg, he worked as in-house counsel for Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. He was admitted to the state bar in 1932 and worked continuously until his retirement in the mid-1970s. He is survived by wife Edith, son Jim, daughter Turiel and three grandchildren.

Evelyn R. Bromberg MSW ’33, of Glendale, Ariz.; May 29, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 90. While at USC, she was a member of MU sorority. She married Sam Bromberg in 1941. Her career in the insurance industry spanned five decades. She retired in 1993 from Consultants in Internal Medicine after 18 years of service. She is survived by children Stephen and Sharon.

Elizabeth Lee Berger ’35, of Washington, D.C.; June 19, 2002, of emphysema, at the age of 88. After graduating from USC, she worked briefly for the Hollywood Citizen News as a feature writer. She accompanied her first husband, Rear Adm. George Washington Pressey, to Navy posts in China, Japan, Korea and Hawaii. For three years after his death in 1966, she was assistant to the director of the Honolulu Academy of Art. Her second husband, Samual D. Berger, was deputy ambassador during the Vietnam War, and she was active in efforts to resettle Vietnam refugees. In Vietnam, she volunteered in orphanages and worked with curators to protect and document the collections of Saigon’s National Museum of Art. Her second husband died in 1980. In Washington, where she had lived since 1972, she was on the board of the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation, was a guide at Washington National Cathedral and was also a Freer Gallery art donor. She is survived by children Jean, Sheridan and Margaret, and seven grandchildren.

Haskell “Inky” Wotkyns ’36, of Houston, Texas; July 18, 2002, at the age of 88. While at USC, he played varsity football and was All-American for two years. He also participated in varsity track and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He worked for many years in the oilfield supply business, in sales and management. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Helen Beaudine ’37. He is survived by two daughters, 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Carmen (Fraide) Lonergan ’37, MA ’40, of La Habra, Calif.; Sept. 4, 2002, at the age of 85. After graduating from USC, she taught high school and later became a curriculum supervisor in Los Angeles. During World War II, she was an officer in the Women Marines and served as an aide to the Women Marines’ commandant. She married Vincent Lonergan in 1945; the couple moved to California a short time later. She later taught business, typing and shorthand at La Habra High School. She also served as a counselor both there and at Mt. San Antonio Junior College.

Agnes Ann Green MS ’43, of Los Angeles; Sept. 26, 2002, of lung cancer, at the age of 90. She advocated for the advancement of women in chemistry during her career as a science educator at Immaculate Heart College and other area institutions. She taught chemistry at the college from 1942 to 1978 and was a visiting professor for many years at other schools, including Loyola Marymount University, Occidental College, Whittier College and Cal Poly Pomona. In 1972, she became the first female chairman of the Southern California section of the American Chemical Society. She formed a committee of female chemists to examine the status of women in the field and to press for equal employment opportunities. To draw attention to the inequities, she often cited statistics showing that in 1970 women made up only 2 to 3 percent of the chemistry faculties at U.S. universities, but held almost 23 percent of the master’s degrees and 8 percent of the doctorates granted that year. After graduating from Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood and later USC, she earned a doctorate at Stanford University. She was a founding member of the California Assn. of Chemistry Teachers and served as its president. She joined the American Chemical Society in 1942; in 1988, the society honored her with its first Agnes Ann Green Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the field.

Nancy Petruccione MSW ’44, of Canyon, Texas; May 26, 2002. She received a B.S. in education from West Texas State Teacher’s College. She taught grade school in Miami, Texas, and spent several summers as a counselor for Life Camp in Connecticut and New Jersey. She taught for the Amarillo Independent School District for eight years. After earning her degree at USC, she returned to Amarillo, where she was employed as a social worker by the Texas Department of Human Services until her retirement. She was a member and president of the First Presbyterian Church of Canyon and was a member of the Panhandle Pen Woman, a writers’ group. She is survived by husband Pete, daughter Nancy, son Nicholas, sister Dorothy, two grandsons, four nieces and two cousins.

