WILLIAM A. BERRY, Curators’ Professor of Art and chairman of the Department of Art at the University of Missouri, Columbia, recently had artwork accepted in four national juried exhibitions.

JACOB DEKEMA has been named an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers for “excellence as a highway engineer in creating one of the world’s finest urban freeway systems while pioneering aesthetics and environmental sensitivity.” He is district engineer for the California Division of Highways and lives in La Jolla.

F. WILLARD “ROBBIE” ROBINSON is the author of Beverly Hills Principal, a nonfiction account of educational leadership in the midst of protests and demonstrations of the 1960s, published by Writers Press. Robinson and his wife reside in Boise, Idaho.

RENE CAILLIET MD is professor emeritus of medicine at USC and active as clinical professor at UCLA teaching resident physicians at Wadsworth Sawtelle Medical Center. He has authored more than nine medical books in the Cailliet Pain Series, which have sold 1,181,000 copies and been translated into seven foreign languages. They are read by physicians, students, nurses, physical therapists and chiropractors.

LEO PEARLSTEIN was featured in the Life/Food section of nationally syndicated Copley newspapers, highlighting his 50 years in the food promotion business. The article referred to Pearlstein as “the country’s king of culinary public relations, a niche he pioneered and of which he is still on the cutting edge.” One of his milestones is that he produced the country’s first frozen food commercial for television.

CHARLES H. SWIFT was a recipient of the 1998 Citizen of Achievement Award presented by the League of Women Voters of San Bernardino “in recognition of your contributions which improve the quality of life of our community.” He is a retired Navy chaplain and minister.

KENNETH R. DAWSON and his wife, the former Jeanne L. Kimmel, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Alaska on the Holland America Line cruise ship the M.S. Statendam. They were treated to the cruise by their two sons, daughter and son-in-law.

CLARICE THOMPSON CAMPBELL received the 1998 Mississippi Authors Award for nonfiction from the Mississippi Library Association for her book, Civil Rights Chronicle: Letters from the South, published by University Press of Mississippi. A resident of Mississippi since 1960, Campbell taught at Rust and Tougaloo colleges. At the age of 91, she recently moved to Southern California to live near her three children and other family.


BILL OWEN and his co-author, Frank Buxton, have had their classic encyclopedia of old-time radio programs, The Big Broad-cast 1920-1950, published in a second edition by Scarecrow Press. The first edition was published by Viking (and Avon paperbacks) in 1972 and became a collector’s item. Since leaving the announcing staff at ABC after a 30-year career, Owen has been a New York-area disc jockey taking over Martin Block’s Original Make-Believe Ballroom and hosting many big band dances featuring the “ghost” bands of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and others.

World-renowned architect FRANK GEHRY has been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ highest honor, the 1999 Gold Medal. It’s the latest in a string of awards for Gehry since the 1997 opening of his Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, a building that has been hailed as one of the great architectural works of the century. Last November, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based Gehry was presented the National Medal for the Arts at a White House ceremony, and in June he received the Friedrich Kiesler Prize in Vienna.

JACK MORROW MS founded Media Golden West, Inc., a publishing/printing corporation, and was its chairman and chief executive until his retirement in 1990. He is now interested in environmental concerns and is an officer in the Sierra Club. Morrow has recently completed a novel, The Consortium, with an environmental theme.

DONALD F. ADAMS DDS was named a fellow of the American Academy of Periodontology for his years of exceptional service to the academy. A professor emeritus at Oregon Health Sciences University, Adams was chair of periodontology and director of graduate periodontology and served as consultant to the VA Medical Center in Portland for nearly 20 years.

JOHN A. McINTIRE MBA ’65 has joined the Santa Monica office of Encino State Bank as senior vice president/corporate banking. He is active in community affairs and is a member of the L.A. West Trojan Club.

KURT INSCOE HAHN retired as finance/economic services director for the city of Healdsburg, Calif., after devoting 21 years of service to the city and 40 years to public service. A resolution was passed in the California Assembly commending Hahn for his “admirable display of responsible citizenship.”

LOUIS WENZLAFF DDS ’65, a practicing dentist for 30 years, has developed a variety of techniques to ease patients’ pain, including tuning out the sounds of dental work with music. He offers headphones and a wide selection of musical CD options (classical or baroque is the type of music most requested to be drilled by) for patients to listen to during dental reconstruction.

JIM UPTON, a writer and photographer for aviation publications for more than 19 years, has written AirlinerTech Boeing 777, a book describing in detail the largest twin-engine aircraft in history. The book is distributed by Specialty Press. Upton recently retired from Lockheed after 35 years as flight test engineer and test director. He lives in Canyon Country, Calif., with his wife, Carol.

