Mitzi Tsujimoto

Mitzi Tsujimoto (deceased Jan. 23, 2012) began her service at the Emeriti Center in 1997, as the Associate Director Staff Liaison and Volunteer Coordinator, after retiring from the School of Pharmacy.  She volunteered for the Center for 15 years until December 2011, serving as the Associate Director for Administration. She was a valued member of the Emeriti Center’s Executive Committee, served on the board of the Staff Retirement Association, and also volunteered for AROHE (Association of Retirement Associations in Higher Education) a non-profit closely affiliated with the Emeriti Center.

For 21 years, Mitzi was the Director of Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Affairs at the School of Pharmacy.  Prior to this, she began her career at USC in the University’s Financial Aid and Admission Office.  In addition to her volunteer service to the Emeriti Center, she was an active volunteer at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center on the Health Sciences Campus.  She has served as the President of the Norris Hospital Auxiliary from 2002-2004, whose mission is to help enhance the lives of patients and their families.  She was one of the first coordinators of the H. Dale Hilton Living History Video Tape project, and she was active in the original steering committee of the National Retirement Organizations in Higher Education, presently known as AROHE.

Mitzi was married to Richard, a very supportive husband and USC alumnus, who passed away in 2004.  Together they raised three children who are all USC graduates.  Trude, her eldest child, is currently working as a corporate attorney; Curt is working as an anesthesiologist; and Tammy is the Vice President of Administration and Human Resources for an entertainment company in Los Angeles.  Mitzi, the only non-USC graduate, earned her B.A. from Cal State University, at Los Angeles.

“Keep a positive attitude and count your blessings every day.  Find a place to volunteer, doing what you love most.  Develop civility toward one another, and be kind.  It doesn’t cost you any money to smile.”  Mitzi Tsujimoto, 2008