M. Ross Bigelow ’45, JD ’50, of Crestline, Calif.; Sept. 3, 2002, of complications from congestive heart failure, at the age of 77. He was a retired Los Angeles Superior Court judge. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. After returning to active service during the Korean War, he went into private practice in Long Beach, where he was active in the Republican Party. In 1956, he formed Bigelow & Sullivan, a partnership in general civil practice. Appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1969 by Gov. Ronald Reagan, he began his 15-year career as a Superior Court judge in 1973. His most highly publicized case was the trial of SLA members Russell Little and Joseph Remiro on charges of attempted murder of a policeman, assault and possession of explosives stemming from a shootout in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Concord. He also lectured frequently on evidence before the National Trial Judges College and the California Trial Judges College. After retiring from the Superior Court in 1988, he worked as a judge in private mediation. After he and his wife moved to Crestline, he continued to sit as an assigned judge for the San Bernardino Superior Court, in addition to the local appellate court branch. While on the bench, he wrote a number of published opinions on criminal law, including holdings on probable cause, right to speedy trail, and sufficiency and admissibility of evidence. He also wrote a set of books, including Evidence Objections Handbook, Constitutional Rights in Criminal Cases and Felony Trials and Procedures, Orientation Notebook. His first wife, Janet, died in 1965. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mildred; children Becky, Jean, James and Tricia; stepchildren Sharon, Julie and Susan; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Assn., 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.

Herb Edward Morey MEd ’48, of Valley Center, Calif.; Sept. 12, 2002, at the age of 98. He is survived by daughter Mary Ann ’54 and son Michael.

Raul E. Rodriguez ’48, MD ’52, of Newport Beach, Calif.; May 6, 2002, at the age of 73. He did his residency at USC+LAC Hospital. After he finished his degree, he served in the U.S. Air Force for three years. He spent many years as a thoracic surgeon in Orange County.

George A. Schutte ’49, MEd ’53, of San Diego, Calif.; Sept. 14, 2002, at the age of 78. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. While at USC, he played varsity football for four years and was also a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After graduating, he became an assistant football coach at Hoover High School in San Diego. He then spent time working for the FBI, with tours in Washington, D.C., Denver and Detroit, before he returned to San Diego to resume his coaching career. He coached the football team at San Diego City College from 1953 to 1960 and began his teaching career simultaneously. He began officiating in 1953, playing large roles in the San Diego County Football Officials Association and the San Diego Track Starters Association. He is survived by daughters Patty and Debbie, grandson Jack and sister Dorothy. Memorial contributions may be made to the George Schutte Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o the San Diego City College, 1313 12th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101.

Richard L. Schaeffer ’50, of Cupertino, Calif.; July 16, 2002, of pneumonia, at the age of 76. After graduation, he worked for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., a public accounting firm and a predecessor of KPMG International. After becoming a certified public accountant, he worked for several electronics corporations, notably as controller of Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., a pioneer organization in the early development and production of silicon transistors, linear integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices. In 1972 he began employment with the County of Santa Clara, where he remained until he retired in 1990 as assistant treasurer/tax collector. He is survived by wife Sally and daughter Kathy.

Richard J. Schieberl ’52, of Palm Desert, Calif.; Aug. 4, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 79. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force as a B-24 pilot. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Doris; sons Jeffrey ’72 and Stephen; and two granddaughters.

Walter Lyle Pendleton ’52, of Santa Paula, Calif.; Sept. 4, 2002, from complications associated with a head injury. He is survived by wife Mary, sons Roger and John, daughter Mary, sister Mary Belle and many grandchilden, nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth (Marmorston) Horowitz LLB ’54, of Los Angeles; July 21, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 72. She was the founding director of the USC Law School paralegal program and a juvenile court mediator. From 1969 to 1986, she served as a clinical professor of law at USC and, later, as a professor at the UCLA School of Social Welfare. The paralegal program she founded in 1968 was the first in the country to be housed in a major law school. She left USC to join to Los Angeles Juvenile Court in 1986, conducting hearings in abuse and neglect cases. She also devoted her time to social organizations such as Bet Tzedek, the Jewish Federation Council, the Western Center on Law and Poverty, and the Center for Law in the Public Interest. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford and a master’s in social work from UCLA. Her husband Harold preceded her in death. She is survived by son Adam, daughter Lisa, sisters Norma, Lailee and Ellen, and three grandchildren.

