TALMAGE V. BURKE JD’43, LLM ’45, was inaugurated for his 14th one-year term as mayor of the City of Alhambra, Calif. With his present 47 years of service, he is the ranking Alhambra city councilman from point of service in California.

MAX OPPENHEIMER JR. PhD has written An Innocent Yank at Home Abroad: Footnotes to History, 1922-1945 (Sunflower University Press), a candid and humorous autobiography of the author’s youth abroad and his U.S. Army service during World War II. Oppenheimer is professor emeritus of foreign languages at the State University of New York, Fredonia.

TED ROBINSON SR. and his son, TED ROBINSON JR. ’75, co-own Robinson Design Inc., a golf course design company. Ted Jr. heads the business side of the company while his father, who has created 140 courses in his career, handles much of the designing. Their latest effort is Robinson Ranch, a 400-acre, 36-hole public facility near the Angeles National Forest, 25 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The family’s Trojan heritage includes four generations schooled at USC.

JOHN STALLINGS EdD ’58 was awarded the Ferd Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association of California School Administrators. Stallings’ 53-year career in education includes service as principal and superintendent of various school districts in Southern Cali-fornia, department chair in USC’s Rossier School of Education from 1972 to 1994, and dean of the school in 1975. He is retired and lives in Corona, Calif.

MARTIN LITVIN donated his collection of research material – gathered for his recent biography, Audacious Pilgrim (Zephyr), of Chicago novelist Meyer Levin – to the University of Illinois Rare Book Room.

YOSHIO C. NAKAMURA MFA ’53, with his son and fellow artist Joel, exhibited his paintings and prints in “Acts of Nature,” a show at Rio Hondo College Art Gallery.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT GARDNER II released his latest book, Wit’s End (Allen A. Knoll), a collection of columns in which the author “takes on everything from cloning to pregnant cheerleaders, the royal family, his not-so-royal family, and politically correct greeting cards.” Gardner is the author of several novels, a children’s book, and Off the Wall, a collection of humorous essays.

USC School of Pharmacy administrators MELVIN F. BARON PharmD, MPA ’73, assistant dean for programmatic advancement, and MICHAEL J. RUDOLPH PharmD ’76, executive director of outpatient services, were selected to attend the 13th SmithKline Beecham Executive Management Program for Pharmacy Leaders, held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

CARL TERZIAN received the first-ever Carl R. Terzian Spirit of Giving Award, presented by Los Angeles Business Journal publisher Matthew A. Toledo and leaders of the Southern California business and professional community. Founder and president of the public relations firm Carl Terzian Assoc., Terzian was honored for more than 30 years of devotion to civic, charitable and community organizations.

ALLAN (MORT) SCHOENHERR MS ’61, PhD ’73, celebrated the recent publication of Natural History of the Islands of California, his second book with the University of California Press. His first, A Natural History of California, is a best-selling title with UC Press. Schoenherr is in his 39th year as an ecology professor at Fullerton (Calif.) College.

WALTER KARABIAN LLB ’63, MS ’65, has been elected to the board of directors of QueensCare, a non-profit healthcare organization providing patient care services and covering hospital expenses for uninsured people in Hollywood, Calif. A partner in the Los Angeles law firm Karns & Karabian, he is a former California state assemblyman and majority leader.

ROLAND C. BAKER MBA, president of First Penn-Pacific Life Insurance Co. in Or-lando, Fla., was one of eight executives elected to the board of directors of LIMBA International, a Windsor, Conn.-based marketing research organization in the financial services industry.

J.B. ASKEW JR., a practicing pathologist in Houston, Texas, has created a Web site (www.breastpath.com) for women diagnosed with breast cancer. The service converts technical breast biopsy reports into plain English, provides illustrations of patient specimens and familiarizes clients with pathology terms.

BATTISTA GALASSI ’64, PhD ’67, has been named emeritus professor of Spanish upon his retirement from Northeastern Illinois University, after 31 years on the faculty. He was chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for 27 years and acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for two years.

YALE GIESZL, who is vice chairman of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc., received the Automotive Hall of Fame's 2000 Dis-tinguished Service Citation for leading Lexus dealers and the international auto industry in their effort to defuse the issue of 100 percent surcharge on Lexus vehicles in the United States.

