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Retiree Spotlight

Eric Trules

Professor “Eric Trules” (or just “Trules”, as he was known to students and colleagues) is a native of New York City, and he was a USC School of Dramatic Arts faculty member from 1986 – 2017. He was twice a Fulbright Scholar – in Malaysia in 2002 and Romania in 2010, and he won USC’s prestigious Phi Kappa Phi “Faculty Recognition Award” in 1999 for his feature-length autobiographical documentary film, “The Poet and the Con”.

Madeleine “June” Griffin

As an experienced USC administrator, she helped the Emeriti Center launch Trojan Encore with Carole Gustin and was one of the very first Trojan Encore employees working for the Viterbi School of Engineering, Student affairs. She will be truly missed. (June passed away February 2019).

Marcel Nimni

Dr. Marcel Nimni, a dedicated educator and researcher over the course of his 54-year USC faculty career, had consistent grant support and published prolifically-more than 200 papers, several books and over 20 book chapters.

Joel Schechter

Dr. Joel E. Schechter is recognized with a USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to medical education and to students at all levels. He received an MA in Medical Illustration from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in Anatomy from UCLA.

Donna Simmons

Dr. Donna Simmons has served the USC retiree community since her retirement as a Neuroscience research associate in 2009. She is open and welcoming to everyone: staff, faculty, retirees, students, and the community. Widely liked and respected, Donna is a natural USC Ambassador.

Harriet Servis

The 2018 J. Tillman Staff Award for Service to USC is presented to Harriet Servis for outstanding service to USC since her retirement in 2000. This award has special meaning for Harriet, as she worked for seven years with J. Tillman Hall when he was the Director of the Emeriti Center.

Robert E. Coffey

Robert E. Coffey, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, retired from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 1998 after 35 years of service. He remained an independent consultant until 2001. During his USC career he was an early director of the Entrepreneur Program, Director of the M.B.A. Program, and served twice as department chair.

Leslie Wilbur

Recently I authored a book titled Destination USC via Luck, Pluck, and the GI Bill. It was based on a series of my stories published in Hawaii after I had retired from the faculty of the USC School of Education. I transmitted a copy to Dr. Janette Brown, Assistant Vice Provost of the USC Emeriti Center. After reading it, she invited me to establish a website, with her assistance. I asked myself, “At the age of ninety-three, what use would I have for a website?”

Henry B. Clark II

Since his retirement in 1994, Henry Clark was been able to explore his interest in writing fiction and actually wrote several novels, one of which has been published, Trophy Boy. Not only did he spend hours upon hours writing, he also became something of a front-line political activist, mainly in a small organization called The Alliance for Democracy, founded by Ronnie Dugger in 1996.

Steb Chandor

Since retirement, Steb has remained an active member of the medical staff at the USC University Hospital and Norris Medical Center, performing consultative duty. He also continues to teach medical students and pathology residents at USC.

Gordon Cohn

Joined the University in 1961 as a member of the writing staff in what was then called University Planning, now University Advancement. Later served as fund-raiser for the medical school, head of fund-raising and public relations for the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy, public relations director for the College of Continuing Education, and finally, as director of public relations for the Kenneth Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital. Retired in 1992.

Robert P. Biller

Dr. Robert P. Biller (Professor Emeritus, School of Policy, Planning, and Development) came to USC in 1976 as the Dean of Public Administration. He went on to serve in several other positions including Vice President for External Affairs, Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs, and Executive Vice Provost.

Robert Penny

Robert Penny, M.D., is a USC Keck School of Medicine Emeritus Professor. He came to the USC Health Science Campus (USC-HSC) in 1971 as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and on the USC-HSC he was, respectively, director of the Pediatric Endocrine and Diabetic Clinics, the Pediatric Endocrine Research Laboratory, and the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology.

Carole W. Gustin

While Carole was no longer paid to work at USC, her love and commitment to the Trojan Family kept her quite busy. She became Program Chair of the USC Staff Retirement Association in 2003, and in 2005 she became the SRA President, a position which she held until 2009.

Janet E. Eddy

The J. Tillman Hall Staff Award for Service to USC is presented to Janet E. Eddy. Janet’s work history at USC spans an impressive 25 years, and she dedicated the last 10 years of her career as the Director of Disability Services and Programs.

Robert R. Scales

Professor Emeritus Robert R. Scales, Ph.D. is a fellow of USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) and has held full-time positions in consulting and/or technical production and lighting design at professional theatre organizations including Theatre Projects Consultants, McCallum Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Stratford Festival Theatre of Canada, and Guthrie Theatre.

Paul Christopher

As University Archivist, Professor Christopher made successive contributions, in particular, to publications and exhibits marking USC’s Centennial in 1980, Doheny Memorial Library’s Semi-Centennial in 1982, the Los Angeles Olympiad in 1984, as well as his personal design for the enlarged archival facility housed in the East Library after 1986 that henceforth was honored with deposits of inactive, permanent records from the President’s Office.