Derwin Daniel Terry ’56, MEd ’58, of Tallahassee, Fla.; Oct. 4, 2002, at the age of 81. He was a double Silver Star recipient while a member of the 463rd Bombardment Group of the Air Force during World War II. He was also a veteran of the Korean War. He retired after 35 years as a professor of social and behavioral sciences at St. Petersburg (Fla.) Junior College. He was preceded in death by his twin brother David. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sharon; son David; daughter Jennifer; sisters Trudie and Ellen; and many nieces and nephews. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with honors.

Marshall Clark ’57, MEd ’58, of Los Altos, Calif.; Sept. 30, 2002, of a heart attack, at the age of 69. He lettered for the USC track and field team and was a coach for the 1972 U.S. National Team. A USC runner from 1955 to 1957, he spent the last 10 years of his life coaching at Saratoga (Calif.) High School. He had previously coached at San Jose State before the track and field program disbanded in 1988. From 1978 until 1980, he coached at the University of Montana, and from 1968 to 1978 he coached at Stanford. He was a coach for the 1972 U.S. National Team at the International Indoor Meet in Moscow. After graduating from USC, he ran with the Southern California Striders and was a member of their sprint medley team, which had the third-fastest time in the world in 1960. He served in the Coast Guard before his enrollment at USC. He is survived by wife Carol, son Richard, daughters Stacy and Shannon ’90, stepdaughters Michelle and Jacqueline, and six grandchildren.

Reed McDonald ’59, of Long Beach, Calif.; Oct. 4, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 70. He was president of the architectural firm McDonald, Souter, and Paz, located in Long Beach. Throughout his career he received many awards and citations. He was an active member of the board of directors for AIA Cabrillo chapter, the Salvation Army and the Long Beach Heritage Committee. He is survived by wife Joan, children Teresa ’75, Kirk and Christy, and grandchildren Doven, Kieren Teak, Kiel and Kaylee.

Joseph Y. Acone MS ’63, of Bellevue, Wash.; July 12, 2001. In April 1944, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy, serving until June 1946. He also served in the Korean Conflict. He lived in Newport Beach, Calif., from 1959 until 1999, where he was a member of the Balboa Bay Club. He is survived by sister Toni and brothers Paul and Tony.

Stanley Robert Rader LLB ’63, of Pasadena, Calif.; July 2, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 71. He was general counselor and treasurer for the Worldwide Church of God. During the 1970s, he worked closely with the founder of the church in furthering the church’s mission. He also established a number of church cultural centers and institutions around the world and is credited with initiating a critically acclaimed concert series at the Ambassador College auditorium in Pasadena. Upon graduating first in his class at USC Law School, he declined offers for a Fulbright Scholarship at Yale University and a clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court, instead teaching Contracts and Introduction to Law at USC and developing his law and accounting practices. He stopped practicing law in 1969 to devote himself to the church full-time. He is survived by wife Niki, sister Joan, daughters Janis ’77 and Carol, son Stephen ’81 and five grandchildren.

David R. Harper ’65, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; Dec. 20, 2001, of a heart attack, at the age of 58. While at USC, he was affiliated with Theta XI. He was a real estate developer for many years. He was a member of the Electric Railway Historical Association, the Porsche Club of America and the Mercedes Benz Club of North America. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jo Ann (Zar) ’63; sons David II, Ryan and Tyson; daughter Jonna; daughter-in-law Kristen; and grandson Alexander.

Greg Woods ’65, of Cypress, Calif; Nov. 21, 2002, of pancreatic cancer, at the age of 59. He was a retired chief operating officer of the Education Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid. A Pentagon official, he was a 1974 recipient of the Arthur S. Flemming Award as one of the outstanding young people in government service. He began his government career as a civilian Pentagon employee in 1970. For six years he served as head of the European division on program analysis and evaluation in the office of the secretary of defense. From 1976 to 1985, he worked for JRB Associates, a health care consulting and contracting concern, eventually becoming president of the company. He then spent eight years as chief executive of Science and Engineering Associates, a developer of computer and software products. He returned to government work in 1993 as deputy director for information technology, customer service and regulatory reform with Vice President Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government. Before coming to Washington, he had been a project engineer with AiResearch Manufacturing Co. He joined the Education Department in 1998, serving as chief executive of the student aid office until retiring in September 2002. He was an authority in thermodynamics and held patents for heat exchange systems. His marriage to Linda Woods ended in divorce. He is survived by wife Lee, children Brian, Denise and Kristen, a brother and six grandchildren.