Lieutenant General STEWART E. CRANSTON retired from the U.S. Air Force in February after 33 years of service. He is the most senior military member to have graduated from USC’s ROTC program. Cranston is a Vietnam War veteran, combat pilot and was vice commander of the Air Force’s largest command for the past three years. He retires with numerous educational achievements, including a master’s degree from Auburn University, and military decorations, such as the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross.

JOHN L. GRAHAM MS has been named special advisor for aviation technology with Los Angeles World Airports. He has been with LAWA for more than 30 years, previously serving as chief of airport planning for LAWA’s four airports – Los Angeles International, Ontario, Van Nuys and Palmdale.

WILLIAM R. “BILL” HAAS retired as executive vice president/ CEO of the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County in Oregon after more than 20 years of service. He and his wife, Cheryl, plan to travel the United States in their RV and promote their new business, Project Management Services. The company com-bines helping chambers and businesses with special projects and events, along with involvement in RV products and services.

ROBERT HUBBERT DDS was honored with the Virgil Brown Memorial “Dentist of the Year Award” by the Southern California Academy of General Dentistry. Hubbert, who practices in Tustin, received the award for his significant contributions to the profession in the region and for his willingness to share knowledge and expertise with colleagues through support of continuing education.

WILLIAM A. ALDACUSHION MBA ’69 recently completed 30 years with IBM and is currently the solutions manager for tax compliance and customer service within the company’s Global Government Finance practice. His wife, MARY (NASON) ALDACUSHION ’68, MBA ’78, is founder and CEO of CountryMusicTravel.com, a travel agency serving country music fans worldwide. They live in Great Falls, Va.

RONALD BLACK has been promoted to principal inspector for the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Building and Safety. He most recently served the city as senior staff advisor to the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners, playing a vital role in the response efforts following the Whittier, Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes. He lives with his wife and two children in Glendale.

PAMELA MEICHTRY HORTON MS ’68 was among the top 3 percent of all sales associates with Prudential Real Estate Network and has attained the international Chairman’s Circle-Gold Award for 1999. A licensed broker, she has been a consistent top producer in the South Orange (Calif.) County coastal residential real estate market for the last 10 years. Horton achieved in January Prudential’s distinguished e-certification status, recognizing agents who possess the necessary technology and business skills to service the emerging market needs of the online consumer. She can be reached at her personal Web site (www.pamelahorton.com.).

ALAN J. LEVINE JD ’71, former president and COO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has become counsel to the entertainment
law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer LLP. Since leaving Sony in 1996, Levine has worked as a consultant in the entertainment and media industries. He is a member of the USC Associates board of directors and the USC School of Cinema-Television’s board of councilors.

CRAIG STERN PharmD ’76, MBA ’94, wrote “Defining and Adding Value to Healthcare Alliances,” in the October 1998 issue of Federal Practitioner Supplement.

OBERT J. McMAHON MA’72, PhD ’74, has joined Generations Trust Bank NA. The Long Beach, Calif-headquartered bank was recently organized exclusively to provide fiduciary trust services. McMahon has been named executive director of the bank’s Eastern office, located in Dover, Del.

LEE KANON ALPERT, founding principal of the Encino, Calif.-based law firm of Alpert & Barr, has received the 41st annual Fernando Award for a record of lifetime volunteerism and achievements that have improved the quality of life in the San Fernando Valley.

DAVID BRESLOW PharmD is executive director of United Pharmacists Network Inc. He was quoted in the article, “Pharmacies Send Mixed Y2K Signals,” which appeared in the Aug. 23, 1999, issue of Los Angeles Business Journal.

WILLIAM H. SCHUMANN III MS has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of FMC Corp., a Chicago, Ill.-based producer of chemicals and machinery for industry and agriculture. He retains his current business-development, treasury and investor relations responsibilities and assumes new responsibilities for tax and controllers.

WILLIAM GONG PharmD was named a Practitioner Fellow by the California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists in recognition of his contributions to the society and the pharmacy profession. He is an associate professor of clinical pharmacy in the USC School of Pharmacy.

NORIKO SAITO MS ’79, PhD ’82, a professor of education and coordinator for an early childhood education program at Cal State Los Angeles, received two educator awards from Early Childhood Education International and the Jean Piaget Society in Japan.

