Issue: Summer 2003
Marriages, Births and Deaths
Troy C. Wollwage ’91 and Joan E. Quinn
Amanda J. Maertz ’93 and Ian I. Ayler
Pamela A. Muzyka ’93 and Matthew T. Dixon
Tracie Michelle Tso ’95 and Burton Conrad Griffith ’00
Allison M. Jacobs ’96 and Matthew M. McGee
Jennifer Michaels ’96 and Jeff Cohn
January Poulsen ’98 and Scott Von Luft ’98
Matthew Thomas Wilson ’01 and Shasta Lynn Bosz ’02
Cree L. Holland MSW ’02 and Paul J. McDaniels.
Susan (Niemi) Feldman ’83 and Michael Feldman, a daughter, Caroline Kelly
Rae Grace. She joins brother Sam, 12. She is the niece of Steven O. Niemi ’79 and Sandra (Niemi) Trujillo ’89.
David E. Lutfi ’83 and Christine A. Lutfi, a son, Joseph Elias. He joins sisters Allison, 8, Amy, 6, and Jennifer, 3.
Deborah L. Marks ’83 and Dorian R. Marks ’85, a son, Ryan Lee.
Katie (Butler) Fitkin ’87 and Mark Fitkin, a daughter, Billie Rose. She joins sister Brittany, 9.
Karen (Kesselman) Obuljen ’88 and Brett F. Obuljen ’89, a son, Tyler Benjamen. He is the nephew of Colleen (Obuljen) Palla ’89.
John Parker ’90 and Kelly (Smith) Parker ’94, a son, Cole Edward.
Stephanie (Hilton) Smith ’90 and Adam Smith ’90, a son, Justin Adam. He joins siblings Zachary, 8, Molly, 5, and Ethan, 2.
B.J. (DeMeo) Casey ’92 and Jack Casey, a daughter, Charlotte Blythe.
Mia (Schneider) Lauritzen ’92 and Troy A. Lauritzen ’92, a son, Andrew “Drew” Dean. He joins brother Cole, 3.
Holly (Bradford) Nelson ’92 and Christopher Lawrence Nelson, a son, Bradford Errol.
Lance Weber ’93 and Stacey Weber, twins, Michael Bernhard and Leah Rose. They join sister Molly Deanna, 5.
Bentley Kerr MBA/ MRED ’95 and Mercedes (Cantu) Kerr MRED ’95, a daughter, Daniela Marie. She joins sister Samantha Deborah, 2.
Brian Michael Schmidt ’96 and Jennifer Lynn Schmidt, a daughter, Lindsay Grace.
R. Carmona ’97, MS ’01 and Christina (Galvan) Carmona ’98, JD ’01, a daughter,
Isabel Ann. She is the niece of Samuel R. Glavan ’01.
Daniel E. Owens ’97 and Delia (Jimeney) Owens, a son, Dylan Alexander. He is the nephew of Michelle Owens ’95.
Ruth (Bailie) Parris ’19, of Long Beach, Calif.; Jan. 14, at the age of
106. She earned her A.B. in history from USC. In 1920 she married George
F. Parris, who served as a captain in the Balloons Corps during World War
I. She is survived by son George, daughter Jessie, granddaughter Stephanie
and grandson Jay.
M. Pryor ’25, of Glendale, Calif.; Dec. 28, 2002, at the age of 99. While
at USC, he introduced the now-famous card stunts employed by fans during
games. He also established the Trojan Knights to assist with the stunts.
In 1927, he married Alys Maxfield. He was the owner of Pryor and Co. in Los
Angeles until his retirement in 1982. He was the oldest continuous member
of the Oakmont Country Club, where he originated the USC-UCLA golf tournament.
He also supported the Glendale Community Foundation, the Glendale Mental
Health Foundation and the Verdugo Visiting Nurses Association, and volunteered
weekly at Verdugo Hills Hospital. He was a charter member of Cardinal and
Gold and a lifetime football season ticket holder. He and his wife were honored
by the Glendale Old-Timers Association and were Glendale Senior Citizens
of the Year. His wife of 73 years died before him. He is survived by daughters
Peggy and Sally, sons-in-law Tom and Bob, grandchildren David, Bruce, Diane,
Steve, Brian, Margie, and Judy Kathy, and 13 great-grandchildren. In lieu
of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the La Canada Presbyterian
Church Choir or to the Glendale Community Foundation, P.O. Box 313, Glendale,
(Johnson) Fuller ’32, of Montecito, Calif.; Nov. 24, 2002, at the age of
91. While at USC, she was a member of Pi Beta Pi. She married the late Winston
R. Fuller ’32, who was a member of the USC Board of Trustees. They were married
for more than 60 years. She is survived by daughter Marilyn ’61, son Winston
Jr., sister Margaret ’35, grandchildren Michelle, Carl and Jonathan, and
great-grandchildren Scott, Kent, Sally, Kathryn and Seneca. Donations may
be made to the USC Norris Cancer Center Auxiliary, 1331 Eastlake Ave., Los
Angeles, CA 90033, or to the Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital Foundation,
2400 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90007.
(Eastman) Brockett ’39, of San Diego, Calif.; Oct. 19, 2002, of ovarian cancer,
at the age of 85. She attended San Diego State University for three years
before transferring to USC, where she studied microbiology. While at USC,
she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi. In 1938 she married Sheldon I. Brockett
DDS ’37. Upon her graduation from USC in 1939, the couple moved to San Diego.
