Michael Manning Jr. ’83 and Daina Darzin

David Barish ’84 and Matilde Kaczer

Mark Lueker MS ’84 and Maria Hermida

Irene L. Dallianis ’89 and John A. Sics

Jean Shih ’89 and Andrew Douglas JD ’93

Jim Hanzlik ’90 and Olicia Alonso

Julia Power ’90 and Edward Weld

Scott M. Graham ’91, MD ’95 and Jennifer Schultz ’97

Perry Shen MD ’92 and Jane Chong PharmD ’98

William A. Agnew ’93 and Patricia Ailene Swor

Hratch J. Karakachian ’93, MBT ’94 and Marika Issakhanian

Michelle L. Owens ’95 and Michael L. Thomas

Diana Staresinic ’97 and James K. Dean.


Stephen B. Meisel ’65, MD ’68 and Bonnie (Stone) Meisel, a son and a daughter, Harry Albert and Leslie Alana Stone

Dorothy Reinhold ’78 and Andrew Shaner, a son, Nicholas Tyler

William James Spencer PharmD ’80 and Michelle H. Spencer, a daughter, Kristin Marie. She joins siblings Kathleen, Michael, Jacquelyn and William James

Mark A. Stevens ’81, MS ’84 and Mary Stevens, a daughter, Samantha Noel. She joins her twin brothers Scott and Sean, 4. She is the niece of Lisa A. (Stevens) Aveni ’83

John Fink ’86 and Anne Fink, a son, Charles James. He joins brother Jack, 6, and sister Katie, 4. He is the grandson of James Fink ’55 and the nephew of Vickie (Fink) Barrett ’79

Kathryn (Hobbs) Hill ’86 and Chris Hill, a son, Charles William. He joins brother Jared. He is the grandson of Robert W. Hobbs ’64

Stacey (Colborne) Smith ’86 and Phillip Smith, a daughter, Kamryn Baylee. She joins her sister Kendall, 2

Debra (Sandstrom) Vegh ’89 and Marcus Stephen Vegh, a son, Hunter Sandstrom. He joins sister Annelisa Victoria and brother Matthew David. He is the nephew of Susan (Sandstrom) Mehler ’84 and Thomas Dale Vegh MBA ’90

Kent Killgore ’90 and Michele (Kotsch) Killgore ’91, a daughter, Caitlin Nicole

Barbara (Zoller) Riegel ’90 and Chris Riegel ’85, a girl, Catherine Nicole. She is the niece of Kathleen (Zoller) Duffy ’76

Nancy Ann (Grabowski) Sapp ’91 and Joel Stapp, a daughter, Sydney Ann

Amanda (Hotchkin) St. Clair ’91 and William St. Clair ’91, MA ’92, a daughter, Ava Louise

Patrick A. Ward ’92 and Christine Ward, a daughter, Samantha Christine. She joins sister Stephanie Marie, 2

Paul Weiland ’92 and Marcy Weiland ’92, a daughter, Katherine Min

Marsha (Adams) Peterson ’93 and Terek Peterson, a son, John Bennett

Dina (Spector) Gomez ’94 and Ramon Gomez, a daughter, Micaela Drew. She joins brother Jacob, 3

Donn Christensen ’95, JD ’98 and Mimi N. Christensen ’95, a daughter and a son, Katherine and Thomas

Jeffrey Nast ’95 and Jennifer (Belardi) Nast, a daughter, Olivia Lisa. She is the niece of Justin B. Nast ’92

Jennifer (Schems) Van Sickle ’95 and Michael Van Sickle, a daughter, Allison Nicole. She joins brother Justin Michael.


Ruth E. Rush ’24, of Sarasota, Fla.; Feb. 4, 2002, at the age of 99. She was an actor and director. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Dale; daughters Ellagene Simpson and Lolita English; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Walker Downs LLB ’33, of La Verne, Calif.; Nov. 15, 2001, at the age of 93. He was a retired attorney and judge who served on a committee that urged Richard Nixon to run for Congress. He graduated from Pomona College and was admitted to the bar in 1933. He began practicing law in La Verne a year later and continued to do so for 50 years. He also served as city judge and La Verne city attorney for 10 years. He was a member of the Los Angeles Bar Association and a past president of the Pomona Valley Bar Association. He also served as president of the San Gabriel Valley Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Los Angeles County Republican Central Committee and served on the “Committee of 100” in 1946. He was named La Verne Citizen of the Year in 1956. He is survived by two sons, William of Big Bear, Calif., and Douglas of Pacific Grove, Calif.; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a step-great-grandchild.

