Carolyn O. Flinn and CLARENCE E. FOSTER III ’84

BEVERLY FONG ’85 and Bryan Nagao


Elizabeth C. Gretter and NICHOLAS J. SPARE PhD ’85

Lauri L. Hooten and SCOTT R. NELSON ’86

LISA (MARIA) MADDOCKS ’88 and Michael Maddocks

SHERYL D. BAGSBY MSW ’89 and Erskine Frison, Jr.


BRIDGET HOLT ’90 and Cesar Canizales


ELAINE F. LAHEY ’91 and Todd C. Spenla

Melinda Lane and SCOTT TAMKIN ’91


Christine Ann Roberts and ERIC DAVID BERG ’92

MICHELLE BOUSE ’92 and Fernando G. Volonte

Lisa R. Shatzkin and MICHAEL A. FISCHER MPA ’92




Denise Renee Weber and JEFFREY ALAN LEECH ’95




JAMES M. (JIM) HIGSON MBA ’76 and Grace Higson, a boy, David Jonathan. He is the nephew of Suzanne Higson ’87 and Michael White ’75

PHYLLIS DEMBOWSKI CHRISMAN ’78 and James D. Chrisman, a daughter, Claire Elizabeth Chrisman. She is the niece of the late Patricia Dembowski Pilger ’72, John F. Pilger ’71, Nancy Dembowski Drexel ’71 and Scott J. Drexel ’71

SYDNEY KNOTT ’78 and John J. Knott II, a girl, Mary Elizabeth Knott

DONALD VILLAFANA ’78 and Betty Villafana, a son, Mark Donald

MARIO ZANDSTRA ’79 and Lynelle Zandstra, a boy, Daniel Joseph

WILLIAM J. (BILL) GROSS ’80 and Nanci J. (Fredd) Gross, a daughter, Eliana Joy

COLLEEN TOBIN DAVIDSON ’81 and Scott Davidson, a son, Daniel John Charles Davidson

MAYLENE MISSAKIAN GLIDEWELL ’81, MD ’85, and Harold Glidewell, twins, Marissa Lenore and Michael Gregory. They are the grandchildren of Michael Missakian MD ’58 and niece and nephew of Marylisa Missakian Boghosian ’85

BRIAN L. JUNG ’81 and Brenda Akemi Jung, a daughter, Kara Mayumi. She is the granddaughter of Frank L. Jung ’51 and Loretta Jung ’54

AVERY BAYLE BARTH ’82 and Andrew Francis Barth, a daughter, Avery Vivian Barth. She is the sister of Emily Carmen, Catherine Laima and Andrew Francis Barth, Jr., and niece and goddaughter of David Mason Bayle and Kathleen Flynn Bayle ’83

THAYER WEDDLE GARRETT ’82 and Michael Garrett, a daughter, Kelly Ashton. She is the niece of Jeff Weddle ’80

EUGENE GEDNOV ’82 and TANIA (KRYWCUN) GEDNOV ’82, two sons, Alexander Eugene and Nikolai Eugene

KIM S. WHITNEY ’82 and LINDA K. (HORST) WHITNEY ’83, a daughter, Alyssa Marie. She is the niece of Pamela Horst Conner ’78 and Todd C. Whitney ’81

LISA DiLUCCA BUDDECKE ’83 and DAVID BUDDECKE ’84, a second daughter, Sara Prudent

MARK CREAMER MBA ’83 and THERESA (BEILER) CREAMER ’79, a daughter, Christina Lynn

SCOTT A. KAPPES ’83 and Tracy Kappes, a son, Brent Alan. He is the grandson of Richard Kappes ’53 and Judie Neithart Kappes ’56 and the nephew of Kristen Kappes Aiello ’81

DAVID E. LUTFI ’83 and Christine A. Lutfi, a daughter, Amy Michelle

DIANE JARRETT NACZI MBA ’83 and Ed Naczi, twin boys, Griffin Jarrett and Connor Edward

JAY TAPP ’83 and Lori Tapp, a daughter, Ashlyn Danielle

GREGORY M. ANDERSON ’84 and ROBIN J. FIENE ANDERSON ’85, a daughter, Kendall Jean. She is the granddaughter of Gordon M. Anderson ’54 and Elizabeth A. Pugh Anderson ’57, and the grandniece of Edith Anderson Caldwell ’55