Don H. Brown ’69, of El Centro, Calif.; July 23, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 59. In the 1960s, he worked with his father developing land in Imperial County in California. After graduating from USC, he moved to Salton Sea Beach, Calif., continuing in real estate. He served as a reserve deputy sheriff from 1970 to 1989. Before becoming Imperial County treasurer and retirement administrator in 1983, he also served on the County Planning Commission. He is survived by brother Cal and a half-sister.

Thomas R. Kelly MS ’70, of Fairfax, Va.; Sept. 15, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 73. He was a Marine Corps colonel who retired as inspector at the base at Quantico (Va.). He was an infantry officer for much of his 26-year military career, serving in Korea and Vietnam during the wars. He also served in Japan and Okinawa. He worked in the office of the Secretary of Defense as a military adviser, specializing in the Middle East. He was a consultant after he retired. His honors included the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation and Navy Commendation medals. He was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Fairfax. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbarene; children Karen, Thomas Jr. and Timothy; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Marlene Adler Marks MA ’71, of Malibu, Calif.; Sept. 5, 2002, of lung cancer, at the age of 54. She wrote the column “A Woman’s Voice” for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. She began her career in 1969 when she joined the Los Angeles Daily Journal. She went to the Herald Examiner several years later, and in 1982, she launched her own monthly magazine, Los Angeles Jewish Life. She was named managing editor of the Jewish Journal in 1987 and began writing her column, which would win the Rockower and Smolar awards for commentary in the field of Jewish journalism. In recent years, she also contributed to the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Hadassah Magazine and published several books, including A Woman’s Voice: Reflections on Love, Death, Faith, Food & Family, a 1998 collection of her columns. In recent years, she was host of her own interview series, “Conversations with Marlene Marks,” at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where her guests included political commentators Arianna Huffington and Richard Rodriguez, author Carolyn See and Rabbi Harold Schulweis. She is survived by daughter Samantha, stepchildren Spencer and Peggye, parents Jack and Anne, and brother Alan. Donations in her memory can be made to Temple Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades and to the Malibu Jewish Community Center. Donations can also be made to Dr. Ronald Natale’s Cancer Research Foundation, 446 23rd St., Santa Monica, CA 90402; and Beit T’Shuva, 8831 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034.

Gregg Watson ’75, of Occoquan, Va.; Oct. 11, 2002, at the age of 45. During his summers at USC, he worked with underprivileged children in the National Youth Foundation. In 1995, he joined Costco Wholesale Corporation in Fairfax, Va., and became general manager of his own store in 2000. He is survived by brother John, half-brothers Christopher and Aaron, stepbrother Robert, godchildren Joshua and Shannyn, and grandmothers Myrtle and Lillie Mae. His family has established the Gregory C. Watson Scholarship Endowment for African-American Students pursuing a degree in business through the USC Black Alumni Association. Donations to the fund can be made to the Gregory C. Watson Scholarship Fund in care of the USC Black Alumni Association, 635 Childs Way, MC 0461, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0461.

Victor Eleftherakis ’82, of Palm Springs, Calif.; Oct. 6, 2002, following a long illness, at the age of 42. He returned to college in his 30s and earned an undergraduate nursing degree as well as a master’s in nursing administration at USC. At the time of his death, he was a senior clinical analyst with the City of Hope Medical Center. Earlier, he had been affiliated with USC Medical Center as a resource and discharge coordinator for inpatient and ambulatory patients. In 1996, he was named Nurse of the Year by Los Angeles County and USC. Over his 10-year career in nursing, he received at least five other awards for nursing excellence. He was a talented vocalist and performed with the Knott’s Berry Farm Singers both in the United States and abroad; he also performed as a soloist at churches on the East Coast and as a guest soloist at weddings and other occasions. He leaves his partner, Hans; parents Virginia and Eleftherios; sisters Diane, Susan and Jasmine; and brothers Dimitri, Peter and John.