Bill Radovich ’37, of Newport Beach, Calif.; Mar. 6, 2002, at the age of 87. He lettered at guard for the Trojans from 1935 to 1937 and later played for the Detroit Lions (1938-41, 1945) and for the Los Angeles Dons (1946-47). He was an all-star for the Lions in 1939 and 1945. He is best known for being the first player to take the NFL to court over the right to play for the team of his choice. He is survived by a brother, Walt, and a sister Gloria Kaye Clinton, both of Palm Springs, Calif.

Abraham Gorenfeld LLB ’37, of Torrance, Calif.; Dec. 9, 2001, at the age of 86. He was a former Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner. After graduating from UCLA and USC, he opened a law office to represent labor unions and take cases for the NAACP. During the war, he worked with the Japanese-American Alliance to oppose the internment of Japanese-American citizens, then served as a combat infantryman in the South Pacific. Hired by the court as a commissioner in 1971, he heard an average of 50 divorce matters a day but also performed the occasional marriage ceremony. He is survived by his wife, Katherine; a son, Will; a daughter, Judy Baerresen; two brothers, Harry and Ivan; and a sister, Ida Mae Machit.

Fred Okrand JD ’40, of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; March 18, 2002, at the age of 84. He was a former legal director of the ACLU of Southern California. After graduating from USC Law School, he joined the law firm of Gallagher & Wirin but left after the United States entered World War II. During the war, he spent four years in the Army, serving in the European theater. During his six-decade association with the ACLU, he argued at least four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and took several others before the California Supreme Court. His most enduring battle was one he helped wage for people of Japanese ancestry whose rights were violated by the U.S. government during World War II. From the 1960s through the early 1980s, his most consuming case involved the fight over school busing. Okrand retired in 1984 but continued to work on cases as the ACLU’s emeritus legal director. Until just before his death, he was working on a case involving the internment by the U.S. of Japanese Latin Americans. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mimi; two sons, Dean and Marc; and two grandchildren. Donations may be sent to the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, 1616 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Earl Collings ’43, of Tequesta, Fla.; October 2001, at the age of 81. He was a former Tequesta mayor and councilman. He met his wife, Marti, in Chicago during World War II, where he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. The couple settled in Chicago, where he worked in advertising. He was later invited to join the PGA of America at its South Florida headquarters. He served as the organization’s communications director from 1974 into the 1980s. During his career, he also had his own sports marketing and golf consultant business, worked at the National Golf Foundation, worked for PGA National and wrote a multitude of articles and books. In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by a daughter, Christine Briggs of Roseville, Minn.; two sons, Earl Jr. of Cupertino, Calif., and John of Tequesta; and three grandchildren.

Alex Hannum ’43, of San Diego; Jan. 18, 2002, at the age of 78. He was a former USC men’s basketball standout and the first person to coach two different NBA teams to championships. He was with the Trojans for the 1942-43 season. After more than three years in the military, he returned to USC for the 1946-47 season and became team captain and an All-Conference selection in 1947-48, his senior season. He played in the NBA for nine seasons, then was named player-coach of the St. Louis Hawks in 1956-57, leading the team to the finals. He had a record of 471-412 in 12 seasons with four teams, and coached another four seasons in the old American Basketball Association, compiling a 178-152 record. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, two years after being selected one of the NBA’s 10 greatest coaches.

Gordon L. McDonough Jr. ’43, of Glendale, Calif.; Dec. 5, 2001. He served as an aide and campaign manager to his father, Los Angeles county supervisor and U.S. Rep. Gordon McDonough Sr. He also served as a naval communications officer on the USS McNair DD 679 in World War II and on the USS Juneau CLAA in the Korean War. He is survived by three children, Gordon III, Susan and Laurie; and three grandchildren, Yolanda McDonough and Anthony and Christopher Tarne.

