IONE RICE MA ’31 taught for 38 years, retired in 1973, and then traveled widely on all the continents, including Antarctica. Since discovering Earth-watch Expeditions in 1982, she has participated in 42 Earthwatch scientific projects throughout the world. Her 1996 project involved working at Central Washington University with five chimpanzees that have learned the American Sign Language. On the project she was accompanied by BETTY (HAEBER) MAYNOR ’43, MA ’44, a former student of Rice’s.

TOM PENDELL PhD was elected president of United Methodist Western Jurisdiction’s Commission on Archives and History for the new quadrennium.

Former Olympic swim champion JON M. HENRICKS of Des Plaines, Ill., has been named to the Board of Governors of the USC General Alumni Association. Henricks, executive vice president of DoALL Company, will serve a one-year term on the board. A native of Australia, he won gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle event and the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956. He is a past president of the USC Midwest Alumni Association.

ALAN D. EWEN MEd ’51 is chairman of the board of Advanced Distillation Technology in Fair Oaks, Calif. His interest in bringing water to the world sparked the formation of ADTech, a defense technology transfer company that has developed a new system to derive fresh water from the sea.

WARREN SIMONDS received The Good Shepherd Emblem in recognition of his many years of participation and leadership in church-sponsored Boy Scout and other civic and community programs. For the past 34 years, he has lived in Baton Rouge, La., where he is past president of the Kiwanis Club and of the Louisiana Hospital Association.

MARGARET LOPEZ MOODY MA ’56 received a PhD in history from UCLA. She presented a paper on the history of health care in 18th-century Turin at a meeting of the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, at San Francisco State University.

EDWIN G. TROUTMAN MD and his wife, MARY FLESHER TROUTMAN MD ’54, continue their practice of internal medicine and allergy in Fort Worth, Texas, and are now joined by their son, David G. Troutman, a graduate of Texas Tech School of Medicine.

J.R. Navarro & Associates, an L.A.-based communications firm headed by MIKE NAVARRO, was presented with the “Telly” Award for 1996 for film documentary. The firm took first place honors in the nationwide competition for its work on the documentary video, “Stadium for the Future,” a historical view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The film, produced for the Coliseum Commission, includes former USC quarterback Pat Haden as the on-camera spokesperson.

ALLI SOLUM is the new president of Town and Gown of USC. She is a past president of the Trojan Guild of Los Angeles, president of the Inter-Fraternity Mothers Council of USC, and a member of the Spirit of Troy. Solum lives in Pacific Palisades with her husband, Conrad. They have four children, all USC graduates.

JACOB A. CHAPMAN retired as president of Home Building Company in Northern California. His wife, GALE S. BERKE ’59, is employed in the field of developmentally disabled adults. The couple’s son, RON CHAPMAN MD ’89, is on the faculty of the University of California, Davis, and their son, KEN CHAPMAN ’88, is professor of marketing at Cal State Chico.

JOHN B. CONNELY PhD ’70 is the author of C Through Objects, a computer science textbook published by Scott/Jones, Inc. He is a full professor of computer science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

DONALD SINGER MS ’61, MA ’66, is retiring after 38 years as an educator in California. He is the only person to become president of both colleges within the San Bernardino Community College District. Singer has been the president of San Bernardino Valley College for the past seven years. He was president of SBBC’s sister campus, Crafton Hills College, from 1982 to 1990.

LAURENCE M. WATSON LLB ’64 has been named county counsel for the County of Orange, California, by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

RICHARD L. BYYNY MD ’64 was appointed vice president for academic affairs and research, and dean of the Graduate School, at the University of Colorado.

DOUGLAS D. TEMPLEMAN has been named senior vice president and regional manager of Parsons Group International Limited, an engineering and construction organization. He will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

JACK (JALAL) ASGAR PhD has been named the chairman of the board of Practical Management, Inc. He previously held the position of president and CEO of the firm since 1981.