Steven Levesque MD ’85, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Sept. 11, 2002, in a rock-climbing accident, at the age of 46. He received his bachelor’s from UC Davis before attending the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He completed his residency at Ventura County Medical Center, where he met his wife, Janice. After they married, the couple worked on the Paiute Indian Reservation in Bishop, Calif. Ten years later they moved to South Lake Tahoe, where they joined Tahoe Family Physicians. He was a passionate skier, surfer, mountaineer and rock climber. He is survived by wife Janice, children David and Elise, parents Joseph and Peggy, sisters Denise, Debbie and Karen, brothers Jim and Mike, two nephews and one niece.

Jennifer Fertig ’93, of Irvine, Calif.; Sept. 10, 2002, of Epstein-Barr Virus, at the age of 31. She was the daughter of former USC quarterback, assistant football coach and assistant athletic director Craig Fertig. She was one of 13 members of her family to attend USC. Her godfather was the late John McKay, USC’s legendary football coach. She is survived by parents Craig and Nancy, brother Marc, grandmother Virginia, aunt Trudi and cousins Todd and Traci. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Blind Children’s Center, 4120 Marathon St., Los Angeles, CA 90029.

Donald E. Biederman, of Santa Monica, Calif.; Aug. 7, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 67. He was the former director of the USC Entertainment Law Institute and a veteran entertainment executive. He spent 17 years as executive vice president and general counsel of Warner/Chappel Music Inc., the world’s largest music publishing company. Before that, he was a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp from 1979 to 1983. He served as vice president of legal affairs and administration for ABC Records in Los Angeles from 1977 to 1979. He began his teaching career with UCLA Extension in 1979 and became an adjunct law professor at Southwestern University School of Law in 1983; in 2000, he became director of the National Entertainment and Media Law Institute at Southwestern. In addition to directing the USC Entertainment Law Institute, he taught at USC Law School. He is survived by wife Marna, children Jeff and Melissa Anne, and one grandson.

Robert W. Brooks, of Haifa, Israel; Sept. 5, 2002, of a heart attack, at the age of 49. He was a mathematics professor known for his work in spectral geometry and fractals. He taught at the University of Maryland from 1979 to 1984. Since 1995, he had been on the faculty of Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. He was writing a book on spectral geometry, a field that examines the relationship between the shape of an object and the frequencies at which it vibrates radically. He also studied “circle packings,” searching for the fundamental principles of mathematics expressed in the fitting of circular tiles into prescribed areas. He was a 1974 graduate of Harvard University, where he also received master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics. He was also a Fulbright senior scholar at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He became a professor of mathematics at USC after completing research at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University. He was also a visiting lecturer at a number of universities internationally. His honors included an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, a Guastella fellowship and Technion’s Taub Prize for Excellence in Research. He is survived by wife Sharon, children Simon, Tova, Isaac and Meir, parents David and Harriet, and sisters Betsy and Renana.

Martin D. Kamen, of Los Angeles; Aug. 31, 2002, at the age of 89. He helped revolutionize science through his co-discovery of the radioactive isotope carbon-14. He and fellow UC Berkeley chemist Samuel Ruben gained renown in 1940 for their discovery of carbon-14, best known for its usefulness in dating organic materials. Four years later, he was dismissed from Berkeley after being deemed a security risk for being called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He fought to clear his name, eventually winning settlements from the Chicago Tribune and Washington Times-Herald for publishing libelous articles about him. He recounted his troubles in his 1985 autobiography, Radiant Science, Dark Politics. From Berkeley, he moved to Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and later Brandeis University. He helped found the UC San Diego chemistry department in 1961 and later worked at USC, continuing to teach into his 80s. In 1995, the government gave him the Fermi Award, the nation’s oldest prize for achievements in science and technology. His marriage to his first wife, Esther, ended in divorce in 1943. His second wife, Beka, died in 1963, and a third, Virginia, died in 1987. He is survived by son David and sister Lillian.