She was a charter member of the San Diego Trojan League and a member of the
First United Methodist Church of San Diego, the San Diego County Dental Society
Auxiliary, the Grossmont Hospital Auxiliary, the Cotillion Club, the San
Diego Zoological Society, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego
Museum of Fine Art, the San Diego Historical Society and the Juniors of Social
Service Auxiliary. She is survived by husband Sheldon, brother Leigh, children
Kathy DH ’66, Larry and David DDS ’76, and nine grandchildren. Donations
in her memory can be made to San Diego Hospice, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego,
A. Macer MD ’39, of Altadena, Calif.; Aug. 18, 2002. He began his Ob-Gyn
residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center but was interrupted by
WWII when he served as a captain in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He returned
to complete his residency and in 1947 established a private practice in Pasadena,
where he remained for 42 years. He also was on staff at Huntington Memorial
Hospital and Saint Lukes Hospital and was the first chairman of the Ob-Gyn
residency program at Los Angeles County Hospital in 1964. He taught physicians
in Managua, Nicaragua, on the Project Hope Ship in 1966 and 1967. In 1970,
he established the Ob-Gyn residency program at Huntington Hospital, served
as director until 1976 and later served as a department chair. He was president
of the Los Angeles Ob-Gyn Society, the Southern California Ob-Gyn Assembly
and the Pacific Coast Ob-Gyn Society. He later became a clinical professor
emeritus at the USC School of Medicine. He was a founding member and president
of Salerni Collegium, the Medical School’s support group. He was named USC
Medical Alumnus of the Year in 1989, shortly before he suffered a career-ending
stroke at age 77. He is survived by wife Nevart, children Lynne ’69, MPA
’73, George Jr.’71, MD ’76, James ’75, MD ’79, and Jemela PhD ’89, as well
as nine grandchildren. In his memory, donations may be made to the Salerni
Collegium Past Presidents Scholarship Fund.
Troxell ’39, LLB ’47, of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Jan. 8, at the age of
84. He was a civil litigation attorney in Los Angeles for more than half
a century. He interrupted his law studies at USC to serve as a radio operator
with the Army Air Forces in the South Pacific. He later completed his bachelor’s
degree, a year of graduate studies in philosophy and his law degree at USC.
He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1947. He maintained his
law offices in North Hollywood through 2000, handling divorce cases and general
civil litigation. As environmental cleanup became a major governmental concern,
he represented small metal plating companies and other businesses in their
dealings with the Environmental Protection Agency.
L. Duggan LLB ’40, of Los Angeles; Oct. 26, 2002, of heart failure, at the
age of 89. He was an early partner in Coldwell Banker and was a former president
of the Los Angeles Realty Board. He was recruited by Coldwell Banker when
the San Francisco-based company expanded to Los Angeles in the 1940s. In
1952, he became an owner-partner. He helped expand the firm throughout the
state, then to Phoenix, Houston, Chicago, New York City and other locations.
He headed the Los Angeles Realty Board in 1957 after it had become the largest
organization of its kind in the world, with more than 1,900 members. He retired
in 1973 and turned his attention to civic and UCLA alumni organizations and
real estate investment with his family. A planner of Pauley Pavilion at UCLA,
he was a chamber of commerce board member and also served on the boards of
the Boy Scouts and Hathaway Home for Children. He is survived by his wife
of 60 years, Jean; sons Dennis and Richard; daughter Joan; and five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, 4650
Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, or to St. John’s Health Center, 1328
22nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90404.
DeLauer ’42, of Los Angeles; Nov. 27, 2002, of emphysema, at the age of 82.
An offensive lineman at USC from 1939 to 1941, he was a member of the Trojan
football team that won the 1940 Rose Bowl. He was also captain of the 1941
team. He played for the NFL champion Cleveland Rams in 1945. In 1946, after
the team moved to California, he kicked a field goal to beat the Washington
Redskins in the first NFL game ever played in Los Angeles. He is survived
by wife Lois and children Diane, Julie and Dane.
J. Aschenbrenner MEd ’47, EdD ’61, of Upland, Calif.; Dec. 16, 2002, at the
age of 89. He was a former Cal Poly Pomona professor and administrator. During
World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in Europe. He attained the rank
of captain and earned two Bronze Stars. He met his first wife, Ruth Freeman,
in Chicago during the war. He graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla,
Wash., before attending USC. He joined the Cal Poly faculty as an English
professor in 1947, when the campus was still in San Dimas and considered
a branch of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He served in various posts, eventually
becoming a dean of arts and sciences. After retirement from Cal Poly in 1975,
he and his wife became antique dealers, with a shop in San Bernardino. He
continued to be a part of the Cal Poly community and contributed several
gifts, including parts of his antique collection, now at the university’s
Kellogg House. His first wife died in 1995. He is survived by his second
wife, Lorraine, whom he married in 1997; sons Michael and George; daughters
Dorothy and Joyce; and four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
P. Meehan Jr. MD ’48, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Oct. 23, 2002, of leukemia,
at the age of 79. He was a Keck School of Medicine of USC professor emeritus
of physiology and a pioneering aeromedical researcher whose work on the physiological
effects of weightlessness and acceleration aided NASA’s early space programs.
He was highly regarded for his research in heart disease, blood pressure
and circulation when he began his collaboration with NASA in the late 1950s.
