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Class Notes Winter 2010
Fred Keenan is president of Keenaninvestment Company in Burbank, Calif.,which he established in 1963.
Dana Larson, a former missionary with the Baptist General Conference, served for 20 years in India and 18 years in Argentina. He lives in Cambridge, Minn.
Royce E. Malm MM ’54 wrote an article for Pro Musica Sana, a monthly publication by the Miklós Rózsa Society, detailing his experience as a student in Rózsa’s fi lm music class at USC. Malm is a music archivist in Lomita, Calif.
Carl R. Terzian, a public relations consultant and former president of the Los Angeles Fire Commission, was named honorary co-chair of National Philanthropy Day.
’65 Richard G. McEwen, a guitarist, banjo player and folk singer, has toured the world with his music, landing a TV show in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and appearing on the Andy Williams Show.
James F. Porter is cofounder of Altoon + Porter Architects LLP. His firm was recognized with a Best-of-the-Best design award for its work on CentralWorld, a shopping complex in Thailand.
Ronald A. Altoon co-founded Los Angeles- based Altoon + Porter Architects LLP, which beat out 94 competitors to receive a global design award from the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Thomas F. Andrews MA/PhD created Keeping History Alive, a program that gives grants to K-12 history teachers in public, private and parochial schools of Los Angeles County. He is a research historian at Azusa Pacific University.
Kashmiri Mittal PhD of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., was honored at a symposium of scientists for being the first scientific writer and editor to publish his 100th edited book. He founded the Journal of Adhesion Science & Technology in 1987.
C. Michael Bowers DDS ’75, MS ’81 published Forensic Dental Evidence, 2nd edition: An Investigator’s Handbook. He works with the Innocence Project, a nonprofit dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and criminal justice system reform.
Carmen L. Siddiqi MSW is director of House of Healing, a trauma treatment center in Santa Maria, Calif. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Board of Examiners in Social Work.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson received two awards from the Military Writers Society of America for her books A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions and She Wore Emerald Then. She is an instructor for UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Ed Poll MBA was the keynote presenter at the Lexis- Nexis CIC customer conference in Las Vegas. He also chaired the 2nd annual Midwest Law Firm Management Conference. He is a principal at LawBiz Management in Venice, Calif.
Mark A. Kroeker MS is vice president in the global security department of the Walt Disney Company. He is a retired deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and founder of the World Children’s Transplant Fund.
Roy Kahn Johnston DMA received a California Assembly Resolution from the City of Los Angeles for his 35 years of service as a performer, professor, poet and pioneer in the field of cultural integration.
David L. Fenell was appointed interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He recently retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, having served tours as a psychologist in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Leah Gasendo of Camarillo, Calif., was appointed administrative law judge for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
John Frith was named director of communications and research for the Civil Justice Association of California. Previously, he was vice president for public affairs for the California Building Industry Association.
Joseph F. Gentile MPA received an honorary Chairman Emeritus title from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for his 31 years of service as chair of the Employee Relations Commission.
Sylvana Guidotti MD ’84 is director of emergency medicine at Ventura (Calif.) County Medical Center.
Alexis Galindo, a partner at Curd, Galindo & Smith, LLP, in Long Beach, Calif., was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He practices product liability and personal injury law.
Dale M. Gin PharmD caught a potential world record halibut in Gustavus, Ala., weighing in at 466 pounds and measuring 96 inches, beating the rod-and-reel record for the state of Alaska.
Mark R. Henschke PharmD was selected as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America and will be listed in the 2010 Guide to America’s Top Physicians.
Steven Travers, a former pro baseball player and author of 16 published books, has released two books in paperback about the USC football team. He lives in Marin County, Calif.
Gary A. Green MBA was elected to the board of directors of the Risk Management Association. He is executive vice president and manager for California Bank & Trust in Tustin, Calif.
Blake Christian MBT, a Long Beach certified public accountant with Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP, won the Regional Business Rotarian of the Year award from Rotary District 5320.
