Jack Colbert MA ’49 has published his 10th book, The Worlds of Elie Wiesel. He and Wiesel have been friends for more than 30 years.

Milena W. Thompson MS ’58 recently published My Father, The Prince, which traces the life of her father, Prince Milo of Montenegro, a member of the royal dynasty of Petrovic-Njegos.

John F. Dean EdD ’66 was presented with the 2001 Spurgeon Award signifying his selection as Orange County Man of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council. He retired as Orange County superintendent of schools in 2001 after a career spanning almost 51 years.

Lew W. Wallace MD of San Gabriel, Calif., retired from family medicine practice after almost 40 years of service.

Bill Owen is the author of Bill Owen’s The Over 60 Trivia Book. The book recalls people and events of the 1930s and ’40s.

Tom Whitelock III MD ’59 retired from his San Diego practice after 42 years of patient care.

Jack Lieberman MD retired from his position as chief of pulmonology at the Sepulveda VA Medical Center in 1994. He was given special recognition as a pioneer in alpha-1 research by the Alpha One Foundation in January 2001. He serves as medical advisor to the alpha-1 list on the Internet and provides medical information on a medical support bulletin board. He also volunteers with the Grand Rounds Program at the Sepulveda VA Medical Center.

William Schubert MD, a family practitioner for 46 years, continues his involvement at USC as a co-class agent, a clinical professor of family medicine and a member of the committee that develops family practice post-graduate education courses for the Keck School of Medicine.

Don Beckhart is a realtor/salesman at Windermere Real Estate in Zepher Cove, Nev.

Janet Chapple wrote Yellowstone Treasures, a comprehensive guide to the national park. She spent five years researching and writing the guide.

Jerra Lynne (Tyler) Beckhart works as a broker/salesperson at Windermere Real Estate in Zepher Cove, Nev.

Rink A. Babka has been named president-elect and chairman of the board of the World Throwers Congress, the hall of fame for international and Olympic throwing athletes. He won a silver medal in the discus throw at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Graham Kuhns Jr. MEd ’61 serves on the board of directors, and as executive secretary, for the Bread of Life Rescue Mission in Oceanside, Calif., a nonprofit homeless shelter and assistance organization.

Norman F. Schneidewind MBA, DBA ’66, MS ’70 received the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers “Reliability Engineer of the Year” award.

Nelson F. Tchakirides staged a one-man exhibition, “From Sea to Shining Sea,” at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby, Conn. The month-long show, representing scenes from painting trips across the country, included landscapes, seascapes and a historic painting of a Sikorsky flying boat’s maiden flight.

Gary C. Hart has been appointed head of the Santa Monica, Calif.-based division of Weidlinger Associates Inc. The division, called Hart-Weidlinger, performs building-design and earthquake-risk evaluation studies. Included among his projects has been the study of the USC University Park campus.

Gerald R. Greene MD specializes in pediatric infectious diseases at Arrowhead (Calif.) Regional Medical Center. He also serves as chair of pediatrics at the County Hospital for San Bernardino.

Gay Toltl Kinman MS has been nominated for three awards for her writing, the latest one being the EPPIE for the second in her middle-reader writing series, The Mystery of the Octagon House. The real Octagon House in Heritage Square in Los Angeles inspired the story.

Barbara Solomon DSW, vice provost for faculty diversity at USC and a professor in the USC School of Social Work, is principal investigator for the Family Preservation Evaluation project, a grant given to Partners in Care Foundation from the Department of Child and Family Services of Los Angeles County. She is a member of the Partners in Care board of directors.

Allan S. MacKinnon MS retired after 18 years as president of Modular Automotion Corp. He and his wife of 35 years, Theresa, have recently moved to Cambria, Calif.

Ronald Black was reappointed to the Building and Fire Board of Appeals Commission of Glendale for another three-year term, to expire in 2004. Most recently he had served as chairman of the board, and has been a city commissioner since he was appointed to the board in 1998.

Angi Ma Wong plans to release three new works in 2002: The Feng Shui Room-by-Room Home Design Kit, the 2003 Feng Shui Page-a-Day Calendar and Feng Shui Fortune in Love and Romance.

Marvin Marshall EdD, at the invitation of the ministry of education of the government of Malaysia, presented a three-day institute in October in Kuala Lumpur, based on his book Discipline Without Stress, Punishment or Rewards: How Teachers and Parents Promote Responsibility and Learning. He also has a three-year contract with the New York City board of education to reduce punitive discipline approaches, reduce the number of school suspensions, reduce the number of incidents of violence and increase academic achievement.

