Michael Richard Stein ’77 and Teresita Piper

Margot Jenson ’89 and Ron Neufeld MBA ’96

Tara Christine Polacik ’93 and Scott Spencer Sorenson ’94, MBA ’00

Terri R. Pickens ’94 and Matthew J. Yost

Inna M. Lyubarsky ’95 and Robert J. Fox

Shellie Saiki ’95 and Mike Tabayoyong ’96

Ryan John Bache ’96 and Jamie Lize Hernandez

Clarisso Remigio ’96 and Brian J. Williams

Ryan Alexander Hartshorn ’97, DPT ’01, and Nicole Candace Lima ’98

Angela Link ’97 and Ricardo Garcia

Walter Ladwig III ’98 and Jennifer Mull ’99.


Charles William Howard ’73, MBA ’75, and Kris Welty Howard, a daughter, Katelyn Elizabeth.

Phyllis (Dembowski) Chrisman ’78 and James Chrisman, a son, James Patrick. He joins sister Claire Elizabeth, 5, and is the nephew of the late Patricia (Dembowski) Pilger MS ’73, and John Pilger PhD ’76, Nancy (Dembowski) Drexel ’71 and Scott Drexel ’71

Victor G. Currie ’82 and Erica Watson-Currie ’97, MA ’99, a son, Nicholas Charles. He is the grandson of George H. Watson DDS ’65 and grand-nephew of the late Robert E. Redmon DDS ’66

Cathy (Niese) Briskorn ’83 and Mike Briskorn, a daughter, Isabella Catherine. She joins brothers Ben, 7, and Bram, 4. She is the niece of Chris Pace ’78, Nancy (Niese) Pace ’80, David Niese ’83 and Linda (Niese) Whitford ’87

Daina Petronis Kasputis ’84, MBA ’95, and Virgilius Kasputis, a daughter, Julia Elena. She joins sister Nina Gabriela

Charles Smith ’84, MPl ’90, and Scarlett (Yamada) Smith ’84, a daughter, Victoria Mariko. She joins sisters Alyssa, 5, and Samantha, 3

John Raymond Yuen ’84, PharmD ’88, and Lindy Yuen PharmD ’95, a son, Bradley Evan. He joins his 2-year-old brother, Matthew Hunter

Thomas Abrell ’85, MBA ’92, and Diane (Bedrosian) Abrell ’85, MD ’89, a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth. She joins her sister, Christine, 3. She is the granddaughter of Richard Bedrosian ’60 and Helene (Lyons) Bedrosian ’56; the grandniece of Charles Lyons ’50, LLB ’53, and Edmund Bedrosian ’59, MBA ’68; and has many USC cousins

Stephanie (Strauss) Annan ’85 and Mark Annan, a daughter, Bailey Elizabeth. She joins her brother Brian

Robert W. Thompson ’85 and Melinda Thompson, a daughter, Paige Constance. She joins her brothers Grant, 6, Cole, 4, and Bryce, 2. She is the granddaughter of A.J. (Joe) Thompson ’57 and niece of Thomas A. Weller ’83

Michelle (Foxx) Winschel ’85 and Eric Winschel, a daughter, Katharine Eleanor Rose (Kate). She joins her sister Alix, 3. They are the nieces of Lorez Foxx ’95

Monica (Hall) Capalia PharmD ’86 and Mark A. Capalia, a daughter, Margaret Anna.

Bobby Archuleta ’88 and Laura Archuleta, a son, Blake

Brigida Momand DDS ’88 and Muke Abdelnaby MBA ’95, a son, Noah Abdelnaby

Adriana Mora ’89 and Roy F. Lam ’00, a son, Gabriel. He joins his brother Francis, 6, and sister, Isabella, 3

Maureen (Spinner) Wauters PharmD ’90 and Mike Wauters, a son, Sean Karl. He joins brother Matthew, 4. He is the grandson of Karl Spinner PharmD ’64

Bernhard R. Wagener ’90 and Julie (Wedertz) Wagener ’91, a daughter, Hailey Brianne. She joins her brother Nicholas, 2

Bridget (Finney) Higley ’91 and David Owen Higley ’91, a daughter, Bronwen Anne

Christine Kralovansky Wahl ’91 and William (B.J.) Wahl ’93, and daughter, Georgia Isabella. She joins siblings Austin, 6, Madison, 4, and Tristan

Kristi (Horgan) Link ’92 and Chris Link, a son, Carter Leland. He joins his brother Charlie, 2, and is the grandson of Kathi Morris Horgan ’62 and the great- grandson of the late Charles Morris ’32