Joseph A. A. Terek MS ’45, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Oct. 27, 2001, from complications following pneumonia, at the age of 79. He was an organic chemist for 50 years. In his student years, he worked on the laboratory synthesis of anti-malaria drugs at USC from 1943 to 1945. He then worked in low-temperature polymers, high-stability plastics and thin films and coatings at Goodyear Research, with patents in this area; as a projects officer for 20 years with the Central Intelligence Agency; and on projects for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention (formerly Office of Toxic Substances). He was an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society and also a member of the Catholic Association of Scientists and Engineers, the American Association of Retired Persons, the First Catholic Slovak Union, the Knights of Columbus, the St. Catherine Laboure Church Liturgical Choir, and the Holy Name Society. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rosemarie; 10 children, one grandchild and numerous relatives.

Edward Dwight Gummig DDS ’46, of Aiken, S.C.; Nov. 11, 2001, of lung cancer, at the age of 77. While at USC, he was affiliated with Delta Sigma Pi and played clarinet in the marching band. After graduating, he studied dentistry at Northwestern University and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served as a captain in the Air Force during the Korean conflict, stationed in Japan; after his return from service, he practiced general dentistry for 35 years in Pasadena, Calif. Upon retirement, he resided in Laguna Niguel, Calif., Sarasota, Fla., and finally Aiken. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Georgia; his daughter, Monica ’84 of Atlanta, Ga.; his sister; and two nieces and a nephew. Donations in his honor may be sent to either the Aiken SPCA, 401 Wire Road, Aiken, S.C. 29801; or to Home-Delivered Meals Program, 159 Morgan St., Aiken, S.C., 29801.

Kenneth L. Artiss MD ’47, of Rockville, Md.; Oct. 23, 2001, of complications from colon cancer, at the age of 88. He was a retired army lieutenant colonel and a research psychiatrist and instructor at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. For 21 years he served in the Army Medical Corps as chief of psychiatry in the division of neuropsychiatry at Walter Reed’s Institute of Research. His work included development of treatments for combatants with severe psychiatric disorders. After he retired from the Army in 1964, he was a senior consultant to Walter Reed’s psychiatric residency training program and director of research at Chestnut Lodge, a psychiatric hospital in Rockville. He also taught at the Washington School of Psychiatry and was in private practice. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carola Artiss of Rockville; a son from his first marriage to Elouise Artiss, Frederick Leslie Artiss of Pusan, South Korea; and a granddaughter.

H. Bradley Campbell MD ’47, of Hadley, Mass.; Jan. 1, 2002, at the age of 79. He was born in Peking, China, and moved to America in 1937. He served in the Navy from 1942-1949 and was stationed for a time in Japan. He received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in 1947. He was chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Hahne-mann Hospital in Worcester, Mass., and was also a member of the staff at the former Memorial Hospital in Worcester and Holden Hospital in Holden, Mass. His wife Carol (Johnson) Campbell died in 1999. He is survived by two sons, Bradley J. Campbell of Murray, Utah, and Stephen J. Campbell of Clayton, N.M.; three daughters, Paula Miles of West Jordan, Utah, Janet Kerr of Hinesburgh, Vt., and Nancy Campbell Patteson of Amherst, Mass.; 13 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

David Danny Rosenfeld MD ’47, of Encino, Calif.; Dec. 19, 2001, at the age of 80. He was an assistant professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a pioneer of mammography. He moved to Los Angeles in 1944 from Brooklyn, N.Y. to complete his medical studies at USC and a residency in radiology at Los Angeles County Hospital. He was the first radiologist and the 15th physician hired by Kaiser-Permanente in Southern California when he joined the medical group in 1951 and began working at the Fontana Kaiser Hospital. He became chief of radiology at Kaiser Sunset in 1960, a position he held for 13 years, and also worked as an assistant professor at the Keck School. He officially retired in 1985 after 35 years of clinical practice, but continued working part-time at Kaiser-Woodland Hills Hospital for 12 years until June 2001. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty; his sons, Sherman of Rehovot, Israel, Mike of North Hollywood, Seth of Portland, Ore. and Keva of Santa Monica; his daughter, Rachel of Northridge; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Bonnie Templeton MA ’47, of Los Angeles; Jan. 29, 2002, of heart and kidney failure, at the age of 95. She was a pioneering female botanist who served as curator of botany for the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History from 1929 to 1970. Templeton’s botanical accomplishments ranged from discovering a rare plant on the El Segundo sand dunes in the 1930s to assembling botanical evidence from the La Brea Tar Pits in the 1960s that proved that the climate of Southern California during the Pleistocene era was much cooler and wetter than previously believed. She stumbled into botany by chance when an employment agency sent her to the home of a hobbyist who needed help classifying and mounting specimens in his extensive collection of dried plants. By 1928, she had learned enough about plants to become assistant botanist at the California Botanic Garden in Los Angeles. A year later, she was named curator of botany at the County Museum of Natural History, where she remained for 41 years. While working full time at the museum, she attended night classes, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in botany. She took a year’s leave to earn her doctorate, writing her thesis on the fruits and seeds of the Rancho La Brea Pleistocene deposits. While working as curator, she also served as an on-call forensic botanist for the Los Angeles Police Department, as well as being on call for the poison center. After retiring from the museum in 1970, she founded the California Botanical Science Service, a private consulting business in Glendale, which she operated for about 20 years. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Chester Weiche, and a sister, Matie Till of Corpus Christie, Tex.