The son of NORM GOLDSTEIN PharmD is a student in the USC School of Music, majoring in performance trumpet. Joshua Goldstein was honored by the Young Musicians’ Foundation of Los Angeles and was principal trumpet in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Honor Orchestra.

GENTA HAWKINS HOLMES was appointed Ambassador to Australia by President Clinton. Prior to the appointment she was a Diplomat in Residence at UC Davis.

GERALD LINEHAN is one of four new board members of California Manufacturing Technology Center.

KENNETH LOWENBERG MM was director of the 1996 Montreat Workshop & Music Conference held near Asheville, N.C. The culmination of three years of planning, the conference involved 50 faculty members and 2,400 conferees.

L. BOVARD “BO” MARTIN has been honored as Salesman of the Year for the Nystrom Co. He has been with Nystrom as a salesman and as a manager. Martin lives in Irvine, Calif., with his wife, Florence.

JAMES E. ROBERTS MS was one of four recipients of the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of California, Berkeley. He is chief of Caltrans’ seismic retrofit effort for California’s highway system.

DOROTHY JUE LEE MS was appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson to serve on the Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards. A retired teacher, she recently completed a six-year stint on the state Board of Education. Lee has served as president of the USC School of Education’s Alumni Association and is an active member of the Educare support group.

PETER CHAN PharmD ’74 has been named medical director/commercial liaison for NeXstar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Boulder, Colo.

THOMAS J. MATHIESEN MM, DMA ’71, was named distinguished professor of music at Indiana University. He is the project director of the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, which has just completed the second cycle of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

CRAIG A. PARSONS has been appointed to the American Cancer Society’s Los Angeles Regional Council. He is a principal at Pondel Parsons & Wilkinson, a public relations firm specializing in corporate and investor relations.

HENRY WESSELS MFA was honored with the placement of a plaque on the art department door to “The Henry Wessels Ceramic Studio” given by the art and design faculty of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. The unique award was presented on Wessel’s retirement after 27 years as professor of art at Cal Poly.

LAUREL ANN BOGEN is the author of a collection of poems, The Last Girl In the Land of the Butterflies (Red Wind Books), her ninth book since 1978 and seventh poetry collection. She has also been chosen as literary curator by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

PATRICK R. DIXON has been appointed chair of the Committee of Bar Examiners by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California. Dixon is a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he is assigned to the major crimes division. In 1994, he was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Association of Deputy District Attorneys.

KENNETH WAYNE HARBIN is chair of the Forms Committee for the South Carolina Association of Realtors for 1996-97 and co-chair of the association’s 1997 convention. He also received the Realtors Image Award from the Greater Horry County Association of Realtors for contributions to the local real estate profession and his community.

DENNIS J. MURRAY MPA, PhD ’77, who is president of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was awarded the 1996 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal for his accomplishments as an acknowledged national leader in higher education with a strong commitment to community service. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was a recipient of the medal in 1995.

BEVERLY QUAIL, a partner at the law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll in Denver, Colo., has been selected vice chair of the real property probate and trust law section of the American Bar Association.

PETER STUART GOLDBERGER MA is president of EOF Technologies Inc. and WS Consulting Inc. in New York City.

RICHARD SHINAR PharmD has been promoted to senior vice president of sales for PCS Health Solutions, a division of Eli Lilly and Co. He has relocated to Arizona and is responsible for the sales force for PCS, a pharmacy benefits management company.

JERRY GARICH PharmD has been named manager, therapeutic services, at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

JANA WARING GREER has been promoted to president of SunAmerica Marketing, Inc. She will be responsible for marketing, product development and distribution of the company’s retirement savings products.

EDWARD POLL MBA has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is the author of Attorney & Law Firm Guide to the Business of Law (ABA General Practice Section) and numerous other publications in the areas of solo and small-firm practice and management.

DAN JACKSON, the director of sales at Pulse, was recently promoted to vice president of the company’s European Business Unit. Jackson served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an aviator.

JEAN JARVIS has been appointed one of four staff vice presidents at Times Mirror. Jarvis is a director at the company, responsible for all contact with the investment community.