Terry Hodge Taylor is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his concert-event production company, Hodge Taylor Productions. The firm specializes in creating evenings honoring social and political leaders and members of the entertainment industry.

Ned Mansour published a novel, Divided Roads. The book is inspired by his late friend, Joe MacKay, who died of cancer in late 2000. Until his retirement in 2000, Mansour had served as the president of Mattel Inc.

W. June Simmons MSW has been named a member of the HMO Workgroup on Care Management of the AAHP Foundation, the educational, nonprofit arm of the American Association of Health Plans.

Daniel Levinson is the inspector general of the U.S. General Services Administration.

Joseph Antunovich MA ’74 is president of the Chicago-based architectural firm Antunovich Associates, which recently designed a 1,700-student residence building serving three area universities.

Darrell L. Douglas DMA, a professor emeritus of music at Elizabethtown College, published his fifth music theory book, Examples of Easy-
Figured Bass for the Keyboard
. The text is intended for undergraduate and graduate music theory students.

Michael M. McClune MBA ’74 has been named to head up the New York-based Newmark & Co. Real Estate’s new California commercial real estate property management group and to be a member of the executive committee of the firm’s California division. He previously served in senior executive positions with New America Asset Management Services and Jones Land LaSalle.

Mark Ridley-Thomas PhD ’89 received the public service award from the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women. He is the councilman of the 8th District, which includes USC.

Michael Hricak has been elected to the national board of directors for the American Institute of Architects. He was president of the California Council of the AIA in 2001 and president of the AIA/Los Angeles in 1996. He has taught at USC’s School of Architecture since 1998.

Joy Barrett Sabol joined Lockheed Missiles and Fire Control as the company’s vice president for communications. She is responsible for strategic marketing communications, advertising, media relations, employee communications and community relations.

Michael P. Driscoll MSW has been elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to serve as episcopal liaison with Catholic Charities USA, the national organization representing all Catholic Charities agencies throughout the nation.

Russell Gray EdD published a novel under the name Cathal Liam, titled Consumed in Freedom’s Flame: A Novel of Ireland’s Struggle for Freedom 1916-1921.

Isabel Castro-Melendez is co-curator of “Corridos Sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition,” a music exhibition celebrating the corrido (ballad) tradition in the United States and Mexico. The exhibition is currently open at the Smithsonian’s Art and Industries Building and will travel to 10 other venues over the next three years.

Tom C. Stickel MPA has been elected 2002 chair of the California Chamber board of directors. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of University Ventures Network of Coronado, Calif.

Trude A. Tsujimoto has been promoted to vice president, secretary and general counsel of the Newhall Land and Farming Company. She previously served as secretary and general counsel.

Joseph F. Gentile MPA was re-appointed to the five-member employee relations board for the city of Los Angeles. He completed his 21st year as a member and is now chair of the three-member employee relations commission of Los Angeles County.

Berton Hamamoto was appointed 2002 chapter president of Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager.

Robyn Bramhall was recently elected board president of the Women’s Philharmonic, a 20-year-old nonprofit organization based in San Francisco and dedicated to the support and promotion of women composers,
conductors and performers.

Grace V. Sheehan became commanding officer of the enlisted placement center for the U.S. Navy, New Orleans on Nov. 15, 2001.

David Sunker MBA was named chief information officer of J.D. Power and Assoc. Previously he was vice president and chief information officer of Danone Waters of North America.

Dale A. Head was named executive vice president and general counsel of Clear Channel Entertainment Worldwide, formerly SFX Entertainment.

Dorothy A. Morris MS was elected president of Planned Parenthood of Hawaii for 2002.

Bruce Powell PhD was appointed the first head of school of the New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, Calif. This will be his third Jewish high school start-up in the greater Los Angeles area over the past 23 years. He is also president of Jewish School Management, a national consulting firm helping Jewish communities throughout America to develop and improve their Jewish elementary and high schools.

Serge Tomassian was elected 2002 chairman of the board of trustees of the World Affairs Council of Orange County. He is an attorney and partner in the Irvine law firm of Throckmorton, Beckstrom & Tomaissian LLP.

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Alumni Profiles

Joe Crow '39

Alice Gast '80

Mark Monro '83

Matt Vasgersian ’90

In Memoriam

Julie Kohl

Edward Zapanta