Lance McCollough is founder and CEO of ProSites, a Web site design and Internet marketing firm that was recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.
Brad Pomerance received an Emmy nomination from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work as host and producer of a program about the revitalization of the Los Angeles River. This is his third nomination.
Carol (Peterson) Schillne joined Craig Realty Group in Newport 56 USC TROJAN FAMILY MAGAZINE winter 2010 Beach, Calif., as a senior leasing executive. She previously worked for 23 years as a commercial broker at CB Richard Ellis.
Ed Buclatin is a captain in the U.S. Navy, serving as director of public affairs for the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. He oversees communication programs for the headquarters and 51 partner nations in the European theatre.
Karen (McClintock) Combs MBA of Pasadena, Calif., is the managing principal and portfolio manager of LS Investment Advisors. Previously, she worked in the investment counseling group of Loomis, Sayles & Company.
Mark T. Lucas was appointed director of business affairs for the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA. He has served in health-care administration for the past 20 years.
Matthew D. Heller is a partner at Willner & Heller LLC, an investment advisory firm that was recognized as a 2011 Five Star Wealth Manager by Los Angeles magazine.
Kelly Moore launched http://www.HappilyEverAfterOrBust.com a blo,g where she writes about dating and relationship issues.
Vlad Gendelman is an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Beverly Hills and Encino, Calif.
Philip E. Graham has been appointed vice president of institutional advancement at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.
Helena Halmari MA, PhD ’94 was appointed chair of the Department of English at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Tex.
Douglas A. Solorzano was promoted to first vice president for investments for Wells Fargo Advisors, heading his own investment management group, DAS Wealth Management.
Jose Juarez MSW is a supervising deputy probation offi cer with the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
Dana C. R. Gress of Detroit released the CD Dawn of the Blu Frog with his jazz group, Chill FX.
Alma Martinez MFA, a professor of theatre at Pomona College, was the lead coordinator of an international symposium held at the National University of Mexico in Mexico City. She has been cast in the feature film Cristiada.
Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana PhD was named 2010 Woman of the Year by Hispanic Business magazine. She is the U.S. assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education and a former superintendent of the Pomona Unified School District.
Pamela Hawley MA is founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, a nonprofit that connects people who want to give and volunteer with projects and opportunities around the world. She is a guest lecturer at the USC Marshall School of Business.
Federico Mariscal was elected to the board of directors of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council of Los Angeles to represent Larchmont Village for the 2010-12 term.
Katharine Valdes of Glendale, Calif., was board certified in sports dietetics by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Michael Rosendahl MBA, an investment banker with PCE Investment Bankers, was appointed to the board of directors of the Association for Corporate Growth’s Orlando, Fla., chapter for the 2010-11 term.
Sandro Corsaro is the creator and executive producer of Kick Buttowski, an Emmy-nominated animated series for Disney XD about a boy who aspires to become the world’s greatest daredevil.
Suzie Fromer MFA is a talent outreach and public relations specialist working with Canadian musician Kyle Dine to educate people dealing with food allergies.
Noel Hacegaba MA/MPL ’01 was appointed executive officer for the Port of Long Beach. He earned his doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne.
Jonathan Horn MA is an associate staff writer at the San Diego Union-Tribune.
’00 Jarryd Gonzales, a recent MBA graduate from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, accepted a position with T-Mobile U.S.A. as west region manager of development and external affairs.
Charles H. McBride MBA was named finance director for the City of Carlsbad, Calif. He has served as a U.S. Marine attack helicopter pilot since 1991, currently holding the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Alex Grager JD ’04, an associate at Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein LLP, was named a 2010 Rising Star by Los Angeles magazine.