He helped design and build the original astronauts’ space suits as well as
the medical monitoring devices that would continuously beam data about heart
rate and blood pressure to mission control. In the 1970s, he helped the County
of Los Angeles acquire a hyperbaric chamber for the medical treatment of
divers injured with air embolisms. USC still operates the chamber at the
Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. He earned his B.S. from Caltech
before attending USC. He joined the Keck School faculty as a physiology instructor
in 1947 and was an assistant professor until 1951, when he began a three-year
stint as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He returned to USC in 1954 and
eventually became professor and chair of the department of physiology, a
position he held until his retirement in 1987. In the 1970s, in part because
of his work making space flight safer for astronauts, he was invited to the
U.S.S.R.’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. In 1987, the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics gave him the prestigious Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and
Life Sciences Research Award, which recognizes outstanding research accomplishments
in aerospace medicine and space life sciences. He is survived by wife Frances,
four children and four grandchildren.
Rock ’48, of Coronado, Calif.; Oct. 31, 2002, of cancer, at the age of 80.
He was a three-time letter winner in basketball at USC who played one season
for the Chicago Stags in the NBA. A 5-foot-9 guard, he lettered at USC in
1942, 1943 and 1947, serving in the Marines in between. He led the Trojans
in scoring in 1943, when they won the Pacific Coast League Southern Division
title and finished 23-5, at the time a school record for wins. He also led
the team in scoring in 1947 and was selected as the team’s MVP. He played
11 games for Chicago in the 1947-48 season. He retired from the Los Angeles
police department in 1979 as a captain. He is survived by wife Jeanette and
L. Hall ’50, of West Hollywood, Calif.; Jan. 4, of bladder cancer, at the
age of 76. He was an Academy Award-winning cinematographer and one of Hollywood’s
most sought-after directors of photography. He won Oscars for his cinematography
for 1999’s American Beauty and 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,
and posthumously for 2002’s Road to Perdition. He received the lifetime achievement
award from the American Society of Cinematographers in 1994, and was to be
honored later this year with a similar award from the National Board of Review.
Born in Tahiti, where he later owned an island, he was the son of James Norman
Hall, co-author of Mutiny on the Bounty. After graduating from USC, he joined
with two friends to form a production company called Canyon Films. He began
working steadily on camera crews as an assistant and camera operator in the
early 1960s. He received his first cinematographer credit on a mainstream
Hollywood feature with 1965’s Wild Seed. He then amassed a string of credits,
including Morituri, Cool Hand Luke, In Cold Blood, Butch Cassidy and the
Sundance Kid and Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here. After he served as the director
of photography on 1976’s Marathon Man, he left cinematography to try his
hand at screenwriting. He returned to camera work with the 1987 thriller
Black Widow. Within a year, he had another Oscar nomination, for Tequila
Sunrise. He was nominated for the cinematography Oscar a total of nine times.
He completed his last film in 2002. Road to Perdition was his final film.
He is survived by his second wife, Susan, son Conrad Jr., daughters Kate
and Naia, and a sister.
M. Schoenfeld ’50, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Jan. 11, at the age of 78.
He was head of architecture, planning and engineering for the Los Angeles
International Airport from 1970 until 1994. In the late 1970s and early 1980s,
he helped create what was billed as the “New LAX.” Among the construction
projects he oversaw were the Tom Bradley International Terminal, domestic
Terminal 1, the airport’s upper level of the roadway loop to passenger terminals,
four new parking structures and several cargo terminals. His work earned
him the Distinguished Community Service Achievement Award from the Institute
for the Advancement of Engineering in 1989. He served as an Army Air Forces
pilot during World War II before attending USC. After teaching at USC for
a few years, he joined the architectural and engineering firm Charles Luckman
Associates. At Luckman, he directed planning for 12 major U.S. Air Force
and Navy facilities in Spain, several airline terminals at LAX, and sports
arenas, hotels and shopping centers across the country. When he joined what
is now Los Angeles World Airports in 1970, he had become a vice president
and general manager at Luckman.
Nielsen MEd ’51, EdD ’55, of Alturas, Calif.; Oct. 29, 2002, at the age of
85. He was former superintendent of the South San Francisco Unified School
District and a professor of educational administration at USC, teaching in
the master’s program in Germany, Holland, Japan and Korea. He also served
as superintendent of the Modoc County Schools and vice president of Fresno
City College, and he taught at San Francisco and Fresno State universities
and Long Beach City College.
Audet ’52, of Los Angeles; Dec. 18, 2002, at the age of 81. He was on the
USC football and track teams in the 1940s, lettering at tackle for the 1943
Trojan football team that won the 1944 Rose Bowl. He also lettered in track
in 1944 and 1945 and won the shot-put titles at the U.S. Championships in
1940, 1943 and 1944. He was selected in the second round of the 1944 NFL
draft by the Washington Redskins, playing with the team in 1945. He also
played for the Los Angeles Dons from 1946 through 1948 and the Calgary Stampede
in 1950. He graduated from USC after serving in the Marines. He then joined
the Los Angeles County Probation Department, serving there from 1953 to 1983.
He is survived by wife DeDe and brother Ernest.