Jason Lennon ’92 and Marni (Chaplin) Lennon, a son, Jared

Nancy (Abbott) Tupy ’92 and Joseph Tupy MBA ’93, a daughter, Katherine Grace. She joins her sister Madeline, 1

Marisa (Jara) Lopez ’94 and Dave Lopez ’95, a daughter, Sabrina Maria

Susan Kay Deemer ’95 and Allen Joseph Schaben, a son, Evan Allen Schaben

Patricia (Hernandez) Duran ’95 and Bryan Duran, a daughter, Maya Liliana. She joins her brother Daniel, 2. She is the niece of Sergio Hernandez ’97

Nomar R. Oytas ’95 and Maria C. Oytas ’97, a daughter, Megan Grace Campana

Victor Mehia ’99 and Karen Fuller Mehia, a son, Kameron Troy. He is the grandson of Winston C. Fuller ’64 and nephew of Betsey Fuller Hays ’88

Michael Kroll MBA ’01 and Mary Jane Kroll, a son, Ryan Murphy. He is the grandson of Steve Kroll ’68, MBA ’69.


Rachel Coleman Duell ’25, of Los Angeles; June 3, at the age of 100. She was co-founder of a firm that specialized in designing theme parks, including Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. A native of Chappel, Neb., she moved to Long Beach in her teens and attended USC. There she met her husband, the late MGM art director and architect Randall Duell. In the 1950s, the couple founded R. Duell and Associates (later Duell Enterprises) with Randall as architect and Rachel as business manager. After assisting with parks in Boston and New York, the firm took on its first solo project – Six Flags Over Texas, which established the Duell office as the premier creator of historic theme parks. Among the firm’s other parks are Magic Mountain, the original Universal Studios Tour and the now-defunct Lion Country Safari in Irvine and MGM Theme Park in Las Vegas. Farther afield, the Duells updated Hershey Park in Hershey, Pa., and created Opryland-USA in Nashville, Astroworld in Houston and parks in France, Belgium and Brazil.

Jane Maas Dunbar ’26, of Stockton, Calif.; May 5, at the age of 95. She was born in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of a mining engineer. The family moved to Santa Monica, Calif., in 1910, and later to Westwood, where Dunbar lived most of her school years. She attended Mills College in Oakland, Calif., for one year, then talked her father into letting her go to USC, “where the boys were.” She was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and graduated with a degree in sociology. She married William Henry Kruger Dunbar, a petroleum engineer, in 1927. They lived in Rio Vista, Calif., for 54 years, before moving to Stockton in 1991. She will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother, a world traveler and an avid bridge player. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993. She is survived by her two sons and spouses, William and Betty Dunbar of Englewood, Fla., and Walter and Marilynn Dunbar of Bakersfield, Calif., six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Donations in her memory may be given to Hospice of San Joaquin, 2609 E. Hammer Lane, Stockton, CA 95210.

Barbara Bishop Searle ’26, of Pasadena, Calif.; March 24, at the age of 96. After earning her bachelor’s degree in education at USC, she moved to Maricopa and taught elementary school in the Maricopa Unified School District for 43 years. Upon retirement, she returned to live in Pasadena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence.

Martha Benson Backman ’27, of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Jan. 16, at the age of 96. Following marriage to Frank A. Backman in 1927, she enjoyed her role as wife, homemaker and mother. She traveled all over the world and enjoyed playing bridge, attending church and spending time with her family members and many friends. Her husband, who had a successful career in civil engineering, received an honorary degree in the field from USC in 1954. He passed away in 1955. Survivors include their daughter, Betty Backman Worrell ’48, son Frank William Backman ’50, and their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren.

Cecil O. Garton ’27, DDS ’33, of Los Angeles; Oct. 11, 2000, at the age of 91. While at USC, he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He practiced dentistry for 40 years in Inglewood, Calif., but found time to serve on the Centinela Valley High School Board of Trustees, the Parks and Recreation and the Board of Education. He was a past president of Rotary Club. With several business acquaintances, including the late congressman Glenn M. Anderson, Garton founded Hawthorne Savings and Loan in 1950. An avid fan of Trojan athletics, he treasured his Coliseum season tickets on countless fall afternoons. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Lois, two daughters, Marilyn Garton Amato ’60 and Elizabeth Metz, a son, John Garton ’73, seven grandchildren, including Lori Duston ’94, Cynthia Rich ’88 and Tamara Garton ’00, and nine great- grandchildren.