Richard E. Barton ’49, of Victorville, Calif.; August 2001, at the age of 80. He worked for the U.S. Department of State and was assistant director of admissions at USC in 1948.

George A. Kasem ’49, LLB ’51, of Carlsbad, Calif; Feb. 11, 2002, of pneumonia, at the age of 82. He was the first Arab American to serve in the House of Representatives. Raised in Los Angeles, Kasem served in the Army Air Force during World War II and then earned his bachelor’s and law degrees. He practiced law in the Los Angeles area for most of his career. A liberal Democrat, he was elected to serve the 25th District, encompassing West Covina, in 1958, but lost his bid for reelection in 1960. During his brief tenure in Washington, Kasem worked for federal aid to education, medical care for the aged and funding of the San Gabriel Valley Flood Control project. Kasem served as a commissioner at Citrus Municipal Court in West Covina from 1978 until 1984. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Catherine; a daughter, Janet Orr; and two grandchildren.

Kenneth L. Weatherholt ’49, of San Clemente, Calif.; February 2002, after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 78. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, traveling with General Patton’s 3rd Army across Europe and earning a Bronze Star. He then attended Fullerton Community College before transferring to USC. He later earned a master’s and administrative credential from Cal State Los Angeles. He spent 30 years with Alhambra City schools as a math and science teacher, department chairman, adult education teacher and administrator. In addition to teaching, he spent a number of years coaching the high school golf team. After an early retirement, he pursued his interest in golf, working as a starter in a pro shop and winning several senior tournaments. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marjorie Bovard Malcom ’45; two children; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Keith Orville Burnham ’50, of Newport Beach, Calif.; March 30, 2002, after a long battle with leukemia, at the age of 78. He served in the U.S. Army’s Air Corps during World War II; when he returned to the U.S., he pursued a career in real estate development. He was active in local community organizations, including the Newport-Irvine Rotary Club, which he served the organization in several capacities. He was also a past director of the Whittier YMCA and of the Whittier Chamber of Commerce, and served on that city’s board of appeals. After moving to Newport Beach in 1969, he became active in Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County and became president of that organization. He remained on its advisory board for several years. He is survived by wife of 54 years, Barbara; children Kay, Brent, Elise, Scott and Jamie; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary Foundation of Leukemia Society.
Robert Wallance Mintie ’50, of Telluride, Colo.; Sept. 16, 2001, at the age of 74. He was president of Mintie Corporation, a third-generation business, until his semi-retirement in 1997, continuing as chairman of the board emeritus. He was an accomplished portrait painter, was treasurer of the Palm Desert Museum Artist’s Council and was actively involved with Artists of Ironwood at Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif. While at USC, he was a member of Phi Psi fraternity. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Tally; son Kevin; former daughter-in-law Sharon; son James; daughter-in-law Lauren; daughter Carrie Gilmore; son-in-law Greg; and six grandchildren, Katherine, Bryce, Kelly, Sean, Griffin and Carter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palm Desert Museum Education Department, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, Calif., 92262.

Robert Johannsen ’51, MD ’59, of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Dec. 29, 2001, at the age of 72. He served three years as a naval officer during the Korean War; after his discharge, he entered USC Medical School. He trained at the Naval Hospital, San Diego for his one-year internship. He practiced general medicine for two years before entering a three-year residency in ophthalmology at USC General Hospital. He returned to private practice in West Covina in 1965; during that time, he was elected chief of staff at the Queen of the Valley Hospital. In 1989 he spent one month in Mombassa, Kenya, doing eye surgery as a volunteer surgeon. He retired in 1992. He is survived by his wife, Geri; daughter and son-in-law Jan and Ken MacLeod of Coronado, Calif.; son Robert Jay of San Diego, Calif.; and five grandchildren. The family suggests donations to the Odyssey Hospice of Palm Desert, Calif.