Crenna ’52, of Encino, Calif.; Jan. 17, of pancreatic cancer, at the age
of 76. He was an actor who gained fame on TV comedies and made a successful
transition to drama both on television and in movies. He began his six-decade
career in the late 1930s as Walter Denton on Eve Arden’s “Our Miss Brooks,”
when the popular radio series moved to TV in 1952. In 1957, he graduated
to an adult role as Luke on “The Real McCoys.” He made the break from comedy
to drama in 1964 as the star of “Slattery’s People,” a weekly series in which
he played an idealistic, reform-minded state legislator. The show led to
a high-profile role as the gunboat captain in director Robert Wise’s 1966
epic drama The Sand Pebbles. In the 1980s, he played critically acclaimed
supporting roles in Body Heat and The Flamingo Kid. In 1985, he received
an Emmy as outstanding actor in a limited series or special for The Rape
of Richard Beck. He played another cop in the 1985 TV movie Doubletake and
in six sequels. Opposite Sylvester Stallone, he also appeared in three of
the most profitable big-screen action movies of the 1980s: First Blood, Rambo:
First Blood Part II and Rambo III. Over the years, he made several short-lived
returns to television sitcoms and carved out a successful side career as
a television director. He was also a producer, forming his own company to
co-produce “Slattery’s People” and other shows. In recent years, he appeared
as Tyne Daly’s love interest on the CBS drama “Judging Amy.” At the time
of his death, he was a member of the Screen Actors Guild board of directors.
He is survived by Penni, his wife of 47 years; son Richard; daughters Seana
and Maria; and three granddaughters.
E. Fried ’52, of Naples, Fla.; Jan. 15. He is survived by wife Susan, children
David, Leesa, Jessica, Shari and Stacey, and grandchildren Brittany, Zachary,
Mirabelle, Danielle, Dylan and Isabelle.
C. Hensman ’52, of Pasadena, Calif.; Dec. 9, 2002, at the age of 78. He was
an architect whose award-winning designs helped further the development and
influence of the modernist style in Southern California. In 1943 he joined
the U.S. Navy, becoming a parachute rigger in the New Hebrides. After receiving
an honorable discharge in February 1946, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill
by attending Los Angeles City College. He soon transferred to USC, where
he became president of the Scarab Society, a national honorary architectural
fraternity. While at USC, he met Conrad Buff III, commencing a working partnership
that lasted until Buff’s death in 1988. Before graduating from USC, both
men began their professional careers by designing more than 600 tract and
model homes near Long Beach for Brittain Development. In decades-long collaboration
with Buff and, later, Calvin C. Straub and others, he created hundreds of
contemporary homes. Among them were two of the legendary Case Study Program
houses, No. 20 and No. 28. He was strongly identified with what was termed
“the Pasadena School” – a generation of architects, many associated with
USC’s School of Architecture, who combined an interest in new technology
and experimental solutions with a sensitivity to the Southern California
landscape and the history of modernism. Eventually he was named an assistant
professor within USC’s design curriculum and was chairman of the joint USC/American
Institute of Architects education committee. After retiring in 1998, he continued
to design and build homes on a smaller scale. A new book chronicling his
and Buff’s work will be published by the USC Architectural Guild Press later
this year. He is survived by nephews Brad, Chris, Mike and Mark and nieces
Betsy and Melinda. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Donald
C. Hensman Publication Fund, USC School of Architecture, Watt Hall, Rm. 204,
Los Angeles, CA 90089.
C. “Mac” McIntyre ’52, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Oct. 5, 2002, of prostrate cancer,
at the age of 80. He attended USC after serving with the U.S. Marines for
eight years in the Pacific, seeing action on Iwo Jima. He started his own
accounting practice in 1956, and in 1962 he became the COO of Dragon Engineering,
at the time a pioneer in the nuclear utilities industry. He retired in 1985.
His first wife, Juanita, died in 1992. He is survived by second wife Mary,
daughter Kathleen ’72, sons Brian and Terry, one granddaughter, three stepchildren
and one stepgrandson.
“Hal” Charnofsky ’53, MS ’58, PhD ’69, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Dec. 21,
2002, of pancreatic cancer, at the age of 71. While at USC, he played shortstop
for Trojan baseball and was on the All-American team in 1952. He was later
signed to a professional contract by the New York Yankees and played for
several clubs in their minor league system, including Binghamton, N.Y., Modesto,
Calif., and Greensboro, N.C. He served as player-manager at Modesto and Greensboro
and was voted Manager of the Year in 1959 at Modesto. While playing professional
baseball, he also continued his academic career, earning a master’s degree
in secondary education at USC. From 1961 to 1966, he was an assistant baseball
coach for Rod Dedeaux at USC. After completing his coursework for a Ph.D.