ROBERT THERRIEN MFA was featured in a solo exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The sculptor transforms everyday objects – a bed, a stack of plates, a snowman – “into enduring timepieces … that offer a layered look at American culture and everyday life,” noted the Los Angeles Times.

JAMES R. HAWLEY MM was named a shareholder in Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel Inc., a San Jose, Calif.-based law firm specializing in litigation and corporate law. He is a shareholder in the firm’s education, environmental and public entity practices.

MICHAEL J. CAPPELLI recently addressed the San Gabriel (Calif.) Valley Purchasing Association on the topic of private and public contract negotiations. He practices law in Laguna Niguel, specializing in commercial litigation, real estate and appellate law. Cappelli also writes monthly articles for the Riverside County Lawyer Magazine and other publications.

MICHAEL JOHN has joined Wisconsin Energy Corp. as manager of media relations and speechwriter for the chairman of the board. A former captain in the U.S. Navy, John retired in December 1997 after 21 years of service.

Composer DANIEL ROBBINS MM gave a series of lectures and piano concerts in Perry, N.Y., in conjunction with New York State Humanities Month for October 1999. Robbins’ presentations focused on the cine-musical achievements of his one-time mentor, legendary film composer Miklos Rozsa, who taught at USC from 1945 to 1965. Robbins orchestrated recent recordings by Intrada CDs of Rozsa’s complete scores in the MGM movies Ivanhoe (1952) and Julius Caesar (1953). He has also recorded two Intrada solo piano CDs devoted exclusively to the film music of Rozsa.

EDWARD J. (JIM) RITCHIE MS was appointed deputy executive director of strategic planning and development by Los Angeles World Airports. He and his family reside in Mission Viejo, Calif.

FRED AMINZADEH MS, PhD ’79, was named president and CEO of dGB USA, an oil industry software and service company. He is also president of FACT Corp., a high-tech energy consultancy, R&D and training firm. Previously, Aminzadeh held various technical and management positions at Unocal Corp. His e-mail address is <faz@factcorp.com.>

JIM EDWARDS MEd ’82 recently received an education specialist degree in school administration from Southeast Missouri State University. He is currently principal of Warren E. Hearnes Elementary School in Charles-ton, Mo. Edwards also presented a seminar on escalating the effectiveness of schoolwide Title 1 programs as part of the U.S. Department of Education, Region VII Comprehensive Assistance Center’s Schoolwide Institute in August 1999. He may be reached by e-mail at <gui01@mail.connect.more.net.>

MARIO JIMENEZ PharmD is the owner of Knolls Pharmacy in Baldwin Park, Calif. He was quoted in the article, “Prescription Mis-takes New Y2K Worry,” published in the Sept. 13, 1999, San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

BRIAN KAWAHARA PharmD ’82 has joined Walgreens Health Initiatives, the pharmacy benefits management division of Walgreens, as a retrospective drug utilization review manager. He is responsible for reviewing patient profiles to minimize potential therapy problems. His letter, under the heading “Pharmacists Offer Prescription Tips,” was published in the Letters to the Editor section of the July 5, 1999, Chicago Sun-Times. In September 1999, Kawahara received for the second time the Illinois Council of Health-system Pharmacist President’s Award for outstanding dedication and contributions to the council. He was first selected as the recipient in 1997.

GEORGE YASUTAKE PharmD joined Bristol-Myers Squibb as a medical science manager. His area of responsibility is in cardiovascular and metabolic products. Yasutake was previously employed by Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., for 21 years in drug information/drug usage evaluation.

BILL ALLEN stepped down as president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley in order to head a new Internet venture in partnership with the Silicon Valley-based eMarketplace. He is president and CEO of the new venture, which will compete in the entertainment market space of the e-commerce arena. Allen, a USC trustee, served as president of the USC Alumni Association in 1998-99. He and his wife, Marie, a 1978 graduate of the Marshall School of Business, live in Encino with their three children.

JIM LANDEFELD rejoined HITT Contracting in Fairfax, Va (after several years with Bovis Construction in Washington, D.C.) to head up the company’s healthcare division. He recently completed the oversight of a major expansion to the National Institutes of Health NMR Center (experimental MRI) in Bethesda, Md., and the construction of the new Loudoun Hospital and Loudoun Professional Office Develop-ment located in Leesburg, Va. Landefeld lives in Vienna, Va., with his wife, Kim, and their two children.