PAULA ASELIN SPELLMAN announced the release of her book, Code to Victory: Coming of Age in World War II, published by Sunflower University Press. Not the typical war memoir, Code to Victory is an introspective study of a young soldier, Arnold Franco, facing his Jewish heritage and the realities of life as a code-breaker during World War II.

ALTHEA J. HORNER PhD has written a new book, Working With the Core Relationship Problem in Psychotherapy: A Handbook for Clinicians (Jossey-Bass Inc.), which discusses how a patient benefits most when the therapist correctly identifies the core relationship problem, regardless of the presenting problem. Horner has retired from clinical practice but still writes and teaches in Pasadena, Calif.

MICHAEL L. WALLING has joined Encino State Bank as vice president/corporate banking. As part of his active community life, he founded the Walling Group last year to facilitate networking among local charitable, civic and business organizations. He resides in Marina del Rey, Calif., with his wife, Elva.

EUGENE SEKIGUCHI MS, DDS ’74, was installed as a trustee of the more than 140,000-member American Dental Associa-tion. He practices dentistry in Monterey Park, Calif., and has taught and lectured at USC in both the School of Dentistry and the School of Engineering.

RODRIGO C. MELENDEZ DDS became one of two admirals in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps with his promotion to rear admiral. He left his position as commanding officer of the Naval Dental Center in San Diego last summer to pursue his new assignment as assistant chief for education, training and personnel at the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C.

JULIE (PASCAL) MILLER MS ’72 completed her first book, Business Writing That Counts! How to Write Quickly and Clearly in Three Easy Steps, published by Fitz Press. She presents training seminars and workshops nationally as well as coaching individual clients. She resides with her husband in Woodenville, Wash., and can be contacted at Julie@DrJulieMiller.com.

LEE KANON ALPERT, a founding principal of the Encino, Calif., law firm of Alpert, Barr & Gross, was honored by the Jewish National Fund with its “Tree of Life” award for outstanding community involvement. Alpert was also recently reappointed by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to the post of vice president of the City of Los Angeles’ Building and Safety Commissioners.

DON BAILEY MS, president and CEO of Comarco, Inc., has additionally been appointed the company’s chairman of the board. Comarco is based in Yorba Linda, Calif., and provides wireless communications products and services to the public and private sectors.

HERBERT T. KRIMMEL JD ’74, MA ’75, was named the 1998-99 Irvin R. Buchalter Professor of Law at Southwestern Univer-sity School of Law in Los Angeles. He joined Southwestern’s faculty in 1977. A resident of San Marino, Krimmel lives with his wife, Judy, and three children.

BRIAN NARELLE, well known in the educational film world as Sooper Puppy and the Wizard of No, is co-starring as a rabbit and a wolf as well as writing for Bingo and Molly, a children’s puppet series on The Learning Channel’s Ready, Set, Learn!

LISA J. KLOETZLI has been appointed Speakers’ Bureau director for the Office of Community and Educational Affairs of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, headquartered in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

JEFFREY P. HIGH MS completed a two-year detail teaching at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, part of the National Defense University. He was also recently promoted into the federal Senior Exec-utive Service and became the director of waterways management for the U.S. Coast Guard.

MARY M. McABOY MS ’80 has assumed the newly created position of vice president, investor relations, at Los Angeles-based Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation.

MICHAEL T. MONTEFUSCO, JR. MS ’77 is the president of ECD: Executive Career Dynamics, a Rock Hill, S.C., firm which recently developed a program called “NextStep: A Strategy for Taking Control of Your Future.” Information about the program can be found on the Web at www.jobstrategy.com.

BRADFORD H. TAFT MBA ’76 has been named senior vice president of Right Management Consultants, Inc., an international human resources consulting firm. He is responsible for marketing and account management in the firm’s Southern California region. Taft is past president and is on the board of directors of USC’s Marshall School of Business Alumni Association.

JOHN M. OLSSON accepted a position as associate clinical professor at the East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greenville, N.C. He has spent the last 11 years as a physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., in the pediatrics residency program. For the past five years he has been the program’s director. Olsson recently received the Lee Parker Davis Humanitarian Award for his work in the community.

MARIO J. PELUSI MM ’77 joined the faculty of Illinois Wesleyan University in a tenure-track position. He is associate professor of music and director of the IWU School of Music.