in 1966, he joined the faculty at Cal State Dominguez Hills, where he was
one of the founders of the sociology department. He wrote a dissertation
titled “The Major League Baseball Player: a Sociological Study.” While at
Dominguez Hills, he also coordinated the master’s degree program in marriage,
family and child counseling from 1980 to 2002. He received the school’s Outstanding
Teacher Award in 1990 and the Outstanding Professor Award from the Cal State
University Foundation in 1992. He retired in 2002. He is survived by wife
Michele, children Eric, Michael and Tessa, brother Stanley, sisters Beatrice,
Charlotte and Leonore, stepchildren Scott, Stephanie and Deborah, a grandson,
two stepgranddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. Donations in his
name can be made to the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Degree Program
at Cal State Dominguez Hills, the TreePeople or the Carson Child Guidance
A. Blake MD ’54A, of Pasadena, Calif.; July 20, 2002, at the age of 76. He
attended Occidental College for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Naval
Air Corps during WWII. He later graduated from Stanford University before
attending the USC School of Medicine. He interned at Los Angeles County Hospital,
did his surgical residency at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan and completed
his urology residency at Los Angeles County Hospital. He practiced urology
in Pasadena and was a member of the staff of Huntington Memorial Hospital
until his death. He served as chief of urology at Huntington and as co-chairman
of the urology section at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. He also served
as chief of USCII urology staff from 1966 to 1998 and was a professor emeritus
of urology at the USC School of Medicine. He was a member of numerous societies,
including the California Medical Association and the American Urology Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Nancy. He is survived
by wife Barbara, daughter Barbie ’85, son Courtland and grandsons Court and
Aidan. In his memory, the family has established the Courtland A. Blake Memorial
Scholarship Fund at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
R. Heebner MS ’55, of McLean, Va.; Jan. 3, of cancer, at the age of 75. He
was an electrical and systems engineer and former Defense Department official
who was board vice chairman of Science Applications International Corp. He
came to the Washington area and joined the Pentagon in 1968, serving as deputy
director of defense research and engineering until retiring and joining SAIC
in 1975. He directed the company’s Washington operations until retiring again
in 1993. Over the years, he was chairman of the Naval Research Advisory Committee
and the naval studies board of the National Academy of Sciences. He also
was president of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems and vice chairman
of the Defense Science Board. He was a recipient of the secretary of defense’s
Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the department’s Superior Public Service
and Fubini awards. He served with the Navy in the Pacific during World War
II and was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict. A graduate
of the Newark (N.J.) College of Engineering, he received a master’s in electrical
engineering from USC. Before going to Washington, he worked for Hughes Aircraft.
He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is survived
by wife Lynn, son Rick, daughters Karen, Kim and Kathey, and eight grandchildren.
P. Streicher ’58, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Oct. 17, 2002, at the age of 75. He
served in the U.S. Marines from 1949 until 1952. He taught as an elementary
school speech therapist, later opening his own private practice in clinical
speech therapy in Southern California. In 2000, he co-wrote The Pebble in
the Shoe, chronicling his 40 years as a speech therapist and his development
of a “thumb vaccine” therapy that helps sufferers identify the causes of
and cure many speech and dental problems. He worked with other speech therapists,
dentists, psychologists, school officials and others. He retired in 1988
and moved to Flagstaff in 1995. He was a member of the Marine Corp League
and San Francisco de Asis Parish, and volunteered at the local soup kitchen.
He is survived by wife Rosalie, sons James, Greg and Chris, daughters Annette
and Jennifer, sister Jeanette and 10 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations
be made to any soup kitchen or to the Marine Corp League Toys For Tots program.
Patrick H. Porcarello ’59, of Prescot, Ariz.; Oct. 18, 2002, at the age of 66.
Ziegler ’61, of Alexandria, Va.; Feb. 10, of a heart attack, at the age of
63. He was the press secretary to President Richard Nixon and remained a
loyalist even as the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters
snowballed into the Watergate scandal. In an e-book published last year on
Salon.com, he was one of four people identified by John Dean as potentially
having been the infamous leak “Deep Throat,” though he denied it. In 1978,
he told an audience at Gonzaga University that he was one of the Watergate
victims because he “was not told what the facts were.” He was one of the
few senior White House officials to avoid criminal indictment. He always
remained loyal to Nixon – even when Nixon publicly shoved him at a Veterans
of Foreign Wars convention in New Orleans. He attended Xavier University
in Cincinnati, Ohio, on a football scholarship, then transferred to USC,
where he majored in marketing and was active in the Young Republicans. During
Nixon’s 1962 run for governor of California, he became a protege of H.R.
Haldeman, Nixon’s future chief of staff. He went to work for Haldeman after
Nixon lost that race, then followed Haldeman into the Nixon presidential
campaign in 1968. In 1969, at the age of 29, he became the youngest press
secretary in history. After the White House, he worked for a number of companies;
he was president of the National Association of Truck Stop Operators and
most recently was chief executive of the National Association of Chain Drug
Stores, from which he retired in 1998. He is survived by wife Nancy, mother
Ruby and daughters Cindy and Laurie.
Judson ’62, of Glendale, Calif.; Jan. 5, of a heart attack, at the age of
61. He was a fourth-generation stained-glass maker whose family-owned business,
Judson Studios, created decorative windows for cathedrals, casinos and shopping
malls. He took over the family business in 1975 in a direct succession that
began in 1897 with his great grandfather, William Lees Judson, who was also
the USC art school’s first dean. During his time as president, Walter Judson
helped design stained-glass windows for commercial structures, such as the
South Coast Plaza shopping mall in Costa Mesa, Calif., as well as ecclesiastical
buildings, including Valley Beth Shalom synagogue in Encino. He also expanded
the company’s range to include vestments, mosaics, candles and holders, among
other religious furnishings. Last year, the newly opened Cathedral of Our
Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles installed a glass panel etched with angels
that had been made by Judson Studios. He is survived by his wife, two sons,
a daughter, eight grandchildren, a brother and a sister. Contributions in
his name can be made to the
Walter Judson Memorial Fund, Holy Redeemer Church, 2411 Montrose Ave., Montrose, CA 91020.