Allen Michael Shiry ’92 and Alison Michelle Prakin
Douglas A. Solorzano ’92 and Julianne Harrison
Joshua R. Stock ’95 and Jennifer L. Rosen ’96
David Bonaccorso ’98 and Anastasia Stamos
Victor Chu ’06 and Nicole Wong ’06
Meysam Zaker DDS ’07 and Sara Behbehani ME ’09
JoAnn Forgit Cox ’91 and Stephen G. Cox, a son, Ethan George Lenard
Nancy L. (Wong) Davis ’91 and Neil T. Davis ’92, a daughter, Charlotte Emma. She joins sister Bethany, 2. She is the granddaughter of Harry Wong PharmD ’63
Preston Sullivan ’91 and Lori Sullivan, a son, Garrett Wade. He joins brother Reid. He is the grandson of Neal Sullivan and nephew of Shane Sullivan ’93 and Chelsea Sullivan ’06
Christine Kralovansky Wahl-Dukes ’91 and Rick Dukes, a son, Cooper Harrison. He joins brothers Austin, 15, Tristan, 11, and Eli, 1, and sisters Madison, 13, and Georgia, 9
Douglas A. Solorzano ’92 and Julianne Solorzano, a son, Donovan Alfredo
Joseph Andolino ’95 and Alissa Andolino, a son, Giancarlo
Brian Baugh ’95 and Catherine Baugh, a son, Daniel Jaden. He joins sister Noelle
Tim Spaeth ’96, MBA ’00 and Autumn (Gresowski) Spaeth MA/JD ’00, a daughter, Samantha Kealani. She joins brother Caden, 3
Tina (Fischer) Florance ’97 and Brandon Florance, a daughter, Leighton Riley. She joins sister Madison and brother Connor
Natalie (Trask) McDonald ’97, JD ’00 and James McDonald, a daughter, Julia Corinne. She is the granddaughter of the late Robert Williamson ’48 and niece of Trey Trask ’98
Molly Mistretta Higley ’99 and Kris Higley, a son, Brady Chandler. He is the grandson of Richard Martin ’84 and nephew of Tara Martin ’07
Karin (Diltz) Polischuk ’00 and Derek Kealii Polischuk ’01, MM ’03, DMA ’06, a daughter, Veronica Kahelemeakua
Bhavin Shah ’00 and Pankti Shah, a son, Rayhil Bhavin
Julie (Backowski) King ’03 and Ryan King ’03, a daughter, Ellie Marie
Christine A. (Banchich) Renken ’04 and Kenneth Renken, a daughter, Catherine Ann
Queena (Go) Ang MBA ’07 and Linus Ang MBA ’07, a son, Lucas Adrian.
Robert F. Boyle ’33, of Los Angeles; Aug. 3, at the age of 100. He was a production designer who worked on more than 80 films, collaborating with directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, Norman Jewison, Fritz Lang, Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock. After working with Hitchcock on Shadow of a Doubt, Boyle served in the Army Signal Corps in France and Germany as a combat photographer during World War II. He received Academy Award nominations for his work on North by Northwest, Fiddler on the Roof, Gaily, Gaily and The Shootist. In 2008, he was recognized with an honor- ary Oscar for his career as an art director. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bess Taffel. He is survived by daughters Emily Boyle and Susan Licon, and three grandchildren.
Mary Lee Shon ’39, of Mililani, Hawaii; July 10, at the age of 94. She was one of the first Korean Americans to graduate from USC and enjoyed a long career as a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District. She also taught as an adjunct professor in the graduate school of education at USC. In 1990, The Mary Lee Shon Scholarship was established at USC, awarded annually to a student majoring in education, social work, medicine or law. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Pedro Shon. She is survived by daughters Debbie ’74 and Kathryn ’75, sons Michael and Herb Jr., seven grandchildren, and brother Sammy Lee.
