E. BOYD THOMPSON DDS and PHILLIP TENNIS DDS ’32 were co-chairmen of the 68th consecutive annual reunion of the School of Dentistry’s 1931 graduating class at Bel-Air Country Club on May 22. Twelve Trojans remain from the class, which holds the all-university record for annual reunions. They keep in touch.

The nautical addition to the Marina del Rey County Library has been named the Lloyd Taber Marina del Rel Library in honor of LLOYD W. TABER, long-time developer in the Marina. When completed, the 2,500-square-foot addition will house a collection of marine information already obtained by the library and will provide space for accumulation of source materials for the boating public.

EMERY STOOPS EdD ’43, former professor of educational administration and supervision at USC and author of numerous books and magazine articles, is the author of The Homesteaders (Dorrance Publishing). After his years as a professor, he retired to a second career in financial services. Stoops and his wife, Joyce King Stoops, professor of teacher education at USC, have given several million dollars to USC’s Rossier School of Education. In 1966, the couple endowed the Emery Stoops and Joyce King-Stoops Dean’s Chair in the school, currently held by Dean Guilbert C. Hentschke.

Kamp Kanakuk, the flagship of eight Christian, sports-oriented camps near Branson, Mo., founded by C.G. “SPIKE” WHITE MA, received the national Freedom Works Award from U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

GORDON B. SEVERANCE LLB, PhD ’49, recently served as executive producer of Candle in the Dark, a feature film about the life of William Carey – humanitarian, journalist and educator who brought the first printing press to India and founded India’s first university. The film received the Gold Award from Worldfest Houston film festival earlier this year. A former professor of business and business law, Severance is currently president and director of Intercontinental Western Inc., an import-export business, and secretary and director of Uretek USA, a nationwide highway construction company. He lives in Spring, Texas, with his wife, Diana, who is adjunct professor of history at LeTourneau University. They have seven grandchildren.

PATRICIA (COOK) BENNETT and Rev. RICHARD M. BENNETT ’49 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 26 with a cruise through the Panama Canal, a gift of their five children. The couple met on campus following Richard’s World War II service in the U.S. Naval Air Corps. Richard was editor of the Trojan Owl. Living in retirement in Carpinteria, Calif., they continue to operate their nearby beach house as a church retreat center called Seascape.

OTTIS CASTLEBERRY MA, professor emeritus of speech communication at Cal State Long Beach, was elected president of the Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association for 1999-2000.

CHARLES McMURRAY MBA received a PhD in political science from Wayne State University in Michigan. A retired attorney from Dearborn, Mich., the 82-year-old McMurray has earned five other college degrees.

BETTY BARSAM BRANT has retired from teaching to a life of fishing and boating on Lay Lake, Ala. Her 44-year career included teaching a year in the territory of Hawaii, 18 years in California and 25 years in Alabama.

J.B. CROWELL is the founding chairman and chief executive officer of the recently opened Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Sub & PriVest Bank, with its niche of private banking with trust powers. He was previously with Eldorado Bank for 25 years as chairman and chief executive officer. Crowell is a USC Associate, life member of the Alumni Association, and a member of the Orange County USC Advisory Board. His sons, David ’82 and John ’85, are also lifetime USC Alumni Association members.

JOSEPH R. CERRELL met with Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, president of the Republic of Italy, in Cerrell’s capacity as president of the National Italian American Foundation. Held in Rome’s Quirinal Palace (Italy’s White House) last June, the meeting was designed to strengthen cultural and economic ties between Italian authorities and the foundation. Cerrell is founder, chairman and CEO of Cerrell Associates, a Los Angeles-based government affairs and public relations firm.

The SCHUTTE family – Bruce DDS, his wife, Beverly ’58, and their daughter, Jessica ’84 – own The Panacea, an inn on San Juan Island, Wash., that was recently featured in the national architecture magazine, American Bungalow. The Panacea was originally a 1907 Craftsman home built for Peter Kirk, developer of Kirkland, Wash. The Schuttes painstakingly restored it to its former splendor and the inn is now a registered historic bungalow. All members of the Trojan family are welcome at The Panacea and will receive a 10 percent discount.