James G. Kolts LLB ’51, of Altadena, Calif.; Dec. 21, 2001, of a heart attack, at the age of 77. He was a former Los Angeles County superior court judge who gained fame as the head of the Kolts Commission, which in 1992 found “deeply disturbing” use of excessive force and mistreatment of minorities by the sheriff’s department. He earned his bachelors degree from the University of Oregon and served in the Army infantry during World War II before obtaining his law degree at USC. He spent 17 years as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and sat on the bench from 1969 to 1989. After retiring in 1989, he was tapped to look into the sheriff’s department. The scathing 359-page Kolts Report, released July 20, 1992, identified 62 problem officers who generated multiple use-of-force complaints, found that people who filed complaints against deputies were intimidated or ignored, and criticized the district attorney’s office for apparent unwillingness to prosecute deputies. The report also found evidence of racially intolerant attitudes and conduct particularly aimed at blacks, Latinos and Asians, and discrimination against gays and lesbians within the department. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Kathryn Showers of Altadena and Carolyn McAllister of Niceville, Fla.; a son, Robert, of Long Beach; and two grandsons. Memorial donations can be sent either to the USC Law School or to Santa Anita Family Services, on whose board Kolts served, at
605 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016.

Morris Polan MS ’51, of Los Angeles; March 23, 2002, of heart failure, at the age of 78; For 23 years he was the university librarian of Cal State LA. During that time he oversaw the construction of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library and tripled the size of its collection. He later supervised its restoration after the 1987 Whittier earthquake, which collapsed a bridge between the library’s wings and unshelved half of its nearly 1 million volumes. As a stopgap measure, he launched the Hemingway Express, a van that shuttled to other libraries daily, borrowing copies of books buried by the disaster. A native of East St. Louis, Ill., he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and a master’s in library science from USC. Before stepping down as university librarian, he instigated the move onto campus of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs, a nonprofit public policy group named after the former governor. In 1992, he became the institute’s public affairs coordinator, a position he held until his death. He is survived by his daughters, Ruth and Miriam, and a grandson.

Rudolph B. Davila ’52, MEd ’59, of Vista, Calif.; Jan. 26, 2002, after a long illness, at the age of 85. In 2000, he was among 21 Asian-American World War II veterans who received Medals of Honor at a White House ceremony after an Army panel reviewed their wartime actions and deemed them worthy of the commendation. He earned the medal for his heroism during the offensive that broke through the German mountain strongholds surrounding the Anzio beachhead in May 1944. He later received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant and was promoted to first lieutenant. After the war, he earned bachelor’s and masters degree’s in sociology and spent 30 years as a teacher and counselor in the Los Angeles City School District. His wife, Harriet, preceded him in death. He is survived by his children, Jeffrey, Roland of Evergreen, Colo., Tana Lemmenes of Clintonville, Wis., Gregg of Santa Ana and Jill Link of La Habra; and nine grandchildren.

Ira Kelly Mills ’52, MA ’53, of Bozeman, Mont.; Jan. 3, 2002, at the age of 80. As a child, he acted in several children’s films, including Comedy Gang, Smitty and Our Gang comedies, as well as some bit parts in full-length features. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. He married Della Ruth Miller in 1943. After earning two degrees from USC, he earned a Ph.D. in plant physiology from Oregon State University in 1956, then moved to Bozeman to teach at Montana State University. In 1966-67, he was a Fulbright professor at Provincial Chung Hsing University in Taichung, Taiwan. He later served for three years as a member of the pre- and post-doctoral fellowship review committee for the National Institutes of Health. He retired from MSU in 1984. He is survived by his wife, Della; sons Robbin Lee of Bozeman and Larry Robert of Sacramento, Calif.; grandson Scott Edward Mills of Denver, Colo.; and sister Mae Baxter of Enterprise, Ore.

Ormond G. Mitchell MA ’52, PhD ’57, of Beverly Hills; Oct. 15, 2001. He was a professor emeritus at the department of anatomy at New York University Dental Center. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and Korea. He received a bachelor’s in biology from San Diego University in 1948. He served as research associate and professor and chairman at New York University and other colleges as well. He received honors and awards in his field and had many publications. He was also a Mason. He retired in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Chung Ja Mitchell; son Bryan and daughter-in-law Judy; son Allen, daughter-in-law Melanie and grandsons Glen and John of South Carolina; a daughter, Gretchen Boone of California; and a sister, Carol Devlin of Oregon.