RONALD KIRIPOLSKY MBA has been named senior vice president for operations of Hughes Avicom International, a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation. Since 1966, HAI has been a leader in the design and manufacture of inflight entertainment systems.

MICHAEL M. NEMECHEK is the newly promoted vice president and general manager of Vista Controls Corporation in Santa Clarita, Calif., where he assumes responsibility for the day to day operation of the company. A Navy ROTC scholarship student, Nemechek was also recently promoted to captain in the Naval Reserve.

EASTER R. THOMPSON MA ’78 joined STG Marketing Communications, Inc. of Fairfax, Va., as vice president, public relations. Her brother, CHARLES F. RUSSELL ’73, MBA ’79, is regional manager of Mutual of Omaha, based in Glendale, Calif.

The National Contract Management Association named CHARLES L. WOODSIDE MS an NCMA Fellow at its national directors’ meeting.

GEORGE EDWIN HOWES MPA is president of his own company, Human Resource Solutions, in Laguna Niguel, Calif. He has just finished a personal management book complete with forms and training information. His web page is located at http://www.labor-solutions.com

DENNIS NEIL JONES MPA ’79, JD ’83, was a featured speaker at West Coast Casualty Company’s construction defect seminar. Jones is a partner in the Manhattan Beach law firm of Andersen, Keleher & Spata, where he practices insurance coverage and construction law.

LEVI MEIER MS, PhD ’81, is the author of Ancient Secrets: Using the Stories of the Bible to Improve Our Everyday Lives (Villard Press). Meier is a licensed clinical psychologist and marriage, family and child counselor, as well as a rabbi and biblical scholar.

GARY MILLIMAN MPA has been named president of California Western Railroad in Fort Bragg, Calif. He will continue to serve as city manager in that community, a position which he has held for 17 years. Milliman was also honored by the International City Management Association for 25 years of service in city management.


EDITH O’DONNELL EdD ’91, who has worked in the field of education since 1959, is currently an educational talk show producer and host, educational research consultant and author. She recently wrote Integrating Computers into the Classroom: The Missing Key (Scarecrow Press), a book covering all levels of education.

JEFFREY L. PLATT MD is J.W. and D.W. Beard Professor of Experimental Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He’s director of a research team that is developing novel strategies to alleviate the shortage of human organs for transplant. Platt is also professor of immunology and pediatrics.

The Pasadena choral ensemble The Cambridge Singers, directed by ALEXANDER RUGGIERI MM ’78, appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in three performances of Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” in October.

FARRELL KUNZ MEd received the Chairman’s Achievement Award from Honeywell Inc. in Plymouth, Minn. He is the corporate director of security for Honeywell, responsible for the protection of all company assets in 95 countries.

JEFF MERKOW MA, managing partner of The Identity Group, has been named chair of the School of Health Advisory Board at Cal State Dominguez Hills. He has served as a faculty member at USC and was the founding director of the USC Public Relations Advisory Board.

DAVID F. MORRISON MBA was named executive vice president and chief financial officer at CF MotorFreight in Menlo Park, Calif.

GRACE SHEEHAN has assumed the duties of commanding officer, personnel support activity, in the U.S. Navy. She is stationed in Great Lakes, Ill.

RICHARD SPIVEY PharmD has been appointed vice president, worldwide regulatory affairs, at Searle, a division of Monsanto.

JOHN TURNACLIFF has taken a position with Merrimak Capital Corp. in San Rafael, Calif. Formerly with CB Commercial Real Estate, he will now be brokering and leasing business computer systems and ATMs.

LISA ANN (SPIRITO) RAPP MBA ’94 was promoted from assistant to director of Public Works for the City of Lakewood, Calif. Her husband, businessman RICHARD I. RAPP, obtained his BS in 1979 and MBA in 1995 from USC.

RICHARD D. SUTTIE recently assumed duties as commanding officer of U.S. Navy Training Squadron 31 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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