Albert Toy Quon ’28, of Los Angeles; July 26, at the age of 100. He was the founder of Quon-Quon, a national export-import company specializing in fine Chinese art objects and giftwares. Born in Canton, China, he moved to the Unites States with his father while a teenager and completed his high school studies in San Diego, Calif. While at USC, Quon majored in business administration with a minor in law. He was an outstanding student; he also served as president of the Cosmopolitan Club and the Sigma Pi Alpha business fraternity and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor fraternity, and Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society. He met his first wife, Lily (Ho) Quon ’28, at USC,
and they married shortly after graduation. Quon established his company in Peking in 1929, then moved his headquarters to Los Angeles in 1937. His achievements in business and real estate development brought recognition from the Los Angeles community: He was the first Asian to be admitted to the Los Angeles Rotary Club (#5) and the first Asian to serve on the Board of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. He retired in 1976. A devoted alumnus of USC, Quon established endowed scholarships for international students from the Pacific Rim in 1953, and he received the USC Alumni Award for Business Excellence in 1975. In 1985, the Albert T. Quon University and Community Service Awards were established at the USC Marshall School of Business; they honor selected students for their academic achievements as well as their outstanding university and community contributions. A bronze bust in Albert Quon’s likeness is displayed in Bridge Hall on the University Park Campus. Quon was preceded in death by his second wife, Lily Chou, who died in 1999.

Glenn Charles Ferguson ’29, of Bakersfield, Calif.; June 16, at the age of 95. Born in a Kansas farmhouse, he moved with his family to Pomona, Calif., in 1911. After completing his degree in geology at USC, he worked for Pacific Western Oil Company doing sedimentary and paleontological studies and subsurface correlations, then joined Union Oil Company and was transferred to Bakersfield in 1935. In 1944, he formed the partnership of Ferguson and Bosworth with his high school friend, Irwin Bosworth. The partnership made its first big strike in 1950 with the discovery of the McDonald Anticline field in western Kern County. The success of that discovery led to further exploration efforts in California, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Michigan, Ohio, Louisiana and Texas. After Bosworth’s death in 1986, Ferguson continued his exploration efforts under the name of Ferguson Energy, as well as several subsidiary partnerships. He was president of the San Joaquin Valley Oil and Gas Producers Association, which later merged to become the California Independent Producers Association. The Glenn C. Ferguson Award is presented annually by CIPA to the oilman who has done the most during the year to promote the cause of the independent producer in California. He was also a member of the National Petroleum Council, as well as of the U.S. Congressional Advisory Board of the American Security Council. Wives Jane Kelley and Pauline Orrick, as well as daughter Gail Cozzens, preceded Ferguson in death. He is survived by his daughter, Lee Ann Harris, and her husband, John Harris, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Edna Hughes Wiechman ’30, of Pasadena, Calif.; May 7, 1998, at the age of 91. She worked in her father’s Los Angeles advertising business until her marriage to Harry Wiechman in 1936. In 1941, they made their home in Jackson, Calif., where she was active in social, educational and fraternal organizations. She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed golf and traveled around the world. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years in 1985. She is survived by her daughter, Gretchen Wiechman of Pasadena.

Elizabeth (Betty) Hill Smith ’33; July 1, at the age of 94. She was born in Rotterdam, Holland, and came to the United States as a child via Ellis Island, where her Dutch name became Hill. She married Lee Roy Smith in 1935. They were lifetime Cardinal and Gold members and loved USC football. Following her husband’s death in 1971, Smith continued to regularly attend games until 1999, after which she attended as her health permitted. She enjoyed the tailgate parties and then watching Traveler and the USC Marching Band arrive at the Coliseum.

Harold Zenz ’33, of Ontario, Calif.; June 19. He was employed by the County of San Bernardino for 22 years, retiring in 1958 as chief administrative officer for the county. He then became vice president and general manager for San Bernardino County of Safeco Title Insurance Co., retiring in 1975. He was active in the Ontario Community Foundation, San Antonio Hospital Board of Trustees, Ontario/Montclair School District Board of Trustees and the Upland First Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Marian, daughter, Nancy Scott, son, Brian Zenz ’61, and several grandchildren, including Douglas Zenz ’90, Bradley Zenz ’92 and Camilla Zenz ’96.