DANN V. ANGELOFF MBA ’63 was appointed to the board of directors of Top Jobs on the Net, an international Web service (topjobs.net) for job seekers. He is president of the Angeloff Co., a Los Angeles-based corporate financial advisory firm, and a counselor to USC President Steven B. Sample and a former trustee of the university.

JOHN J. GOBBELL has published his third novel, A Code for Tomorrow (St. Martin’s Press), now available in all bookstores. A sequel to his second novel, The Last Lieutenant, it’s a World War II piece about the naval battles for Guadacanal in the Solomon Islands. Gobbell and his wife, Janine ’60, live in Newport Beach, Calif.

ROBERT LAVENBERG MS ’64, PhD ’74, retired after 37 years with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, mostly recently in the position of deputy director of research.

Pianist ADRIAN RUIZ MM ’64 recorded the first and third concertos of Rachmaninov in live performances. He is former chairman of the keyboard music studies department at USC, but now devotes full time to his concert and recording career.

DONALD E. SCHMIEDEL MA, PhD ’67, has been named Emeritus Professor of Spanish upon his retirement from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, after 34 years on the faculty of the 20,000-student campus. He served several terms as chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and was chair of commencement for the last 13 years.

DIXIE BAUGH ALLEN has been appointed Washington, D.C., representative for William Doyle Galleries, an auctioneer and appraiser of fine arts, jewelry and antiques located in New York City. She is listed in Who’s Who of International Entrepreneurs and lives in Georgetown.

FREDRICK J. GAYLORD, CEO of MCG Architecture, has merged that company with Architects Pacifica Limited in APL’s Irvine, Calif., office. MCG provides a worldwide clientele with a full scope of architectural, urban planning and interior design services.

JANET LINCOLN CARRINGTON BALE MS teaches first grade in the Paradise Valley School District in Phoenix, Ariz.

CAROLYN INGRAM MEd ’70 is the co-author of The Not-So-Scary Cancer Book: Two Sisters’ Guide from Discovery to Recovery (Impact Publishers). She is a psychologist with a psychotherapy practice in Marin County, Calif. Her co-author and sister, Leslie Ingram Gebhart, is CEO of Trinehart Publishers in Palm Springs, Calif. Within a year and a half of each other, they were diagnosed with breast cancer; their book combines their different responses, shared experiences and desire to help others.

ROBERT E. LUTZ was appointed the inaugural Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law for 1999-2000 at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He joined Southwestern in 1978 and specializes in international and environmental law.

JOHN WILLIAMS, USC men’s water polo coach who led the Trojans to their first-ever NCAA championship in 1998, stepped down after 26 years in charge of the team. He will remain, however, as the program’s coach emeritus and will be involved in annual fund-raising and long-range development. From 1966 to 1968 he played the sport at USC and was a two-time All-American. In addition to his career in water polo, Williams is a certified public accountant and is the founder and managing partner of Williams & Ribb LLP, a CPA firm with offices in Los Angeles and Long Beach. He and his wife, Jeanne, reside in Long Beach with their three children.

JONATHAN NWOMONOH MPA, MS ’73, professor in the Department of Pan African Studies at Cal State LA, was the recipient of three awards recently: Claremont Graduate University’s 1997-98 Distin-guished Service Award; a Certificate of Commendation from the City of Los Angeles for his contributions to the Summer Institute and Camp and Igbo Language and Cultural Program; and a letter of commendation from Governor Gray Davis for his work with young people in Southern California.

CHARLES RICHARDSON MS received the Embry-Riddle Aero-nautical University, College of Aviation’s highest award, the “Pioneer of Aviation Education” trophy and medallion, in recognition of the study of aviation science at E-RAU and in the United States. He is credited with the design of the master of aeronautical science program at Florida University after retiring from a career as a Master Aviator in the U.S. Army.

LEE KANON was unanimously elected president of the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Building and Safety Commission. An Encino, Calif., attorney, he has served on the commission for more than three years.

JACK L. CONKLIN PhD of the Gamma Mu Chapter at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is the recipient of the 1999 Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award from Pi Lambda Theta.

JAMES M. BENSON MBA received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I. He is chairman, president and CEO of New England Financial, an insurance and financial services firm.