CHARLES SMITH ’85, MPL ’90, and SCARLETT (YAMADA) SMITH ’84, a daughter, Alyssa Emiko Smith

MARGARET ARMSTRONG HAMM ’85, MBA ’89, and Roger D. Hamm, a daughter, Sydney Mayhew Hamm

PAMELA SUSAN NORRIS KAY ’85 and Valentine Kay, a son, Dillon Valentine Kay

NICHOLAS J. SPARE PhD ’85 and Elizabeth C. Gretter, a son, Ethan Carrington

DIANE DiMARCO DAVIS ’86 and John Davis, a son, Sean Peter Davis. He is the grandson of Anthony DiMarco ’50 and nephew of Linda DiMarco ’79

MICHAEL J. SIEBER ’86 and TAMARA L. (TOLLNER) SIEBER ’86, a daughter, Kendall Grace. She is the granddaughter of former USC football coach Ted Tollner, the niece of Bruce A. Tollner ’87 and Lisa L. (Gordon) Tollner ’89, and the goddaughter of Lisa A. (Bourgeois) Marquart ’85 and Vincent G. Zaninovich ’84

KAREN-LEIGH (JAMISON) BEATTY ’87 and KYLE JAMES BEATTY ’87, a girl, Kyleigh Anne Beatty

KATHRYN TOTTEN SEVERINO ’87 and MARK SEVERINO, a son, Hunter Thomas Severino. He is the nephew of David Severino ’88

JONATHAN NG PharmD ’88 and BETTY K. NG PharmD ’88, a son, Nathan Wy-Ming Ng. He is the nephew of Anne K. Ng ’87

DONALD RITTER, Jr. ’88 and DENISE RITTER, a son, Donald Gene Ritter

DEBRA ANN SANDSTROM VEGH ’89 and Marcus Stephen Vegh, a daughter, Annelisa Victoria. She is the niece of Susan Sandstrom Mehler ’84 and Thomas Dale Vegh MBA ’90

CHARLES ISGAR PhD ’89 and RACHEL ISGAR MPA ’90, PhD ’93, a girl, Elizabeth Anne Isgar

MICHAEL PETTIT ’90 and Connie Pettit, a daughter, Renee Michelle

KRISTEN (BIRCH) CEDERLIND ’91 and Michael Cederlind, a boy, Ryan Michael. He is the grandson of Larry Birch EdD ’69 and the nephew of Karen (Birch) Goldberg MA ’89

THOMAS W. WULF ’92, MRED ’93, and CHRISTINE M. WULF ’91, a son, Luke William. He is the grandson of Robert E. Wulf ’66 and Kathleen M. Wulf PhD ’71.


ROBERT A. HONNER ’18, of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; July 27, at the age of 99. He was involved with USC for more than 80 years, beginning with his entrance to the university in 1914. In subsequent years, he served as acting comptroller, president of the Half-Century Club and retained membership in many organizations, including various alumni clubs, Sigma Chi and Cardinal and Gold. He was an ardent and loyal supporter of USC, attending home football games well into his 90s.

RUTH NICHOLS VAN METER LLB ’21, of Chino, Calif.; July 20. She was 102. Born in Winfield, Kan., she lived in Southern California most of her life and was a self-employed attorney. She is survived by a daughter and three grandsons.

MARJORIE McCOMBER DeLAND ’24, of Newport Beach, Calif.; July 22. She was born in Los Angeles in 1903. While at USC, she was secretary of the freshman class, vice president of the senior class, president of Delta Gamma fraternity and elected to Mortar Board. Her husband, Albert W. DeLand, predeceased her in 1967. Survivors include her daughter, son, two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

MARY ELLA BURMAN ’27, MA ’32, of Ontario, Calif; Oct. 6, at the age of 90. She was born in Los Angeles and was a school teacher in Corona. Burman was an alumna of Alpha Delta Pi and the USC School of Theatre.

CRAIG PATTERSON SMITH ’28, of San Francisco; Aug. 21, of heart failure. While attending USC, the Duluth, Minn.-native became college representative of the Hollywood Roosevelt and Ambassador Hotels, thus embarking him on a lifetime hotel career. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

MARIEL PACKMAN IRWIN ’30, of Seal Beach, Calif.; Aug. 15, of congestive heart failure. She was born in Springfield, Ill., in 1905, but moved to Long Beach and graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School. At USC, she was a member of Beta Sigma Omicron. Irwin had been a member of Town & Gown and she and her husband, Herbert Irwin ’29, followed Trojan football, baseball and basketball, attending many of the away games. She was preceded in death by her husband, but is survived by two sons, Willard ’57 and Carl ’61, two daughters-in-law, including Carrol McElroy Irwin ’57, a sister, five grandchildren, including Mark Irwin ’84, Cynthia Irwin Manley ’86, and Greg Irwin ’96, and two great grandchildren.