David Ziskind MA ’33, of Los Angeles; July 2, at the age of 98. He was a veteran Los Angeles labor lawyer who helped desegregate the city’s Fire Department and was active on local community relations panels following the 1965 Watts riots. Highly respected nationally in labor law and human relations, Ziskind chaired both the Employee Relations Commission of Los Angeles County and the Community Relations Conference of Southern California for many years. Ziskind held degrees in sociology from USC, in economics from Johns Hopkins University and in philosophy and law from the University of Chicago. He began practicing law in Chicago in 1925 with the office of the famed Clarence Darrow, and maintained a Los Angeles law practice until 1994. From 1934 until 1948, he was principle attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington D.C. He helped establish the department’s arbitration panel and became an arbitrator. During World War II, he was a division director of the War Production Board. The founding editor of the Comparative Labor Law Journal, he wrote widely, including the 1940 book 1,000 Strikes of Government Employees and the 1985 work Concerning Human Aspirations. Ziskind was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Goldberg, and is survived by two daughters, Ellen Z. Berg and Jane Carhart, and three grandchildren. The family has asked that, instead of flowers, any memorial contributions be made to the Friends of the United Nations, 1507 Stanford St., No. 5, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Albert Wolf DDS ’36, of Los Angeles; Dec. 29, 2000. He was the loving husband, for 61 years, of Goldie; father of Michael (Susan), Diane, Patricia (Ron); grandfather of Alexandra, Jonathan, Rachel, Hannah; and brother of Milton, Julian, Paul and the late Joseph and Shirley. He is also remembered by longtime friend Alda Vargas. He will always be remembered for his kind and gentle nature, his sense of humor and his honesty and integrity.

Frederick Richard Eley ’37, of Edmonds, Wash.; May 9, at the age of 87, following open-heart surgery. Soon after graduation, he moved to Seattle, where he was employed as an architect until his retirement in 1979. He was a partner in his own firm of Carlson, Eley, Grevstad; he also worked for the Austin Company, Pacific Architects and Engineers, and Falkin Associates on a contract basis. In 1989, he moved to Salem and lived half time in Manzanita on the Oregon coast. He became a full-time resident of Manzanita in 1997 and was active in the St. Catherine Episcopal Church. He was a member of the AIA and the Lions Club and enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling and woodworking. His wife of 50 years, Dorothy, preceded him in death in 1992. He married in 1996 and is survived by his wife Ellen, daughters Janet and Kathryn, and sister Dorothy.

Herbert E. Riley ’37, of Newport Beach, Calif.; April 9, at the age of 87. He was a prominent architect and central figure in Southern California yachting for much of the last half-century. He was a veteran of World War II, retiring as an officer. He played a key role in the early industrial growth of Orange County. He designed and built the first industrial buildings in the Warner Avenue area of Santa Ana that is now at the heart of a thriving industrial corridor. He contributed such innovative designs as the Michelson Plaza near John Wayne Airport, which won the steel industry award for its use of self-circulating water inside the metal beams of the building to prevent weakening in a fire. It was the first building in the world to use water-filled columns and beams for fire protection. His designs were also noted for a blending of contemporary design traditions of early California. In yachting, Riley won virtually every ocean race in Southern California at least once during the 1960s and ’70s. He headed a yachting family, often fielding four dinghies in weekend regattas. After winning more than 100 trophies in a single year early in the 1960s, the “sailing Rileys” were featured in a cover story by a national yachting magazine. In 1964 he was recruited as tactician of the first-ever West Coast entry Columbia in the America’s Cup Trials. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bernice, their three children, Leonard, Kathleen and David, and three grandchildren.

Lucy Ann MacLean Webster ’37, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; May 31, of congestive heart failure, at the age of 86. Born in Los Angeles, she fell in love with USC when she entered as a freshman in 1933. While on campus, she became involved in Amazons, the El Rodeo staff, Pan-Hellenic Council, the Homecoming Committee, ASUSC, the University Religious Conference and Pi Beta Phi sorority. As a senior, she was Maid of Troy and was elected vice president of the Student Body. In the 1940s, as an alumna, she served as president of Town and Gown Junior Auxiliary, helped with homecoming events and class reunions and was a member of the Junior Associates of the University Religious Conference. In the 1950s, Webster chaired the General Alumni Association’s Women’s Activity Committee, organizing dozens of teas each year to honor high school students and introduce them to life at USC. In 1958, she served on the Board of Directors of the General Alumni Association and was the recipient of the GAA Service Award. That same year, with five other women and the encouragement and direction of her friend, Arnold Eddy, she founded the Los Angeles Trojan League and became its first president. The organization has since grown to include several states and hundreds of women. During the 1960s, Webster helped begin the SCions program, a longtime dream of hers. SCions has become one of the strongest means of recruiting second- and third-generation Trojans. She also chaired the Los Angeles committee to honor USC Chancellor Rufus B. von KleinSmid. In 1987, she became vice president of the Half-Century Trojans, then served as president from 1988 to 1990. Her service to USC continued until 1999. USC was her life’s passion and she served the university with grace and dignity. She is survived by her three daughters, Nan, Judith and Vicki, 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Trojan League Scholarship Fund, in memory of Lucy Ann MacLean Webster.

