Philip J. Schlessinger EdD was honored as Los Angeles City College’s “Outstanding Humanitarian for 2001” by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for his 51-year career as professor of political science at LACC. Presenting him with an honorary plaque was Supervisor Michel Antonovich, one of his many former students now and in the past holding prominent posts in government and business. Schlessinger’s career has spanned 63 years of teaching in higher education, beginning in 1939 at the University of Minnesota, where he taught with the late Hubert Humphrey, former United States senator and vice president.

Bob Breitbard MEd was named the San Diego Rotary Club’s Mr. San Diego 2001. The native San Diegan was selected because of his record of more than 50 years of dedication to making San Diego a major league sports community and supporting high school, college, amateur and professional sports through the Breitbard Athletic Foundation, established in 1946. Breitbard was longtime president of California Linen Supply.

Virginia Olson Davies was honored as one of the “visionaries-founders” of the Prentice School for dyslexic children in Orange County. The school serves more than 220 students from several countries. Davies’ father, Emery E. Olson ’16, founded the USC School of Public Administration (now the School of Policy, Planning, and Development) and was its dean for 25 years. Davies and her husband, Ray, have been married for 51 years and reside in Moraga, Calif.

Christian Deming Peterson has lived in Honolulu for the past 46 years. Listed in Prominent People of Hawaii, she is outgoing president of the Diamond Head Branch of American Association of University Women, president of Wiki Kala Investment Mui and president of the Kahala Branch of the Outdoor Circle, an environmental group. Her husband died last year. Peterson has a property management business and finds time to go on several cruises a year. She “would love to hear from or have visits by classmates” and can be reached at (808) 395-5580.

William A. Feathers has expanded his executive search firm to include real estate, construction and design (architects and commercial interior) firms. He is a member of the Half Century Trojans.

Yoshio C. Nakamura MFA Pis an artist whose paintings and graphics were exhibited last September at the Wild Wind Fine Art Gallery in Idyllwild, Calif. Represented in the Joseph Hirshhorn Museum of the Smithsonian and in more than 150 other public and private collections, Nakamura included his recent stencilgraphic monotypes – inspired by Tent Rocks, a new national monument, in New Mexico – in the Wild Wind show.

Pat Lowery Collins has published her second novel for young adults, Just Imagine, by Houghton Mifflin & Co. Set on both coasts during the Great Depression, the historical work includes a close look at the early days of the movie industry. It follows on the heels of the critically acclaimed Signs & Wonders, also a Houghton Mifflin book, and her chapbook of poems for adults, The Quiet Woman Wakes Up Shouting. Known for her many picture books as well, Collins is currently at work on both text and illustrations for Schooner, a book to be released in 2002 that will document the building of a wooden fishing schooner.

Russell P. Beale MSW
has retired form his clinical practice but is still active as an organizational consultant and executive coach, based in Cloverdale, Calif. He is the author of the recently published Executive Coaching from Locker Room to Boardroom, which presents key principles, models and philosophies that establish executive coaching as a unique form of business leadership.

Jon Arnett, former All-American halfback at USC, was elected into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame. He is the 23rd Trojan player in the hall. Arnett was voted the top player on the West Coast in 1955 and 1956 and won All-Conference honors both seasons. He still ranks in the Top 15 on USC’s career rushing list, with 1,898 yards. A first-round draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in 1957, he played seven seasons with the Rams and another three with the Chicago Bears. Arnett was inducted into USC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.

Ronald Berg MBA has been a guest teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, in addition to college teaching assignments. In the past year and a half, he has taught at 12 high schools and 11 middle schools. A recent assignment took him to Foshay Learning Center, one of USC’s Family of Five Schools. Berg graduated from Foshay in 1951.

Carl R. Terzian, received the Inaugural Empowerment Award of Break the Cycle for his “unwavering commitment and support of the organization’s strategic mission to empower youth to end domestic violence.” Break the Cycle educates and provides legal advice to youth about domestic violence. Terzian is a public relations consultant in Los Angeles. He has been recognized for civic, philanthropic and leadership activities by Congress and Her Majesty the Queen of England, among many others.

Clarence Hiura, PharmD was appointed as a member of the California State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Gray Davis. Currently vice president and part-time pharmacist at K.C. Pharmacies in Los Angeles, he has practiced pharmacy for more than 42 years. Hiura is the president of the California Pharmacy Association Board Inc. and vice president of the United Pharmacist Association. He was a clinical associate professor in the USC School of Pharmacy and is on the board of directors for QSAD, a fund development organization for the school. He is also a lifetime member of the USC Alumni Association.

J.R. “Mike” Navarro has been elected to the board of directors of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles. He is CEO of J.R. Navarro & Associates Inc., a Los Angeles-based advertising and marketing company.

Robert Tarlton has been appointed Community Affairs manager for the Ford Motor Company Premier Automotive Group (PAG) North American Headquarters in Irvine, Calif. PAG includes Lincoln, Jaquar, Volvo, Land Rover and Aston Martin. Tarlton and his wife, Lisa, live in Dove Canyon.

Gordon McSchean MS of Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand, is completing his third autobiography. His first was Operation NZ (1970) – published in the United States in 1976 as Bum Ticker – about his experience with heart surgery. His second, Running a Massage Parlor (1977), was about fighting censorship. The new book, Scot Free, is about McShean’s lifelong involvement in the Scottish Nationalist cause.

Anand R. Bhatia MBA, DBA ’75, retired as emeritus professor of the California State University System after 32 years of service, but still teaches 50 percent time as an adjunct professor. He was on the faculty of Cal State Sacramento from 1969 to 1972 and of Cal State San Bernardino from 1972 to 2001. Bhatia was the director of Graduate Studies in the School of Business and Public Administration at the San Bernardino campus from 1984 to 1988.

Ann Shaw MSW received the W. June Simmons Distinguished Alumna Award from the USC School of Social Work, which is given to an alumna of the school who is nationally recognized in the field of social work. For nearly 50 years, Shaw has been active in the civic life of Los Angeles. A former university professor and social worker, she was the first African-American woman to serve on the California Commission on Judicial Performance. Shaw currently serves on the boards of California Hospital Center Foundation, Cathedral Center Corporation of the Episcopal Church, YWC World Service Council, and Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation, as well as being a trustee emeritus of the University of Redlands. The mother of four children, she is the widow of the late Leslie N. Shaw, Sr., former Postmaster of Los Angeles and executive at Great Western Financial Corp.

June Simmons MSW ’70, for whom the award Shaw received is named, was presented by the Zonta Club of Pasadena with its highest honor, the Woman of Achievement Award, for her successful leadership in forging collaborative relationships with healthcare, social service, public policy and educational institutions and agencies. She is president and CEO of Partners in Care Foundation. The Zonta Club is an organization of business and professional women who provide community service to women and girls.

Irene Y. Hirano MPA ’73 was elected a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Troy, Mich., created by the personal gifts of Sebastian S. Kresge and which awards challenge grants to institutions operating in the areas of higher education, health and long-term care, arts and humanities, human services, science and the environment, and public affairs. Hirano is executive director and president of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, the only museum in the United States expressly dedicated to sharing the story of Americans of Japanese ancestry.

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