Richard “Duke” Llewellyn ’40, of Los Angeles; June 4, at the age of 93. He played professional football for the Los Angeles Bulldogs, Hollywood Rangers and Los Angeles Dons. He later became a boxer in the Army, fighting matches against world heavyweight champion Joe Louis. In 1956, he joined the Los Angeles Athletic Club as director of athletics, later advancing to senior vice president. A friend of John Wooden for more than 60 years, Llewellyn founded the John R. Wooden Award. He was a member of the 1984 Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. He is survived by his longtime companion, Nancy Tew, children Mark, Mike and Debby, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Henry J. Friel Jr. ’42, of Ridgecrest, Calif.; Aug. 19, of cancer, at the age of 93. He was an architect and headed Friel and Linde for 40 years. He was best known for his design of the harbor master building and Tony’s on the Pier in Redondo Beach. He helped found the USC Alumni Club of the South Bay, served as planning commissioner of Redondo Beach for 22 years and was a member of the Redondo Beach Exchange Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Stanley McDowell. He is survived by children Katharine Friel, Terri Allred, Jay Friel and Laurel Shepherd ’78, son-in-law Jeffrey Shepherd ’78, 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and sister Geraldine Miller.
Melvin A. Brenner MD ’46, of Palm Desert, Calif.; Jan. 14, at the age of 89. For three years, he served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps. He practiced urology in Beverly Hills, San Fernando and Newport Beach, and volunteered at Los Angeles County Hospital as a clinical professor working with residents. He was chief of staff at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and Sante Fe Hospital in Los Angeles. He was professor emeritus at USC. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Aileen Ashley. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, children Jim, Tom and Kristine, and four grandchildren.
Norman L. Hawes ’47, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; May 3, at the age of 83. He served in the Korean War as a lieutenant junior grade aboard the USS Natchaug. He entered USC through the Naval V-12 program, which later became the NROTC. He was a member of both the Trojan Squires and Trojan Knights and served as president of Theta XI fraternity and the Interfraternity Council. He enjoyed a long career at the Southern California Gas Company, retiring as vice president. He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Joann Jones Hawes, children Kathleen H. Butler and Gary N. Hawes, and four grandchildren.
Jeane Ferrel Wood ’47, of Los Osos, Calif.; June 12, at the age of 88. She was an active member of her church and a hospice volunteer. She is survived by her husband, James Charles Wood, two daughters and 17 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gordon William “Bill” Grundy ’48, MBA ’49, of Newport Beach, Calif.; Jan. 1, at the age of 85. At USC, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and the Trojan Knights. He worked as an engineer for Beckman Instruments and Hughes Aircraft, and later opened his own residential real estate office. He founded the Newport Harbor Trojan Alumni Club and later the Newport Beach Historical Society, serving as its president. In 2002, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce named him its Citizen of the Year. At the time of his death, he was on the board of the Half Century Trojans. He is survived by his wife, Audrey Grundy ’50, son Gordy Grundy ’83, daughter Lisa Johnson ’83, son-in-law Bill Johnson and grandson Wills Johnson.
Joe Heber Bradford MD ’49, of Newport Beach, Calif.; Aug. 18, at the age of 87. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and played center on the USC varsity football team. The highlight of his gridiron days was 58 minutes in the 1946 Rose Bowl. He was chief of staff at Presbyterian Intercom-munity Hospital in Whittier, Calif., and
on the faculty at USC, where he founded the Family Practice Residency Program at Presbyterian Hospital. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn Hon. He is survived by his wife, Judy Johnson Wix, children Deborah Exley, Victoria Vance, Curt Bradford and Jamie Klippert, sons-in- law Landon Exley, Joe Vance and Younger Klippert, stepchildren Susan Patten, John Wix and Alyson Princler, stepsons-in-law Crane Patten and Charles Princler, and grandchildren Lauren, Whitney, Courtney, Samantha, Amy, Kathryn, Blake and Garrett.
Don Doll ’49, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; Sept. 22, at the age of 84. He was a four- year letterman halfback at USC, winning All-Pacific Coast Conference first team honors in 1947 and 1948. For six seasons, he was a defensive back in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Rams. After his playing career, he became head coach at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Calif., and then an assistant coach at USC. He coached in the NFL for 25 years, spending 11 seasons as assistant coach with the Detroit Lions. He is survived by his wife, Diana, children Steven, Wendy, Kevan, Heidi and Michael, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Lee “LeRoy” Joseph Streit ’49, of Cardiff, Calif.; Sept. 3, at the age of 88. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a marine bomber pilot in Zamboanga, Philippines. He flew 42 combat missions and earned a series of medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross with a Gold Star, the Air Medal with five Gold Stars, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. After USC, he worked as an executive with Bigelow Sanford Carpet Company until retirement. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Higgins, children Andrea Streit Yesalis, Lloyd Streit and Louis Streit, 11 grandchildren and sister Marjorie Williams.