JoAnn “Jody” Zidback ’62, of Imperial Beach, Calif.; Jan. 26, of cancer, at the age of 68.
Silverman ’63, of Los Angeles; Nov. 17, 2002, at the age of 62. He graduated
from USC with a degree in accounting and had a CPA practice in West Hollywood
for 26 years. He was a dedicated fan of USC football and almost never missed
a home game.
Daniel Schaeffer MS ’64, PhD ’69, of Hidden Hills, Calif.; Dec. 13, 2002,
of melanoma, at the age of 63. He was an associate professor in the USC School
of Dentistry. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Wichita State University in
1961 and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a master’s degree in biological
sciences at USC. His research focused on the effects of stress on the adrenal
glands and, while working as a teaching assistant, he became part of a team
that studied the hormonal control of metabolism. The team published seminal
research articles on the subject. After receiving his Ph.D. in biological
sciences from USC, he did his postdoctoral research at the University of
Washington on the relationship of insulin and glucagon. His work contributed
to the discovery of “proglucagon,” a hormone produced by the pancreas that
is thought to be a key to understanding the cause of diabetes. He returned
to USC to teach in 1970. He assumed many leadership roles during his long
USC career. He was chairman of the physiology department in the 1970s and
head of that section from 1988 to 1991. He helped develop the dentistry school’s
integrated basic and clinical science curriculum and was its coordinator
from 1995 to 2001. He also was involved with the USC Faculty Senate and the
Dental Faculty Assembly. He had a dental practice in Northridge and was a
member of the staff at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and Childrens Hospital
Los Angeles. He became chair of the Northridge hospital’s dental department
in 1998. He is survived by wife Christine, daughters Elizabeth and Julie
and sons Sean and Patrick.
Meredith Burke MA ’71, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Dec. 11, 2002, of an apparent
suicide, at the age of 55. She was a demographer and writer who argued for
immigration reform as a chief means of battling overpopulation. A native
of Los Angeles, she had a master’s degree and a doctorate in demographics
from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in economics from USC.
A senior writing fellow for the Santa Barbara-based Californians for Population
Stabilization, she campaigned to limit immigration through commentaries published
in major newspapers. Unafraid of riling fellow Democrats with her strong
views, she used her skills as a demographer to argue that U.S. immigration
policy was the main cause of steep rises in California’s population and a
root cause of environmental degradation. She was also interested in women’s
rights and public health issues. She co-authored a book on prenatal testing
and founded Lariam Action USA, an information service for users of the anti-malaria
Patricia Schwalm ’71, MS ’76, of Shabbona,
Ill.; Nov. 29, 2002, at the age of 53. After attending USC, she received
her doctorate in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago in 1981.
While at USC she did oceanographic research aboard the boat Valero; her later
research focused on tropical frogs and how they use infrared coloration for
camouflaging themselves for protection from predators. She went on several
field expeditions to Central and South America. In more recent years, she
was the proprietor of the Vast Vaseland, specializing in American art pottery,
and she was also active in the Garden Clubs of Illinois and other environmental
organizations. She also was an active horsewoman, competing in endurance
races and horse shows with her two Morgan horses. She is survived by husband
Peter, children Margaret and Patrick, parents Betty and Walter, brother Walter
Jr. ’67 and sister Peggy.
A. Piston ’75, MPA ’77, of Redondo Beach, Calif.; Oct. 28, 2002, at the age
of 49. For 23 years he was director of public affairs and government relations
for the Los Angeles County Medical Association. In his position, he developed
working relationships between physicians and elected officials to improve
healthcare in California. He also served as principal of Horton Consulting,
a firm specializing in public affairs and government relations. He served
as commissioner of the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission and chair
of the Redondo Beach Planning Commission. He was a member of the board of
governors of Goodwill Industries of Southern California and served as director
of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Paralysis
Project and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. He was past president of
the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the International
Visitors Council of L.A. and a member of the Mayor’s Council of Sister Cities.
He also served as chairman of the L.A. Consular Corps Invitational Sponsor
Committee. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Claudia; twin sons Matthew
and Tyler; mother Amy; mother-in-law Gloria; sisters-in-law Jennifer and
Robin; and brother-in-law Bob. Memorial gifts may be made to a college trust
fund for his sons at Alliance Bank, 100 Corporate Pointe #110, Culver City,
CA 90230, made payable to Claudia Piston, trustee.
A. Erkel ’76, of Roseville, Calif.; Oct. 19, 2002, after a long illness,
at the age of 80. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology
and went on to do graduate work at USC. He served as a naval officer during
World War II. He was president and founder of Erkel/Greenfield Associates
Inc., a structural engineering firm that for the last 50 years designed many
significant buildings in Southern California. He served on several professional
engineering boards and was active in alumni groups for both Cal Tech and
as a longtime member of the Associates at USC. He was an avid chess player,
engaging in numerous games nationally and internationally. He is survived
by wife Rosemary, son Albert Jr., daughter-in-law Donna, daughter Bonnie,
son-in-law Joseph and five grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Cal
Tech Associates Scholarship Fund.