Lloyd A. Fry, Jr. ’39, of Ocean Ridge, Fla.; June 29, at the age of 83. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 through 1945, attaining the rank of Major, Infantry. Fry’s father was the founder of the Lloyd A. Fry Roofing Co., a leader in the building materials industry. Fry was president of Fry Roofing from 1955 to 1977, when the company was sold to Owens Corning Fiberglas Corp. He became a Florida resident in 1977, after living in Hinsdale, Ill., for almost 30 years. He was a member of Medinah Temple and the Hinsdale Golf Club, and was director of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation of Chicago, which was established by his father in 1983 for charitable purposes. Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, Jane, a son, Lloyd III, daughters Judith and Mary Jane, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Wilfred P. Hazen MS ’42, of Pasadena, Calif. He worked at LAC+USC Medical Center for more than 36 years, most recently as area administrator in radiology. He was also secretary/treasurer of the center’s credit union for 25 years.

John W. Reeder, Jr. DDS ’42, of Pasadena, Newport Beach and Carmichael, Calif. March 29, at the age of 84. He served as Naval Dental Officer during World War II. Following the war, he practiced dentistry in Pasadena until 1980. He is a past president of the California Dental Society. His survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, Helen, his children, Margaret Reeder Burks and John W. Reeder III, and six grandchildren.

James J. Seminoff ’43, of San Clemente, Calif.; June 12, during emergency heart surgery, at the age of 78. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he developed an early love of learning and playing basketball. He lettered in varsity basketball for three years at USC. At 6 feet 2 inches, he played every position, including center, for the 1943 Ernie Holbrook Trojans, who went 23-5. The teams he played on were 4-0 over defending national champion Stanford in 1943 and 11-1 over UCLA, extending USC’s 11-year winning streak over the Bruins to 42 straight before it ended in their last of four meetings in 1943. Later that year, while in boot camp with the U.S. Marine Corps, he was named a Chicago Herald American All-Star. He served as First Lieutenant in the Marines during World War II and was selected to the All-Marine Corps basketball team. After the war, he played professional basketball for the Chicago Stags and Boston Celtics from 1946 to 1950. In 1951, Seminoff and his family moved to Whittier, Calif., where they lived for 49 years. From 1951 to 1966, he refereed college basketball games. From 1946 to 1973, he worked for Western Lead Products, Inc., which later became Quemetco, Inc. He was vice president at Quemetco before founding Semco Enterprises, Inc., a zinc alloy business, in 1973, where he served as CEO. He was a member of the Independent Zinc Alloyers; Society of Die Casting Engineers; Zinc Institute, Inc.; and National Basketball Association Retired Players Association. He was also a life member of Cardinal and Gold. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rosemary; daughter and son-in-law Virginia (Shorty) ’65 and Thomas Lorenat; son and daughter-in-law Richard and Ava Seminoff; son and daughter-in-law Thomas ’70 and Christi Seminoff; foster daughter and 10 grandchildren, including Jean Lorenat-Cutler ’95. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in James Seminoff’s name to USC’s Troy Camp at (213) 740-5404; or Mission Viejo Hospital, Acute Rehabilitation Center at (949) 364-4803.

George Callanan ’45, LLB ’49, of La Canada, Calif.; April 14, of natural causes, at the age of 76. A member of a famous USC football family, he was a halfback in the early 1940s. He scored two touchdowns against Washington in the Trojans’ 29-0 victory in the 1944 Rose Bowl game. In 1943, in a game against College of Pacific with his brothers, Howard and Jim. He threw a 26-yard scoring pass to Howard as USC won, 6-0.

Joseph Arthur Casey DDS ’45, of La Jolla, Calif.; April 12. Following graduation from the dental school, he served in the U.S. Navy and was recalled to duty during the Korean War. He finished his duties as a Navy dentist in China, where he often visited orphanages to treat the children there. After leaving the service, Casey practiced in La Jolla, Calif., and in Chula Vista, Calif., with his brother. He donated his services to indigent residents in Mexico as a member of the Flying Samaritans and to patients at Nazareth House in San Diego. He also was one of the founders of the Guadalupe Clinic in Barrio Logan, which is operated by Sisters of Charity. He is survived by his wife, Olga, daughters Maureen Viney and Colleen Casey, and a son, Michael.

Wallace James “Wally” Hood, Jr., ’48, of Glendale, Calif.; June 2001, of cardiopulmonary failure, at the age of 75. He was a champion pitcher for USC who played briefly for the New York Yankees. A native of Los Angeles, he became widely noticed in March 1948 after posting six wins for USC, defeating opponents such as UCLA, the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland reserves. Hood followed in the footsteps of his father, Wally Hood, Sr., who was a professional baseball player.

Elvin C. Hutchison MEd ’48; May 24.