Jerry Reed Alsobrook ’50, of Laguna Beach, Calif.; March 17, at the age of 86. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II and served three years in China, Burma and India. He began his interior design career at Cannell & Chaffin in Los Angeles and remained there for 38 years. In 1975, he became the first president of the Los Angeles chapter of the newly formed American Society of Interior Designers. During his career, he was asked to design the interior of the Western White House for former president Richard Nixon and Pat Nixon, as well as the interiors of the mayoral man- sion in Los Angeles for then-mayor Tom Bradley.
James “Jim” E. Black ’50, MS ’58, EdD ’71, of San Mateo, Calif.; July 2010, at the age of 83. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Corps from the end of World War II until 1946. At USC, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He served as superintendent of the Burlingame (Calif.) school district for 15 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Black, son Michael James Black, daughters Rebecca Black-Isabella and Martha Markham, sons-in-law Tony Isabella and Marshall Markham, and grandchildren Erik, Kevin and Kaitlin Black.
Ann Harvey Donker ’50, of Oceanside, Calif.; Aug. 17, at the age of 81. She was a member of both Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and the Trojan Club of Orange County. She was a kindergarten teacher in Santa Ana for 28 years before retiring. She is survived by her daughter, Wendy Donker Hammar ’80, MS ’81, son-in-law Dave Hammar ’80, grandtwins Gregory and Nicholas, brother Milburn Harvey ’57 and sister-in-law Ercel Harvey.
Robert Edwin Donker ’50, of Oceanside, Ca- lif.; Feb. 28, of bone cancer, at the age of 83. He was a founding member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and an active member of the Trojan Club of Orange County. He worked for the Orange County Department of Education for several years before retiring. He is survived by his daughter, Wendy Donker Hammar ’80, MS ’81, son-in-law Dave Hammar ’80, grandtwins Gregory and Nicholas, brother-in-law Milburn Harvey ’57 and sister-in-law Ercel Harvey.
Jack Roberts DDS ’50, of Redding, Calif.; June 6, of natural causes, at the age of 93. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Solomon Islands, Guam, Philippines and Okinawa. After graduating from USC, he practiced dentistry in Torrance, Calif., and for one year taught operative dentistry at the university. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, the American Dental Society and Mensa International, and a 50-year member of the Redding Masonic Lodge, where he was a 32nd-degree Ma- son. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betsy, son Coby, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Clayton G. Wannamaker ’50, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; May 16, at the age of 83. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. For 35 years, he worked for the Dow Chemical Company’s western division. He was an Eagle Scout, Scout Master and was awarded the Silver Beaver for his many years of service to the Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann Wannamaker, daughter Elizabeth Wannamaker Werhel ’79, son Douglas Wannamaker, son-in-law Richard A. Werhel Jr., daughter-in-law Kandis Wannamaker, and grandchildren Annelise Werhel and Joshua Wannamaker.
Marie T. Wonsey ’51, of Williamsburg, Va.; March 12, from cancer. At USC, she was active in several campus service organizations such as the Spurs and the Amazons, and was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. She also was active as a volunteer at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Baird Wonsey ’50, and children Marguerite and David.
Virginia Jane Curtis Hougham Connolly ’54, of Naples Island in Long Beach, Calif.; July 2, at the age of 77. At USC, she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She worked as an interior designer at an architecture firm, and also volunteered for the 1984 Olympic Games. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eugene Edward Hougham. She is survived by her husband, William Connolly, daughters Dorinda Nyberg, Laurel Hieatt, Andrina Hougham and Marni Hougham, sons-in-law David Nyberg, Walter Krebsbach and Craig Hara, and 12 grandchildren.