Kates ’76, of Baltimore, Md.; Jan. 18, of lymphoma, at the age of 59. He
was a cellist who, at the age of 23, placed third in the 1966 Tchaikovsky
International Competition and later made solo appearances with major orchestras
around the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A professor of
cello at Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory of Music for 28 years, he had
intended to retire and launch a graduate school for cellists in Monterey
before becoming ill. The son of David Kates, who played the viola with the
New York Philharmonic for 43 years, he grew up in a family of musicians,
including two uncles and his grandfather, all of whom played cello. He studied
with cellist Gregor Piatigorsky at USC. While studying with Piatigorsky,
he won the silver medal at the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. Also while
at USC, he played chamber music with violinist Jascha Heifetz. After he left
California, he studied at Juilliard, where he received his degree with honors.
He played in the Los Angeles area many times, including a 1965 performance
with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He is survived by
wife Mary, father David and brother Michael.
Lynn (Messer) Dutton ’89, of Riverside, Calif.; Oct. 17, 2002, at the age
of 35. She taught elementary school in Burbank and Redlands. While at USC,
she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. She received a master’s degree in education
from Pepperdine University in 1992. She was a member of the Junior League
of Riverside and the Riverside Art Museum Avant Garde. She was also a member
of All Saints Episcopal Church in Riverside. She is survived by husband Charles,
daughters Casey and Riley, father Richard and grandmother Laura.
Galton ’96, MBA ’00, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Dec. 23, 2002, of pancreatic
cancer, at the age of 33. He graduated in 1987 from La Canada High School,
where he was a swimmer and water polo player and received All-Rio Hondo League
recognition. While at USC, he studied communications and was a member of
Sigma Chi fraternity. He was an avid outdoorsman and athlete, participating
in several triathlons and running in the Los Angeles Marathon. Prior to his
illness, he was a senior consultant for KPMG Consulting, now known as BearingPoint.
In August 2001, he married Shelby Schlifkin. He is survived by wife Shelby,
parents Stephen and Grace, brothers Brad and Jeremy, sister Elisabeth, father-
and mother-in-law Robert and Lynda, and brother- and sister-in-law Justin
and Alli. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sierra Club or
E. Eskey, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Oct. 19, 2002, of a heart attack, at
the age of 69. He was a professor of educational policy, planning and administration
in the USC Rossier School of Education. An expert on the administration of
multilingual and multicultural programs, he worked at USC in various positions
since the mid-1970s, including as director of the USC American Language Institute.
At the time of his death, he was director of the USC Rossier School’s master
of science program for the teaching of English as a second language. He served
as a consultant on second-language teaching for the Educational Testing Service
and other organizations and was a national consultant for the National Association
for Foreign Student Affairs. He also taught at Carnegie-Mellon University
and the University of Pittsburgh, and abroad at the American Institute of
Languages in Baghdad, Iraq, the American University of Beirut in Lebanon
and the Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. He earned his bachelor’s
in English from Pennsylvania State University, his master’s in English from
Columbia University, and a second master’s in linguistics and a Ph.D. in
English from the University of Pittsburgh. He is survived by wife Eleanor,
children Megan, Jennifer and Katherine, stepchildren Kim and Robert, and
Feifel, of Los Angeles; Jan. 18, at the age of 87. He was a psychologist
whose work broke the taboo on discussions of death and dying and made them
legitimate subjects for scholarly and scientific study. He became known as
the founder of modern death psychology after editing a volume of essays titled
The Meaning of Death, published in 1959. It became a classic in the field,
earning wide attention with contributions from such eminent thinkers as psychiatrist
Carl Jung, theologian Paul Tillich and philosopher Herbert Marcuse. The American
Psychological Foundation, in awarding Feifel its 2001 Gold Medal for Life
Achievement, hailed The Meaning of Death as “the most important single work”
to galvanize the scholarly community into studying dying, death and bereavement.
He majored in psychology at City College of New York, then continued his
studies at Columbia University, where he began to focus on adult development
and maturity. He earned his master’s degree from Columbia in 1939 and began
work on his doctorate. His studies were interrupted when he joined the Army
Air Corps in 1942. As an aviation psychologist, he helped select flight crews
for combat missions. After his discharge in 1946, he continued to work as
a research psychologist for the Office of the Adjutant General. At the same
time, he resumed work on his doctoral degree, which he earned from Columbia
in 1948. In 1956, he organized and chaired the first symposium of psychologists
on the subject of death and dying, which spurred him to gather the articles
that formed The Meaning of Death. A decade after The Meaning of Death was
published, the book became a popular success. He taught at Brooklyn College,
American University in Washington, D.C., and the Menninger School of Psychiatry
in Topeka, Kan., before moving to California in 1954 to begin a three-decade
career at the Veterans Administration Mental Hygiene Clinic in Los Angeles.
He was named chief psychologist for the VA outpatient clinic in 1960, a position
he held until 1992. He also taught at UCLA and USC. He later edited and contributed
to New Meanings of Death, published in 1977. He is survived by sister Thelma,
niece Laurie, nephew Robert, and four grandnieces and grandnephews.
"Eli" Glogow, of Culver City, Calif.; Sept. 12, 2002, at the age of 78. He
was emeritus professor of public administration and a longtime USC administrator.
He served as an associate professor in the USC School of Public Administration
from 1968 to 1989 (now part of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development)
and director of graduate programs in health administration from 1969 to 1975.