John D. Soule MA ’48, PhD ’52, of Pasadena, Calif.; June 30, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, at the age of 80. He was a researcher and teacher at the USC School of Dentistry and department of biological sciences. Soule was the author or co-author of more than 100 research publications. His research fields included the evolution of dentition in lower vertebrates. Born in East Moline, Ill., he earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was a U.S. Army medical field and laboratory officer during World War II, stationed in the Philippines and Japan. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 1958 at Caltech. Soule joined the USC faculty in 1950. He held a joint appointment as a professor of biological sciences at USC and curator of the Allan Hancock Foundation, a marine research institution, from 1960 to 1991. From 1963 to 1977, he chaired the department of histology. Soule was a longtime research associate of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy, a USC professor of marine biology, daughters Patricia S. Kendrick and Susan S. Harrison, five grandchildren and a great-grandson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scynergy, the alumni organization of the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371, or to philanthropy of choice.

Donald Alford Stoy ’48, of Pasadena, Calif.; July 24, at the age of 80. Born in Arkansas, he shortly thereafter moved with his family to Fullerton, Calif., where he grew up, graduated from Fullerton Union High School and attended Fullerton Junior College. In both high school and junior college, he excelled in basketball, baseball and football, and was voted Fullerton Union High School’s most valuable player in basketball in 1939. He married Helen Holt in 1942. Following service in the U.S. Army during World War II, Stoy earned his bachelor’s degree in business from USC. He practiced public accounting for 30 years in Santa Ana, retiring only because a stroke wouldn’t allow him to work anymore. He was known for his keen mind and sense of humor, routinely observing a situation and then summarizing it with a one-liner. His recollection of people and events was also notable to all who knew him; and he was a proud and devoted Trojan. He is survived by his wife, Helen; a son, Christopher MPA ’73, PhD ’83, who is head of external relations in the USC School of Engineering; a daughter, Kathy; and three grandchildren: Josh, who attends the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Amy and Christopher.

Donald L. Evans ’49, aOmaha, Neb.; Nov. 3, 2000, at the age of 74. He spent the majority of a distinguished military career in the Strategic Air Command, retiring at the rank of Major General as one of a handful who flew combat missions in three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Decorations he received included the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. Born in Palmer, Neb., he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He flew 27 combat missions over Europe in World War II as a B-17 waist gunner. On his 27th mission, he was wounded and hospitalized until October 1945. At USC, he was a Trojan Knight and one of the founders of the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and in 1950 was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation from Officer Candidate School. Evans completed navigator training at Ellington Air Force Base, Texas, and was awarded his wings in 1952. As the director of reconnaissance during the intensive B-52 Linebacker II campaign over North Vietnam in December 1972, he was once again assigned to SAC. In 1975, he took SAC/AD, which had been recently formed out of intelligence and operations organizations, and created the largest operational computer systems organization in the U.S. Air Force. Some consider Evans’ greatest accomplishment to be the mentoring of hundreds of people serving SAC/AD who became information technology leaders in the Air Force and private industry. He is survived by his wife, Corrine; daughter, Lisa; nephew, Bradley T. Wright ’75; niece, Kathleen Wright ’79; and brother-in-law, James F. Krafka ’53. A General Donald L. Evans Memorial has been established at the SAC Museum by the Evans family and friends. Contributions can be sent to: SAC Museum, c/o Nancy Lund, P.O. Box 8343, Omaha, NE 68108.

Robert Madsen Thorgusen ’50, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; July 7. He graduated from the USC School of Architecture.

Thomas William Rosso ’52, of Carlsbad, Calif.; June 15. He served as a First Lieutenant and a pilot in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a devoted Trojan. He is survived by his children, Neil Rosso, Anne Philen, Ellen Gordon and Thomas L. Rosso, and four grandchildren.

Lois Bailey Balken ’54, of Inverness, Calif.; July 4, of cancer, at the age of 71. While at USC, she met and married Carl W. Moeller Jr., in 1952. She later entered a graduate program at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where she was an assistant instructor in the chemistry department. The couple lived in Mansfield, Conn., where they had two sons. They were divorced in 1962. Balken later married Arley Backlund, a freelance science writer. They lived in Mill Valley, Calif., and had a daughter. The family eventually settled in Genoa, Nev. During 20 years as a resident of Genoa, Balken became the town’s first woman volunteer firefighter and ultimately served as fire department president. She moved to Inverness in 1991. During her life, Balken also worked as an artist, emergency medical technician and an aide to a Nevada legislator. At the time of her death, she had completed her first year of classes at the College of Marin (Calif.) toward a Master of Fine Arts degree. She was a strong advocate for women’s rights and was active in support of community arts, agricultural land preservation and environment conservation. Until recently, she had served as president of the Coastal Health Alliance, overseeing several nonprofit public health clinics in the Marin County area. She is survived by her mother, Judith Badner; a sister, Victoria Roberts; a brother, Beckerman Balken; two sons, Niel Moeller and Eric Moeller; and a daughter, Kaitlin Backlund.