Frederick Engel ’53, of Los Angeles; Nov. 29, 2001, at the age of 71. He was a movie producer and literary agent. He served in the Navy before taking a job in the mailroom at MCA. He later worked for the Ashley/Steiner Agency, where he served as a literary agent for a number of writers, including William Inge and William Bowers. He saw the William E. Barrett book Lilies of the Field while at the agency and took it to United Artists in 1963. He then went on to produce Once a Thief, Duel at Diablo and Will Penny.
Jim Sears ’54, of Woodland Hills, Calif.; Jan. 4, 2002, of complications from a brain hemorrhage and stroke, at the age of 70. He was a former USC All-American halfback who was seventh in the 1952 Heisman Trophy voting. That year he led the 10-1, number-five-ranked Trojans to the Pacific Coast Conference championship and a win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. That season, he was USC’s leader in passing, total offense, scoring and punt returns, and won the Voit Trophy (outstanding player on the Pacific Coast) and the Pop Warner Award (most valuable senior on the Pacific Coast), as well as All-PCC first team honors. He then played in the College All-Star Game and Hula Bowl. He played professionally for the Chicago Cardinals, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos. He was an assistant coach at USC in 1959. After his playing career, he entered private business. He is survived by his former wife Diane, sons Rick and Gifford, and five grandchildren.
Dona Ross-Pacini ’57, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Dec. 5, 2001, of complications from breast cancer. While at USC, she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and graduated from the School of Education. She taught elementary school in Monterey and Torrance. She loved reading and writing poetry. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Ron ’55; two children, Julie and John; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Emily and Jason; and a sister, Joan ’52.

Richard Amerian ’59, JD ’62, of Toluca Lake, Calif.; Nov. 4, 2001, at the age of 63. He was an associate judge on the California Court of Appeal who retired in 1984 to become one of the state’s first private judges. While in private judging, he specialized in insurance, real estate, business and construction. He won a scholarship to USC and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in political science. While earning his law degree, he served as managing editor of the USC Law Review. After two years at a small firm in Redondo Beach, he joined a larger firm in downtown Los Angeles. When Gov. Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1970 at the age of 32, he was one of the youngest judges in the state. Eight years later, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed him to the Superior Court and, in 1982, named him to the Court of Appeal. He also sat as a pro tem justice on the state Supreme Court in 1982. He served as a delegate to and a chairman of the assembly of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church and was a founder and president of the Armenian Professional Society. He is survived by his son, Michael of Toluca Lake, Calif., daughter Melissa, sister Frances Bozajian of Tarzana, Calif., and brothers Roger of Malibu and Jim of Encino. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Justice Richard Amerian Scholarship Endowment, USC Law School, Room 100, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071.

Mary N. Hamilton ’62, of Glendale, Calif.; Feb. 4, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 61. She was an investment consultant and community leader who was twice elected as a trustee of the Glendale Community College District. She founded a successful Glendale investment counseling firm, which is now part of Clifford Assoc., the oldest investment firm in the United States. She served as president of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and the Verdugo Hills Business and Professional Women. She also served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Glendale Memorial Hospital, UniHealth Foundation and California American Women’s Economic Development Corp. Among the many local organizations she founded or helped form was the Women’s Information Network of the Glendale Memorial Hospital, the Glendale Teen Center and the Hispanic Business and Professional Organization. She also was president of the YWCA Hamilton Court Housing Corp., a low-cost housing and shelter for abused women named in her honor.

Ernie Jones ’64, of Long Beach, Calif.; Jan. 9, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 61. He was a USC football player who led the conference in punting for three consecutive years. He was regarded as one of the country’s top punters during his three years (1961-63) at USC. He also played fullback and cornerback for the Trojans, and was part of the 1962 team that won the national championship by going 11-0 and beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. After leaving USC, he owned an insurance agency in Brea and Long Beach. He is survived by his wife, Carole, sons Thomas, Rob and Scott, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Friends of Ernie Jones Fund at Amigos de los Ninos, P.O. Box 2602, La Habra, Calif. 90632.