JOSEPH J. PERTUSATI ’30, of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Dec. 5, at the age of 88. The USC campus bookstore, the Pertusati University Bookstore, was named in his honor in 1993. After graduation, he worked with his father, Frederico, to develop the San Fernando Valley. Having baled hay as a teenager on the family ranch in Sherman Oaks and delivered it by horse-drawn cart, Pertusati became one of the chief suppliers of corn for the Farmer’s Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue and began to purchase ranch land throughout the valley. In the 1950s, when the demand for houses and commercial property outweighed the need for farms, he became a successful residential and commercial developer. In his retirement, he donated 23 lots along Ventura Boulevard to the university.

MARGARET RUSSELL BATES HANE ’32, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; Oct. 17, of complications from a stroke. During her life she was a reporter for the Atlanta Journal, a member of Theta Sigma Phi, a Golden Eagle, a teacher and rehabilitation counselor. She became president and chairman of the board of her ownchain of gasoline service stations under the name of Magnum Oil Company from 1952 through 1962, as well as five other companies. She leaves three daughters, including Barbara Hane Desforges ’61, a niece, nine grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

KATHERINE HACKNEY KIRTLAND ’32, of Pasadena, Calif.; Oct. 9. She was a member and advisor for many years of Delta Gamma sorority, president of Delta Phi Delta (professional art students honorary) and a life member of the General Alumni Association. She is survived by two sons, Richard Lee Kirtland III ’56 and Robert Hackney Kirtland ’59, MBA ’63, and grandson Todd Robert Kirtland ’98.

WALTER JAMES MICHEL ’34 of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Sept. 16. He was 84. While at USC, he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduating, he joined the family business of Edgemar Farms. He spent his career involved in the milk industry. In 1966, he became president and general manager of the Santa Monica Dairy Company, which was sold to Foremost Dairy in 1984. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Duguio Michel, six children, including Barbara Michel Fountain ’62, and 11 grandchildren, including Michel Marie Fountain ’88.

GILBERT LESTER LEONG ’36, of Pasadena, Calif.; Aug. 30. He was a pioneering Chinese American architect who designed churches and other public buildings in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.

GEORGE E. BROWN ’37, MD ’41, of North Hollywood, Calif.; Sept. 12. He was born in Sacramento, Calif., in 1914, was raised in Boston, and then moved to Los Angeles. At USC, he played football in 1933 and was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduating from medical school he served the U.S. in World War II as a flight surgeon in the South Pacific. He practiced medicine in Burbank and at St. Joseph’s Medical Center for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife, three sons, a daughter and nine grandchildren.

FRANK KURTZ ’37, of Toluca Lake, Calif.; Oct. 31, from complications after a fall. He was an Olympic medalist diver and the most decorated Army Air Corps pilot in World War II, known for flying the last surviving B-17 Flying Fortress. Kurtz came from Missouri and, at the age of 14, hitchhiked to Los Angeles seeking top diving coaches. He developed as an athlete at Hollywood High School and USC. When Los Angeles hosted the Olympics in 1932, he competed in the high platform diving and won a bronze medal. Anticipating a career in commercial aviation, he joined the Army to train as a pilot. In the Philippines when the Japanese drew the U.S. into the war, Kurtz flew the last of the 35 planes stationed in the Pacific. When the plane was chewed up in combat, Kurtz and his crew dubbed it “part swan and part goose – the Swoose.” It has been called the most famous plane in the Pacific except for the Enola Gay, which carried the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima. He then went to the European theater where he headed “the Swoose Group” and personally flew more than 60 missions over Italy and Germany. When Kurtz’s only child was born in Los Angeles during the war, news media immediately nicknamed her the second Swoose and the name stuck. She grew up to be the actress Swoosie Kurtz ’68. When he retired from the military, he became a top executive at the William May Garland development firm. Survivors include his wife and daughter.

ALICE TURNER ODDONE ’38, of Oceanside, Calif.; Sept. 22. She was a Delta Zeta Alpha Iota.