Roger A. Caras ’54, of Freeland, Md.; Feb. 18, of complications from a heart attack, at the age of 72. He was an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and advocate for animals who wrote 70 books and was president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. For 17 years, until he was named ASPCA president in 1991, Caras was a familiar figure to television audiences as an ABC News special correspondent, reporting on animals and the environment. His cinematic essays on interesting animals and their relationships to humans took viewers to all corners of the world. Caras’ love for animals began while growing up in Methuen, Mass., where his first job, in 1938, was working for 10 cents an hour cleaning stables that housed abused horses. He graduated from Huntington Preparatory School in Boston and then served in the Army at the end of World War II. A prolific author who lectured widely, Caras wrote his first book, Antarctica: Land of Frozen Time, in 1962. His last, Going for the Blue: Inside the World of Show Dogs and Dog Shows, was published in February by Warner Books. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jill, a son, a daughter, a brother and four grandchildren.

Gilbert Haworth ’55, of Glendale, Calf.; April 27, at the age of 79. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He retired from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office in 1980.

Gene Mitchell ’56, MEd ’57, Upland, Calif.; May 16. He was a Cardinal and Gold member and booster, and an avid Trojan athletics fan who traveled to many away football games.

Harvey H. Cooperman DDS ’58, of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; at the age of 75. He was a member of Alpha Omega Dental fraternity. From 1944 to 1946, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Europe. He was a practicing dentist in the San Fernando Valley, where he was active in and served as president of the San Fernando Valley Dental Society. He was also a member of the California State Board of Dental Examiners. Cooperman donated his services in rural areas in Mexico and Israel. He was a member of the Quiet Birdman Flying Club. He is survived by his companion, Becky Stoll, sons Miles and Alan, daughter Jackie, and two grandchildren.

Gary F. Krieger ’61, of San Pedro, Calif.; July 1, of complications from a brain tumor, at the age of 60. Educated at USC and the University of Chicago Medical School, Krieger practiced medicine for more than 30 years, and was an active leader in medical associations working for administrative reforms and satisfactory health care delivery. Krieger wrote a column in the American Medical Association’s weekly American Medical News for many years and was co-chairman of the AMA’s medical staff section. He was president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association in 1987-88 and headed its Board of Trustees in 1990-91.

Marvin M. Bluestein ’62; May 8, at the age of 64. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ann, children Stephen, David and Stephanie, two grandchildren, two brothers, two sisters, many nephews and nieces and numerous lifelong friends.

James R. Anthony PhD ’64, of Tucson, Ariz.; April 6. For his service during World War II, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a professor of musicology at the University of Arizona from 1952 to 1992, and received the Creative Teaching Award from the university in 1982. He served as a regional associate of the American Council of Learned Societies, a council member of the American Musicological Society and a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was an honorary life member of Phi Delta Phi. In 1973, Anthony was named an Outstanding Educator of America. He was the author of French Baroque Music from Beaujoyeulx to Rameau. Cambridge University Press honored him with a Festschrift in 1989. In 1995, he received the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Vincent P. Schumacher ’64, of Carlsbad, Calif.; after a lengthy illness, at the age of 86. Born in Illinois, he interrupted his college studies first by supporting his parents during the Depression and then service in the U.S. Army during World War II. Enlisting before being commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Schumacher completed flight training at Ft. Sill, Okla., and became an artillery liaison pilot. He saw action first in the Normandy invasion and later at the Battle of the Bulge. Before being discharged in 1945, he worked in the postwar Allied occupation of Germany. In 1946, he and his family moved to Westchester, Calif., before his recall to the service in 1950 due to the Korean Conflict. By the mid-1950s, he had settled into careers both at North American Aviation and as an Army reserve officer. He also attended night school at USC for several years, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Schumacher enjoyed building and construction, which led to his third career. In 1973, he purchased a condemned house near Los Angeles Airport, and began to renovate and then sell houses until 1981. Moving to Carlsbad, he and his wife enjoyed travel and built a home in Vista. In 1989, he returned to Normandy with his son, George, to revisit sites he had not seen since 1944. He was a passionate Trojan who maintained a strong interest in both academic and athletic successes of the university. He is survived by his wife, Sanfer, three children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Emory N. Yount MSME ’66, MSEE ’76, of Fullerton, Calif.; March 6. He was proud to be a USC alumnus. Survivors include his wife, Mary.