ROBERT L. ROHRER has been appointed to the newly created position of national sales manager-common carriers of Eaton Cor-poration in Clemmons, N.C. Eaton is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products for a variety of markets.

LOUIS F. MORET MPA received his doctorate in public administration from the Univer-sity of La Verne. He is the chief operating officer of the Southern California Assoc-iation of Governments and also serves as a commissioner of the Los Angeles Fire and Police pension system.

BRADLEY D. RICHARDSON has been named as a senior consultant for the Oracle Corporation. He also just became the Business Network chair for the USC Columbia River Alumni Club.

BOB SCHNEIDER DDS was the recipient of the 1998 Excellence in Education Award from the National Association of Dental Laboratories. He is the clinical director of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

JOEL L. STROM was appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson to the California Student Aid Commission, the state agency that administers state-authorized college student aid. Strom is also completing his second term on the Califor-nia Board of Dental Examiners, serving as its president in 1996.

MARK BURSON has been appointed to the board of directors of the California Gold Discovery to Statehood Sesquicentennial Foundation, which is planning the state’s 150th birthday while building awareness of the year-and-a-half period which led up to California’s admission to the Union. Burson is the executive director of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

ALBERT G. HANDLEMAN JD was appointed to the executive committee of the California State Bar’s estate planning, trust and probate law section. Handelman practices in Santa Rosa and lives with his wife and children in Windsor.

LESLIE A. KARR MS ’81 was named Facilities Engineering Command Engineer of the Year for 1997 by the U.S. Navy. She is employed at the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center in Port Hueneme, Calif.

Adventurer and motivational speaker JAMES McCORMICK was among 246 elite skydivers who established a new skydiving world record by creating a single formation and holding it for 7.3 seconds. His skydiving experiences serve as a backdrop for “Exceed Terminal Velocity!”™, the key-note presentation on risk and fear he gives to corporations and associations.

ALISON B. ARTER MA was promoted to senior vice president, commercial development, at Bayer Corporation in West Haven, Conn. She is responsible for worldwide commercial development for the Biologicals Product Business.

BRUCE FURNISS, a veteran investment broker, joined the Anaheim, Calif., office of Grubb & Ellis Company as a senior vice president.

ETTIE ROSENBERG KAUFMAN was named 1998-99 lead articles editor of Southwestern Journal of Law & Trade in the Americas for Southwestern University School of Law, where she is a student.

GARY L. KREPS PhD, who is founding dean and professor of the School of Com-munication at Hofstra University, received the Gerald M. Phillips Award for Distin-guished Applied Communication Scholar-ship from the National Communication Association at its annual conference in New York City last November. Kreps has written numerous books and scholarly articles about the important role of human and mediated communication in health care, health promotion and modern organizational life.

DANIEL MILLER, a licensed stockbroker and investment advisor, joined American Express Financial Advisors in Sonora, Calif., as a personal financial advisor and registered representative. He is a member of the board of directors of United Way of Tuolumne and Calaveras counties of California.

JANET COBLE VINZANT MPA, DPA ’91, and Austin Lane Crothers have co-authored Street-Level Leadership (Georgetown University Press), a book that provides a new framework for understanding the roles and responsibilities of front-line public servants and assessing the appropriateness of their actions. Vinzant is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University.

JERRY GIAQUINTA PhD has been named senior vice president, corporate communications, for Sony Pictures Entertainment based in Culver City, Calif.

STEVEN M. McELHINEY MBA ’85 was promoted to vice president, director reinsurance services, at TIG Insurance, a property/casualty insurance company in Irving, Texas.

ALBERT E. PEACOCK III JD ’83 returned to Southern California after spending four years in Anchorage, Ala., as the managing shareholder of the law firm Keesal, Young & Logan. He is now practicing in the firm’s Long Beach office.

WILLIAM J. BARNEY has been named vice president-branch manager of Salomon Smith Barney’s Pasadena, Calif., office. He recently celebrated 11 years with the financial consulting firm and has 18 years experience in the field.

STAYCE D. HARRIS has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, serving on the Secretary of the Air Force’s staff at the Pentagon. She is also a 747-400 pilot with United Airlines based in Los Angeles.

MICHAEL I. MOTT MS joined Boeing Space Transportation as its vice president of business development. He has more than 27 years experience in the aerospace industry and government.

SPIRO ANTHONY PSALTIS JD, a member of USC’s 1978 national championship baseball team coached by Rod Dedeaux, is a job coordinator/purchasing agent with Stumbaugh and Associates. Until 1996, he was also head baseball coach at Glendale (Calif.) High School.


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