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