George William Dunn LLB ’65, of Long Beach, Calif.; Dec. 12, 2001, at the age of 71. He was a retired Long Beach Municipal Court judge who wrote a controversial appellate opinion in which he said Black Panther Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt had not received a fair trial in his murder case. Dunn received a bachelor’s degree in science and history in 1956 and a master’s degree in French history in 1958, both from Ohio State University. After moving to Los Angeles in the late 1950s, he taught science at a junior high school in Pacoima for a decade, also earning his law degree. After working for the Long Beach Legal Aid Foundation for a year, Dunn was in private practice in Long Beach from 1967 to 1979. He also taught business law at Cal State Long Beach in the 1970s. Elected to the Municipal Court in 1978, he spent much of the next two decades on assignment to the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal, where 60 of his opinions and dissents were published. His most controversial dissent came in 1980, while he was assigned to the Court of Appeal to hear Pratt’s first habeas corpus review. In his opinion, Dunn, the only African American on the panel, wrote: “A trial which is not fundamentally fair is no trial at all.” Dunn retired from the bench in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Kristin; two sons, Gregory and Keith; two daughters, Nicole and Leslie; a brother, Reginald; and two grandchildren.

Larry Kelly Browning ’70, of Ridgewood, N.J.; Nov. 2, 2001, at the age of 56. While at USC, he met Rita Vermeer ’72; they married in 1975. He and his wife moved to New Jersey, where he continued his profession in the financial markets, culminating his career as a financial manager with Mayer, Brown & Platt in New York City. He is survived by his wife, Rita; children Vanessa, Richard and Emily; his mother, Emily M. Browning of Santa Ana; and his brother, John.

W. Frank Lewis ’71, of Inglewood, Calif.; Mar. 7, 2002, of colon cancer, at the age of 60. He was a pediatric dentist and an Inglewood community and political leader. Educated at Compton College, USC and UCLA, he became a leader in African-American causes. He served as president of the UCLA African-American Dental Alumni Assn. for five years and was grand marshal of Los Angeles’ 15th annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to working in pediatric dentistry and dental surgery, Lewis was a longtime leader of Inglewood’s Democratic Club. He ran a successful campaign to elect Lois Hill Hale to the Inglewood Board of Education in 1987 and the following year served on a search committee for a new school superintendent. He served as president of the Inglewood Rotary Club in 1996-97 and was on the board of directors of the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce.

Burnett Miller ’78, MA ’81, of Beverly Hills; Dec. 10, 2001, at the age of 45. He was a Los Angeles art dealer known for presenting critically acclaimed exhibitions of an international array of contemporary art. He began his career at the Marilyn Pearl Gallery in New York, then worked as a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (then the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art) before launching his own business in Los Angeles. He opened his first gallery in 1985 with an exhibition of paintings by Leon Polk Smith. He is credited with introducing the work of young artists who later achieved international renown. He is survived by his wife, Tara Guizot.

Robert Mark DeLeonardis III PhD ’81, of Glendale, Calif.; March 4, 2002, at the age of 50. He was an aerospace systems analyst for 25 years with Aero Space Corp. He is survived by his wife, Rose; his parents, Raymond and Marcella; a brother, Edward; a sister-in-law, Alice; and three nephews, Stephen, Michael and Andrew.

John Cohan, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Dec. 29, 2001, at the age of 70. He was an estate planning attorney and a lecturer at USC Law School. Born in Arnhem, the Netherlands, he escaped with his family to England after the Nazis overtook his country, later coming to the United States. He was educated at the University of Arizona and Stanford Law School, and practiced with the Los Angeles-based law firm Irell & Manella from 1955 until his retirement in 1994. He wrote several books and articles on personal financial planning and taxation, including a textbook for other lawyers detailing how to draft living trusts. In addition to lecturing at USC, he also chaired USC’s annual tax institute from 1984 to 1995. In Los Angeles, he served on the city’s Advisory Panel on Ethical Standards for Charities and was active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America and Jewish Big Brothers.

Norman Davidson, of Pasadena, Calif.; Feb. 14, 2002 at the age of 85. During World War II, he worked for the National Defense Research Committee Project at USC. A groundbreaking Caltech chemical biologist, he earned the National Medal of Science for his preparatory work in mapping properties of DNA and the human genome. A fixture on the Caltech campus since 1946, he officially retired from teaching in 1986 but served as executive officer for biology from 1989 to 1997, chairing the division briefly. He held the Norman Chandler Chair of Chemical Biology, endowed by the family of former Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler. In 1980, he was named California Scientist of the Year by the California Museum of Science and Industry. He also received the Peter Debye Award from the American Chemical Society in 1971 and the Dickson Prize for Science in 1985. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Annemarie; four children, Brian Davidson of Walnut Creek, Jeff Davidson of Cayucos, Laureen Agee of Mammoth Lakes and Terry Davidson of Poway; and eight grandchildren.