CARL HENRY HANSON, JR. ’39, MEd ’48, of Alameda, Calif.; March 3, of complications from a stroke. Born in Iowa, he grew up in Los Angeles and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, he embarked on what would be a longtime career as a teacher and administrator in the San Francisco Unified School District. He retired and moved to Antioch in 1974, but soon returned to the field of education, helping build up REACH, a nonprofit drug education program for school children. He is survived by three sons, two daughters, five grandchildren and a brother, John I. Hanson ’54.

WILLIAM J. CROSBY ’41, of Burlingame, Calif.; June 8. He was a native of Omaha, Neb., but for most of his life resided in Burlingame, where he was president of Crosby-N. Gray & Co. Funeral Home for over 50 years and the five-time mayor. He was a member of the USC General Alumni Associa-tion. Survivors include his wife, a son and daughter, four grandchildren, and nieces, nephews and cousins.

MARVIN J. WALLWAY ’42, of Casper, Wyo; July 27, following a short illness. Born in 1914 in Sioux City, Iowa, he received his degree in geology from USC and then worked for the U.S. government as a mining geologist. In 1948, he moved to Wyoming, where he eventually became an independent geologist. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Donations may be made to the USC Football Improvement Fund.

DOROTHY LINN QUIMBY ’44, of Beverly Hills; Nov. 1. She graduated cum laude and was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Subsequently she became a church wedding director. Quimby was a past president of the Ebell Juniors of Los Angeles and a past member of the Bookworms of the Assistance League and the Associates of the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic Committee. At the time of her death she was a member of the Beverly Hills Garden Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by her husband, son and daughter.

GEORGE W. CAMPBELL MS ’47, PhD ’51, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Nov. 4. He was born in Loma Linda, Calif., in 1919. After receiving his B.A. from UCLA, he worked on the Manhattan Project in the early development of the atomic bomb. Following World War II, he earned his master’s and doctorate at USC. He taught chemistry at Pepperdine University and the University of Houston. In 1957, he joined U.S. Borax Research Corpora-tion as a research chemist and remained there until his retirement in 1984. Campbell was a charter member of the Orange County Section of the American Chemical Society. He is survived by his wife, four children, 10 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a sister and a brother.

LEO K. NAJARIAN ’47, of La Crescenta, Calif.; Nov. 9. He was born in Boston, Mass., in 1911 and moved to Fresno, Calif., as a youngster. His family later moved to Los Angeles, where Najarian got his first job in 1926 selling newspapers. After graduating from Manual Arts High School and earning his bachelor’s degree, he continued to work and attend graduate classes in chemistry at USC. At the old Civic Center Campus he also taught hazardous materials courses to students who became leaders in the Fire Service. His working career included eight years with the Department of Water and Power, much of it spent on the Boulder Dam Project. In 1940, he began a career with the Los Angeles Fire Department that lasted until 1978, when he retired as a battalion chief. Learning his trade as a firefighter and learning chemistry brought the two together and Najarian began applying the principles of chemistry to the fire service, an interest he referred to as “hazmatology.” After retiring from the Fire Department, he continued to write and speak on the subject of hazardous materials. He was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, where he helped provide insurance benefits for city firefighters and their families, both active and retired. Najarian was a life member of the USC Alumni Associa-tion. He is survived by a daughter, a granddaughter and a sister.

PAUL M. OLSON ’48, ’MEd ’50, of Hemet, Calif.; Jan. 22, 1996. He was a life member of the USC General Alumni Association. Survivors include his sister, Elaine O. Kelly ’35.

WILLIAM CONRAD WHITE MA ’50, of Los Angeles; Aug. 25, after a long illness. A veteran of the USC theater program for 45 years, his specialty was the 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century acting style known as comedy of manners. He directed dozens of campus productions over the years, many of them by Richard Sheridan, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward and Moliere. Among his many students were actors John Ritter, LeVar Burton, Ally Sheedy, Eric Stoltz, Anthony Edwards, Forrest Whitaker and Swoosie Kurtz. White earned his BA from Westmar College in Iowa in 1942. Drawn by the chance to work with William C. de Mille, founder of the USC theater program, he came to Los Angeles in 1948 as one of the program’s first graduate students. After earning his MA at USC, he was quickly hired as the program’s lighting designer. With John E. Blankenship, now professor of theater emeritus, White co-founded the award-winning Festival Theatre USC-USA company in 1966. White and Blankenship took the troupe of drama students overseas every other year to perform plays and musicals, always culminating with a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. In another international effort, he served as coordinator of an internship program that placed USC students in theater companies around the country. He was appointed associate chair of the then-drama department in 1986, and associate dean of academic services of the new School of Theatre in 1990. He served as interim theater department chairman, and was lighting designer for all theater productions during the ’50s and ’60s, including the West Coast premieres of many operas. White was also resident stage manager of USC’s Bovard Auditorium, helping create the early choir, drama, dance and opera performances for USC Performing Arts productions. Donations may be made to the William C. White Memorial Fund, c/o the School of Theatre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0791.