Lynn Bielefelt MM ’81, DMA ’89, of Los Angeles; Sept. 1, after a long battle with cancer. She joined the USC Thorton School of Music faculty in Fall 1999. An associate professor of choral and church music, she was conductor of the Thorton Concert Choir. Prior to USC, she was director of choral and vocal studies at California State University Long Beach, where she conducted the Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Forty-niner Choir, Opera Workshop and Vocal Jazz Techniques. She served as music director at First United Methodist Church, Glendale, and St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles. Bielefelt had extensive experience as an instrumental conductor, including positions as conductor of the Marymount Palos Verdes Symphony Orchestra, the CSULB Symphony and the Los Angeles Bach Cantata Ensemble, as well as guest conductor of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. She served as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for choral and instrumental ensembles throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, she was the Western Division Chair of Youth and Student Activities. Her final conducting appearance was this summer at Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.

Nii Ayikwei Tagoe JD/MBA ’99, of Hartsdale, N.Y.; April 12, from a choking incident during a visit to Ghana. He had taken the New York bar exam in February. His wife, Naa Awaa, received notification in May that he passed the exam.

John E. Elliott, of Los Angeles; July 2, of a heart attack, at the age of 69. He taught economics at USC for nearly five decades. He was an expert in political economy, comparative economic systems and the history of economic thought, and served as director of USC’s Political Economy and Public Policy Program. From 1980 to 1981, he served as president of the Faculty Senate, and from 1966 to 1967 as president of the University Senate. Before it became popular, Elliott was known for taking an interdisciplinary approach – often mixing economics with philosophy or government. He established USC’s Political Economy and Public Policy program in 1980. He received the Albert S. Raubenheimer Distinguished Faculty award for outstanding contributions to teaching, research and service. Among his many other honors was the 1992 Thomas Divine Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Social Economics from the Association for Social Economics. Elliott earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Occidental College in 1952 and a master’s degree in political science and doctorate in economics from Harvard in 1956. While earning his degrees, he was a staff member of Harvard’s Economics Research Project for two years before joining the faculty of USC in 1956. He is survived by his wife, Elda Rose, five children and three grandchildren.

Joel Harvey; Feb. 14. He was a part-time instructor in graphic arts in the School of Journalism from 1979 to 1991. He received his BA from Columbia University and his MA in Graphic Arts from the Sorbonne, Paris. Harvey received many awards during his career as an advertising production manager and a book designer. In 1999, he was honored as the recipient of the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Advertising Production Association of Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife, Marian Goldman Harvey ’46, daughters Robin and Georgia, and five grandchildren.

E.J. Safirstein, of Los Angeles; July 31, of complications following heart surgery, at the age of 39. He was external relations assistant to Dean Karen Lash of the USC Law School. Born in Hartsdale, N.Y., he earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in 1983 and a master’s degree in playwriting from the University of Washington. He moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to pursue a writing career and joined USC in 1993. His play, Waterworks, published by Samuel French Inc., won the John Cauble Short Play Award in 1988 and was performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Last season he wrote an episode (“Generations”) of the CBS-TV drama “Family Law.” Safirstein is survived by his wife, Liz Leshin, and parents and sister of New York. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the E.J. Safirstein Fund at Vassar College, Box 14, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604, or to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center pediatrics department, c/o Susan Hershowitz, Box 139, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10021.

Bernard Strehler, of Agoura, Calif.; May 13, at the age of 76. He was a retired molecular biology professor and gerontology expert who wrote the pioneering book Time, Cells and Aging. Strehler, who taught at USC from 1967 to 1990, was educated at Johns Hopkins University and spent his early career in research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Chicago and the National Institutes of Health. His research led to the discovery of luciferin, the material that contributes to the light in fireflies. He also studied the bioluminescence of green plants and then concentrated on DNA and human aging.

Milton Thomas of San Francisco; June 16, at the age of 81. He was active on the Southern California music scene and taught at USC from 1968 to 1996. The son of immigrants from Lithuania and Russia, he was born in Little Washington, Penn. He trained at the Juilliard School in New York and played in the Cleveland Orchestra under Rodzinski and Leinsdorf in the 1940s. He also toured with Stokowski’s All American Youth Orchestra. He later studied privately with cellist Pablo Casals in Prades, where he was a soloist at the Prades Festival from 1952 to 1972. Thomas participated in the Heifetz-Piatigorsky concerts in the 1960s in Los Angeles, as well as numerous Monday Evening Concerts and festivals in Ojai and Carmel. He recorded with, among others, Casals, violinist Isaac Stern and pianist Myra Hess, and played a series of concerts at the Library of Congress with contralto Maureen Forrester. Composers Ingolf Dahl, Henri Lazarof and Paul Chihara wrote music for him. He is survived by a daughter, Yumi.

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