He also served as chair of the retired faculty and staff benefits committee
for the past 10 years. In his tenure at USC, he received numerous awards
for teaching excellence and outstanding service, and he was published in
more than 25 professional and academic publications. He received his B.S.
in public health from UCLA in 1949, a master’s in public health from UC Berkeley
in 1951 and a doctorate in health education and medical care organization
from UCLA in 1968. He began his career in 1949 in public health in Oakland.
Later, he was a field representative for the Los Angeles County TB Association
and then a public health educator for the Los Angeles City Health Department.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Christine AB ’70, MPA ’78, a former
associate dean in the Information Services Division of USC Libraries until
her retirement in 2001; father-in-law Thomas DDS ’44; son Steve; daughter
Nancy ’76; son-in-law Gary ’77; sister Eve; nephew Robert ’63; granddaughter
Kaley; grandniece Amanda ’95; and grandnephew Michael ’98. The family asks
friends to consider memorial gifts to the Eli Glogow Fellowship in Health
Care Administration (Attn: Constance Rodgers, USC School of Policy, Planning,
and Development, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626); the Keck School of Medicine
of USC (c/o John Brodhead, 137 Ambulatory Health Center, HSC, Los Angeles,
CA 90089-9232); or to an organization of their choice.
James Grold, of Santa Monica, Calif.; Jan. 24, of cancer, at the age of 70.
He was an influential psychiatrist who aided hostages in local incidents,
testified in high-profile court cases and created an innovative mental health
referral network. He was frequently asked by lawyers to help select sympathetic
jurors or to testify about the mental health of clients involved in civil
and criminal trials. The news media often sought his comments on events that
had a traumatic effect on the community. In 1979, he established the Mental
Health Referral Service of Southern California in West Los Angeles to help
people find competent mental-health professionals. He remained on the group’s
board and provided his services until his retirement. He earned his bachelor’s
and medical degrees at Stanford University and took his psychiatric training
as a fellow at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan. As a captain in the
Army, he established a mental hygiene clinic for the 3rd Armored Division
in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition to his private practice, which he maintained
for four decades, he worked as medical director successively at the Resthaven
Psychiatric Hospital and the Westwood Psychiatric Hospital and taught at
USC and the Southern California Psychoanalytic Society. He also volunteered
his mental health services at the Venice Family Clinic. He is survived by
his wife of 44 years, Janis; sons Kevin and Eric; daughter Katherine; sister
Joan; and one granddaughter. Donations may be made to the American Cancer
J. Lockhart, of Harbor City, Calif.; Dec. 12, 2002, of complications from
heart disease and diabetes, at the age of 86. He was a professor emeritus
of chemical engineering and former chair of the USC School of Engineering’s
chemical engineering department. He was a member of the USC faculty from
1946 to 1987 and chaired the department of chemical engineering from 1956
to 1969. He was responsible for the engineering and technology training of
the nation’s first air pollution control officers at the USC Air Pollution
Control Institute between 1965 and 1972. He worked with the public administration
and engineering schools and the USC Allan Hancock Foundation to create the
institute. From 1954 to 1973, he was a member of the Southern California
Advisory Committee to Selective Service System on Scientific, Engineering
and Specialized Personnel. In 1968, he received the Distinguished
Award from the USC School of Engineering and the Engineering Alumni Association
for his anti-pollution activities and his work with the Selective Service
advisory committee. As a consultant to a UNESCO project in the mid-1970s,
he assisted in the upgrade of graduate chemical engineering courses at three
universities in Venezuela. He was named a fellow of the American Institute
of Chemical Engineering in 1978 and received an Excellence in Teaching Award
from the USC Associates in 1980. His research interests focused on the design
process of chemical plants, including the strategy of design and the interface
between the engineer and computerized air-pollution controls. Before coming
to USC, he worked as a chemical engineer at Humble Oil and Refining Co.,
Union Oil Co. and Fluor Corp. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees
in chemical engineering from the University of Texas and his Ph.D. in chemical
engineering from the University of Michigan. He was a registered professional
engineer in California, serving as a consultant to a number of oil companies
and engineering contractors. He is survived by daughter Sandra, grandchildren
Erin, Karen, Steven, Pamela and Cheryl, and nine great-grandchildren. The
USC School of Engineering Office of Financial Aid will establish an endowed
account in his name. Donations in his name may be made to the Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.
Read McCarthy, of Glendale, Calif.; Feb. 8, after a fall in his home, at
the age of 80. He left college to join the Army during World War II and served
as a staff sergeant in the Philippines. Following the war, he returned to
UCLA and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He earned his master’s
degree in education and a doctorate in education while operating a nursery
and kindergarten school that his mother started in 1937. He taught at USC
as an adjunct assistant professor and wrote a textbook on learning, evaluation
and development, which has been used for many years at the college level.
He is survived by cousins in Pennsylvania.
W. Meloan, of Lake Forest, Calif.; Nov. 4, 2002, of respiratory complications
from cancer, at the age of 83. He was a former interim dean and professor
of marketing at the USC Marshall School of Business. He served in the U.S.
Merchant Marines during World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in
business from St. Louis University, his master’s from Washington University
and his doctorate from Indiana University. A full-time member of the USC
faculty for 32 years, he came to the university as professor and head of
the department of marketing and served as interim dean of the business school
from 1969 to 1972. He later served as associate vice president for academic
administration and research. He resumed teaching and research in 1981 and
remained at the USC Marshall School until his retirement. In retirement,
he was an active member of the USC Emeriti Center. In 1997, he was designated
Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Marketing.