IRVING FATT MA ’55, of Berkeley, Calif.; Oct. 5, of cancer. He was a faculty member of the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Optometry. His basic science research on the physiology of the cornea provided the basis for many critical advances in the contact lens field. Earlier in his career he made seminal contributions in the flow of fluids in porous media. At UC Berkeley, he served as acting dean of the School of Optometry for one year after four years as associate dean, and a five-year term as assistant dean of the College of Engineering. Fatt also served the Chancellor’s office.

RONALD SUTHERLAND ‘57, of Palm Springs, Calif.; Oct. 12. Born in Santa Monica in 1931, he was a financial consultant and certified financial planner for 28 years in the Coachella Valley, most recently as senior vice president/certified financial planner for Everen Securities in Palm Desert. While a student at USC, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. As an alumnus, he was a member of the Cardinal and Gold Club and co-founder and treasurer of the Trojan Club of the Desert. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Anne Knight Sutherland MS ’55, three daughters and sons-in-law and seven grandchildren.

DAVID V. SNYDER ’79, of Los Angeles, Feb. 5, 1996. He was a landscape contractor and a horticulturist. At USC, he was an athlete, the founding editor of The Row Street Journal, president of Tau Kappa Epsilon, and the recipient of many honors, including Outstanding Senior. He also spent a year at Cambridge University in England earning certification in British Planned Communities. In 1992, he joined Forest Lawn Memorial Parks, where he was staff horticulturist at all five parks. He had numerous interests, including music, drama, dancing and swimming. He was a life member of the USC General Alumni Association. Survivors include his mother, Virginia Porter Snyder.

TONI ACEVEDO ’90, of Santa Maria, Calif.; Oct. 19, after being shot while riding a bus on a religious mission in Mexico. She was a Truman Scholar and PhD student in the USC School of Education. She earned her undergraduate degree in public administration and had been in the Thematic Option program at USC. Acevedo was involved in many extracurricular activities in addition to being a resident advisor.

SEAN MARC GERBER ’90, of Anaheim, Calif.; Sept. 6, after a brief illness. He was 28. At USC, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, serving as president in his senior year. He was an assistant planner for the City of Anaheim, involved in a number of complex, high-profile projects such as the Disneyland Resort Specific Plan, Anaheim Resort Specific Plan, Anaheim Resort Sign Program and Sportstown Anaheim. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, a brother-in-law, nephew, grandmother, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

RONALD E. CUSTER MFA ’95, of Los Angeles. A graduate of the USC film school, he disappeared on Oct. 30 when he went out for a jog. His body was discovered on Nov. 18 in a wooded area near his Brentwood apartment. Survivors include his mother and a brother.
DARRIN DUNIGAN ’95, of Los Angeles; Nov. 18, in a fire at a rooming house. The Chicago native was assistant facilities manager at the USC School of Business Administration. He was a member of Trojan Knights.

JAMES PAGET HENRY, of Los Angeles; Nov. 20, of cancer. He was a professor of physiology in the USC School of Medicine whose research contributed to early U.S. space missions. He also held the patent on the first partial pressure suit used by Air Force and Navy pilots. A native of Leipzig, Germany, Henry studied at Cambridge University in England and McGill University in Canada. He was a naturalized U.S. citizen who began teaching aviation medicine at USC in 1943, soon designing the flight suit to offer altitude protection for pilots. He left the university for 15 years to work for the Air Force as an environmental physiologist researching cardiovascular problems caused by altitude and acceleration. From 1947 to 1956, Henry directed the Physiology of Rocket Flight research project, which led to the first successful animal rocket flights and provided the basis for the Space Biology Laboratory in Alamogordo, N.M.

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