CARLA HARDING MESA received certification as a Middle School Generalist by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Presently at Hancock Park Elementary School, Mesa is one of the first 47 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District to become certified.

FRANKLIN J. TAYLOR MBA ’75, principal of the insurance planning and design firm Taylor & Associates in Los Angeles, has been selected the 54th president of the National Agent’s Association for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. He founded Taylor & Associates in 1984 and is a past president of the Los Angeles County Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

KEN UDE MPR ’76, MBA ’80, has been named CEO of the Jim Russell Racing Driving School in Sonoma, Calif., and president of Bell Racing. Russell Racing conducts a variety of racecar driving courses as well as highway safety programs. Bell is a leading manufacturer of auto racing helmets. Ude and his wife, Cathy, live in San Marino, Calif.


PETER KIEFER MPA attended the American Bar Association’s National Conference on Public Trust & Confidence in the American Judiciary last May in Washing-ton, D.C. Conference speakers included U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Conner and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Kiefer is manager of the Court Program Services Unit of the California Administrative Office of the Courts in San Francisco.

KATHERINE YOST PhD ’80 has been elected to serve as president of the New Jersey Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She thanks John DeBross and the Trojan debate squad for helping “to make me what I am today.”

PAULA A. DANIELS, a partner in the Los Angeles firm of Kudo & Daniels LLP, has been appointed to the California Coastal Commission. She is a long-time member of the board of Heal the Bay, which focuses on protecting coastal waters in the Los Angeles area. A past president of the Korean Youth Community Center, Daniels is the first Korean American to serve as a commissioner.

GERALDINE KNATZ MS, PhD ’79, was promoted to the newly created position of managing director of development by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. The port’s engineering, properties and planning directors will report to her. Knatz eaches in the Department of Civil Engineering at USC.

GERALD S. PAPAZIAN was among 20 Henry Crown Fellows for 1999 selected by the Aspen Institute, an organization that honors executives under the age of 45 who have already amassed a record of professional success, leadership ability and community involvement. Papazian is president and CEO of Aura Systems Inc., a developer and supplier of revolutionary patented products and
technologies in El Segundo, Calif. He is an amateur USC historian, former president of the USC Alumni Association and a former member of the USC Board of Trustees.

JEFF CHASE MBA ’79 was named director of finance by E-TEK Dynamics in San Jose, Calif., in January 1998 and recently helped take the company public. He was previously with 3Com in a variety of treasury and audit management positions.

Partners in Crime, a feature film written by BRETT LEWIS and directed by USC cinema instructor Jennifer Warren, wrapped shooting in Salt Lake City, Utah, last March. The movie stars Rutger Hauer and Paulina Porizkova and has been picked up for distribution by Artisan Releasing. Lewis and his wife, Charlotte, live in Denver, Colo.

DIANE BIRNIE BOCK operates Community Cousins in Encinitas, Calif., a local homegrown non-profit group that provides opportunities for families of different races to become “Cousins – to get to genuinely know and care about each other and to develop a personal stake in each other’s lives.” The organization was spotlighted as one of 10 grass roots projects featured in the opening ceremony of the Family Reunion Conference, moderated by Al and Tipper Gore in Nashville, Tenn., last June.

ETTIE ROSENBERG KAUFMAN PharmD received her JD degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, graduating the school’s SCALE (Southwestern’s Conceptual Approach to Legal Education) program, an intensive 2-year course of study.

MICKAEL KORVIN lives and writes in France, where his third novel, New Age Romance, was adapted as a one-man play for the theater and premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in August. The company is planning on bringing the production to Los Angeles.

MELANIE REAL completed her Certified Flight Instructor – Rotocraft/Helicopter rating and is employed as a helicopter pilot and flight instructor at Alexair Helicopters in Torrance, Calif. She was also the recipient of the Whirly Girls (International Women Helicopter Pilots) scholarship for a Bell Helicopter turbine transition project at the Bell Helicopter Factory School in Dallas, Texas.

ANDREW M.S. SMITH joined Rittenhouse Paper Company as western regional sales manager. He resides with his wife, ANN SMITH ’79, and their two sons in Westlake Village, Calif.

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