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Retiree Spotlights

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Anthony D. Lazzaro Lazzaro, who first joined the University’s administration in 1948 after he graduated from USC, served as the foremost administrator in monumental projects such as the University’s involvement in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the construction of two-thirds of USC’s current buildings, and the creation of the University’s Health Sciences Campus.
Bill Crookston Dr. Bill Crookston, Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship, Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Southern California
Bryan R. Simms Bryan R. Simms is Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the University of Southern California.
Carl Q. Christol Following his retirement from USC in 1987, Carl Q. Christol recommenced the full-time practice of law specializing in Wills, Trusts, Estates, and employment issues for university faculties and their administrations.
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.
Curren W. Warf Dr. Curren W. Warf retired from the Division of Adolescent Medicine Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to take a position as Head of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.
Daniel Lewis Daniel Lewis (USC Music faculty 1970-1995)
Deborah Hazzard-Bowers Deborah Hazzard-Bowers’ first association with USC was as an AT&T employee installing the 5ESS telephone switch titled “The Big Switch” back in the late 80s. She joined SC in 1993 as part of the Telecommunications Team.
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.
Dr. Nancy Warner At USC, Dr. Warner distinguished herself as a surgical pathologist specializing in endocrine pathology, publishing her work in scientific journals and in a textbook that received wide acclaim as state of the art for many years. She was a gifted and celebrated teacher of medical students, residents, and fellows and received numerous awards for teaching at local and national levels.
Elizabeth Redmon Since retiring, Betty has concentrated on building her art career under her maiden name, “Daron.” Her work and art bio can be viewed at She has also taken on the daunting task of digitizing and preserving extensive genealogy records collected by her father of over 18,000 “cousins.” Betty is an active member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State Fullerton, the USC Staff Retirement Association, and the Yorba Linda Community Center.
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”.
Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Dr. Deborah MacInnis Spotlight
Frances Lomas Feldman Professor Frances Lomas Feldman joined the USC faculty as a full-time faculty member at the School of Social Work in 1954 where she remained until her retirement in 1982.
George Bekey Although he was ready to retire from the university after 40 years as a full-time faculty member, Dr. George Bekey continues to be active in his community and in his profession.
Gil Siegel Since retirement, Dr. Siegel kept himself busy with various volunteer activities both on the USC campus and off. Volunteer USC activities have included: Chair, USC Retired Faculty/Staff Benefits Committee; member, Board of Directors of the Retired Faculty Association; former Chair of that group and former editor of its newsletter and ex-officio member of the USC Benefits Advisory Committee (representing the Emeriti Center).
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.
Hal W. Hendrick After retiring from USC in 1996, Hal Hendrick spent 10 years operating a private consulting firm in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Human Factors and Ergonomics.
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.
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.
Irene Fertik Worked for the USC News Service/USC Public Relations as the staff photographer for the faculty/staff weekly, USC Chronicle, from 1987 to 2002. I
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.
Joe Titone Joe Titone lives in Vancouver, Washington, which is just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. His hobbies include walking, classical music (especially opera), and computers.
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.
John E. Wills, Jr. John E. Wills, Jr, “Jack” (deceased January 13, 2017) to all his friends and colleagues, was Professor Emeritus of History at USC. He continues scholarly activity, with two important edited volumes published since retirement, and scholarly papers given from Barbados to Tuebingen to Athens to Hong Kong.
John Odell John Odell moved to USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations in 1982 and retired in 2013.
Joy Garrison Cauffman Dr. Joy Garrison Cauffman served three U.S. presidents: Consultant, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Council on Physical Fitness; Consultant, John F. Kennedy’s Council on Physical Fitness; and Member, Richard M. Nixon’s Committee on Health Education.
Karen Koblitz Karen Koblitz is an Associate Professor Emerita, who was first hired as adjunct faculty in ceramics in the USC Roski School of Fine Arts in January 1995.
Kendall L. Simmonds Kendall Simmonds is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Marshall School of Business Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award. He has served as Director of the Marshall Undergraduate Honors Program and is currently the Director of the Leventhal School Summer Leadership Program (SLP).
Leonard R. Wines The 2015 J. Tillman Hall Staff Award for Service to USC is presented to Leonard R. (Len) Wines posthumously for outstanding service to the University of Southern California after retirement.
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?”
Louise Ball Louise Ball retired from USC and went on to run her own business managing non-profit medical associations dedicated to advancing continuing medical education for physicians.
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.
Michael H. Halloran After 31 years in various positions at USC, Mike retired in 1997 as Associate Vice President for Government Affairs.
Mike Klineman Mike Klineman was employed in the Marshall of Business for 19 years (1978-1997), mostly as an Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs after being hired as Director of Student Affairs. During much of that time, he was responsible for orientation programs (both on-campus and out of state), advisement, scholarships, and the registration of over 3000 students taking business courses.
Mitzi M. Tsujimoto The J. Tillman Hall Staff Award for Service to USC is presented to Mitzi M. Tsujimoto posthumously who we sadly lost in January 2012.
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.
Robert A. Stallings Robert A. Stallings (Professor Emeritus of Policy, Planning, and Development) joined the USC faculty in 1975 as a member of what was then the School of Public Administration.
Robert B. Kaplan Robert B. Kaplan is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Southern California. He was the founding editor of the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics and has served as an editor of the applied linguistics entries for both the first and second editions of the International Encyclopedia of Linguistics.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Tranquada Dr. Robert Tranquada came to USC in 1959 as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Fellow in Endocrinology and Diabetes at the School of Medicine working his way up to the position of Medical Director of the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center and Associate Dean where he remained from 1969 to 1976.
Ron Violette Ron Violette worked at the Southern California Safety Institute in Torrance, CA, for four years after retiring from USC.
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.
Sue Vogl Sue Vogl was the Director of University Publications for the Division of Student Affairs, where she directed a team that handled many forms of communication
The Stan Brakhage Project by Professor Emeritus David E. James
Tom Ryan Tom Ryan was a professor of accounting at USC Marshall and USC Leventhal between 2011 and 2021 after retiring from the PricewaterhouseCoopers partnership. During retirement, he hopes to focus in on his interests including research on investments reflecting “bubble type” market behavior such as meme stocks and cryptocurrencies.
Victor Marshand Webb Retired in 2014 from a career as a Producer and Stage Manager/Associate Director/Director (DGA) for KCBS 2 / KCAL 9 News in Los Angeles
Virginia James Tufte Virginia Tufte, Distinguished Emerita Professor of English, retired from USC in 1989.
William L. Givens Awardee William L. (Bill) Givens retired from the Gould School of Law in 2012. While at USC, Bill worked in Continuing Education and supervised all classes for the Law School’s adjunct professors. Additionally, he worked with Prof. Lefcoe’s Real Estate Classes editing three textbook editions for him. He is the author of six film-related books and is a licensed pilot