U.S. Navy Commander RICHARD SUTTIE will attend Harvard University’s JFK School of Government next year on a Federal Executive Fellowship. He is currently finishing a three-year assignment to the U.S. Embassy in London as the senior Navy programs manager, Office of Defense Cooperation.

DAVID J. BORGES JD, an attorney whose primary office is located in Visalia, Calif., has been named president elect of the Association of Certified Law Specialists and will serve as acting president in the year 2001. He has also been appointed vice-chairperson for the Family Law Advisory Commission of the Board of Legal Specialization and will serve as chairperson in 2001. Borges is recognized as a certified family law specialist by both the State Bar of California of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

MATTHEW HANSON MS ’82, PhD ’98, was one of two 2nd-place finalists in the Merrill Lynch Innovation Grants Competition, an international competition designed to help recent Ph.D. graduates realize the market potential of their ideas. Hanson’s proposal was “Breaking the Sound Barrier to Break Silicon’s Heat Barrier”: it resulted in the creation of faster chips. The USC School of Engineering alumnus is vice president of business development for Integrated Medical Systems Inc., a new business spun-out from the Northrop Grumman Corp.

DAVID ALAN KOSSAK, CFP, earned a place at the 1999 Top of the Table-Million Dollar Round Table, an achievement reserved for only a select group of life insurance professionals each year.

ROBERT J. LUCA MPA retired as chief of the California Bureau of Investigation, after serving 30 years with the state Depart-ment of Justice, the last 10 as bureau chief. He has since started a new career with E*TRADE Group, a provider of online financial services, as director of corporate security for global operations.

JAMES LAW is the president of Pharmtemp Professionals Inc. with offices in San Marino, Calif. The company was established to meet the temporary staffing needs of retail, hospital and home health clinic pharmacies in the Southern California area.

DAVID BOGSTAD has become a partner at Loving & Campos Architects Inc., and has assumed the role of vice president for the Walnut Creek, Calif., firm. His new responsibilities include managing its technology. Bogstad also serves on the board of directors of Design Variations, a start-up software company.

DANIEL D. BEINTEMA was appointed executive director of the Bayfront Conservancy Trust and Chula Vista Nature Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The living museum, located on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, is home to numerous rare and endangered species of plants and animals.

JOHN M. DeMARCO has been named senior vice president at Lowe Enterprises Inc., a Los Angeles-based real estate investment, management and development firm. He serves as corporate counsel for the company and its subsidiaries, with primary responsibility in the area of legal affairs. DeMarco and his family reside in Pasadena.

KATHLEEN HILL-BESINQUE PharmD, MEd ’88, wrote “Contraception: A Review of Current Methods” for Health Notes, published by the California State Board of Pharmacy. She is an assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and director of teaching and learning resources and clinical experiential programs in the USC School of Pharmacy.

KATHY LIDBURY has joined HOK-Chicago as an associate and business development manager. HOK is a worldwide firm specializing in architecture, engineering, planning, interiors, graphics and consulting.

LESLIE LEHR SPIRSON is the author of 66 Laps, a first novel and winner of the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Literary Prize. It’s published by Villard, a division of Random House. Spirson is the author of several humorous parenting books, including Welcome to Club Mom, and wrote the film Heartless.

RUTH CAMPBELL MPW has earned several nods in screenwriting contests. Her script, Lila, reached the semifinals of the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowships, as well as the semifinals of the Chesterfield writing contest. In the Austin Film Festival, two of Campbell’s scripts, My Fairy Godmother and The Pickle Pie Pageant, both made it into the semifinals, and another, The Best Days Ever, was a top-three finalist.

MARGARET LESLIE DAVIS MFA was named director of corporate communications for Futurestep.com, an Internet-based executive recruiter. She will oversee development of proprietary content for the life and career section of the company’s site.

STEPHEN EHRET MPA was elevated to the membership level of “Fellow” within the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the head of the Shore Facilities Depart-ment at the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center in Port Hueneme, Calif.

JEFFREY J. LUDWIKOWSKI has been promoted to partner at the law firm of Sable, Pusateri, Rosen, Gordon & Adams LLC, in Pittsburgh, Penn. He specializes in commercial litigation, product liability defense and insurance coverage disputes.

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