Thomas Shelley Duval, of Silver Lake, Calif.; February 2002, of an apparent suicide, at the age of 58. He was a social psychologist known for his groundbreaking research in earthquake preparedness. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972 and was hired in 1978 to help launch a social psychology department at USC. He won numerous awards, including recent grants from the National Science Foundation, and published a number of articles on self-awareness, self-evaluation, causal attribution and the processes that lead to problem-focused vs. emotion-focused coping. His work has been cited more than 300 times in various publications. He was a member of the Society for Experimental-Social Psychology, and of Division 8 of the American Psychological Association.

Edward Harnagel, of Los Angeles; Feb. 4, 2002, at the age of 84. He was a longtime member of the Keck School of Medicine of USC faculty. Affectionately known as “The Fizz,” he was also a Los Angeles-area physician for more than 40 years who served on the staffs of the California Hospital Medical Center and the Hospital of the Good Samaritan. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1939 and received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1943. From 1948 to 1951, he held a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation in Rochester, Minn., where he assisted Philip Hench in his research on hormones of the adrenal cortex – work for which Hench received a Nobel Prize in 1950. An avid reader and student of medical history, he wrote and lectured extensively on wide-ranging topics such as the history of gout, medical quackery and famous physicians. His articles appeared in publications including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He is survived by a daughter, Anne Louise, two sons, a grandson and a daughter-in-law. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Huntington Memorial Library, 1150 Oxford Road, San Marino, Calif., 91108, or to the American Red Cross or Salvation Army.

Carl Hopkins, of Los Angeles; Feb. 4, 2002, after a short illness, at the age of 90. He was a biostatistician and medical-care scholar who taught at both USC and UCLA during a long academic career. He graduated from Dartmouth and went on to earn a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate from Harvard. Hopkins was a professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC from 1962 to 1964 before joining the UCLA faculty, where he was a professor of public health from 1964 to 1980. He was chairman and associate dean from 1971 to 1974. At UCLA, Hopkins was regarded as a dedicated statistical consultant on many medical studies. He also engaged in research on the organization, financing and evaluation of health services.

Paul Irwin, of Claremont, Calif.; Jan. 15, 2002, at the age of 94. He was an educator and minister who taught in USC’s religion department for 10 years. He began his ministry career in 1934 as the pastor of a Baptist church in Flint, Mich. He left four years later to lead a church in Woodbury, N.J., at the same time holding down a teaching job at a girls’ school in Philadelphia. He earned six degrees over the course of his life, including a master’s of theology degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a doctor of education degree from Columbia University in New York. He met his wife, Georgina Fry, at Columbia’s Teachers College; the couple married in 1944. They moved to Los Angeles in 1947 when Irwin was offered a job on the religion faculty at USC. Ten years later, he left USC’s religion department to help form the Claremont School of Theology. Shortly after his retirement in 1973, his friends and former students created the Irwin Lectureship at Claremont School of Theology. He is survived by his wife and two sons, William Knox Irwin and Paul Elliott Irwin, both of Claremont. Memorial contributions can be made to the Irwin Lectureship at Claremont School of Theology, 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711.

Dorothy H. “Dotty” Pin, of Los Angeles; Oct. 18, 2001, at the age of 80. She worked as USC’s curriculum coordinator in the 1970s, beginning her career with USC at the age of 50. She was also a volunteer for radio station KPFK, Crenshaw Neighbors and Living Colors. She is survived by two daughters, a sister, three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mimi Roth, of Studio City, Calif; Mar. 7, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 81. She was one of the first female executives for a major Hollywood studio who later taught screenwriting at USC. She began by writing comedy material for Art Carney and also wrote for the popular radio quiz show “Break the Bank.” She was at United Artists from 1958 to 1971 as head of its development department, where she was responsible for searching through thousands of screenplays to find the studio’s future hit productions. After leaving United Artists, she worked for Playboy Productions’ development department. She is survived by a son, Eric.

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