Joan “Joni” Mannix Neckerman ’55, of Eagle Rock, Calif.; June 4, at the age of 76. While at USC, she was the women’s editor of the Daily Trojan and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She became a bylined writer for the Los Angeles Examiner and Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and was a member of the Theta Sigma Phi Association for Women in Communications. Later, she worked as a technical editor and writer for several Ventura County firms. She is survived by her son, Michael Neckerman ’87, and sister Pat Calhoun.
W. Wallace Cayard PhD ’56, of Cranberry Township, Pa.; Aug. 7, of Parkinson’s disease, at the age of 89. For 30 years, he served as a professor of philosophy and religion at West Liberty University in West Liberty, W. Va., and was instrumental in founding its faculty senate. He was a leader in the community, lobbying senators and representatives in support of legislation for peace. He was a member of the Religious Society of Friends. He is survived by his wife, Leonora Cayard, four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Cammie King Conlon ’56, of Ft. Bragg, Calif.; Sept. 1, of lung cancer, at the age of 76. She played Bonnie Blue Butler, the daughter of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. She also voiced the fawn Faline in Bambi. At USC, she was president of Mortar Board and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and was honored as the 1956 Helen of Troy. She worked for CBS-TV as a production assistant, and later for the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce. She is survived by her two children, Matthew Ned Conlon and Katie Conlon Byrne, and three grandchildren.
John K. Parsons MA ’59, of Glendale, Ariz.; Aug. 16. He spent two years with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, four years as a civil design engineer in California, and two years as a structural draftsman and designer with M.K. Goldsmith and Associates. He opened his own structural engineering business in 1961. He was a member of the American Concrete Institute, International Association of Shell Structures, American Society of Civil Engineers, Structural Engineers of Arizona and National Society of Professional Engineers. He is survived by his wife, Lavelle Parsons.
Frederick Dowell Williams Sr. MS ’60, PhD ’62, of Houston, Texas; May 29, at the age of 76. He was the founding dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant touring on the USS Lenawee. He authored and edited 54 books and lectured on communication topics for the United States International Communication Agency. From 1990 to 1991, he served as a distinguished research fellow in the Gannett Media Research Center at Columbia University. He is survived by his children, Frederick D. Williams Jr. ’79, Mary K. Williams ’81, Tiffany Townsend, Robert Williams, John D. Williams and Peter A. Williams, niece Amanda Williams, and five grandchildren.
Ghazi Al-Gosaibi MA ’64, of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Aug. 15, of cancer, at the age of 70. In the 1970s, he was director of the Saudi Railways Organization and later minister of industry and electricity, where he helped pioneer development of the petrochemicals industry. An outspoken critic of conservative Saudi society, he was fired as minister of health after publishing a poem that highlighted the corruption of the Saudi elite. He was later removed as ambassador to Britain after publishing an ode to a Palestinian suicide bomber. He served as minister of labor until his death. He is survived by his wife, four children and eight grandchildren.
Jack E. Cartwright ME ’67, of Paris, Ill.; May 8, of cancer, at the age of 69. He served as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, earning a Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Medal, an Air Force Com- mendation Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. He received a master’s equivalent from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and was a member of Lawton-Byrum Post 972 Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Katherine Cartwright. He is survived by his wife, Rose (Scribner) Cartwright, daughters Kristen Sanders and Karin Cartwright, son-in-law David Sanders, grandchildren Kaylee and Kyler Sanders and Cainin and Caleb Richey, and sister Elaine Newell.
Paul W. Kane PhD ’69, of Yorba Linda, Calif.; Jan. 29, at the age of 72. He was a full-time professor at California State University, Fullerton. He also served in a number of administrative positions, including acting dean of the school of education, chair of the teacher education division and several terms as chair of the secondary education department. He is survived by his wife, Carol, sons Mark, Kevin, Neil and John, daughters-in-law Jan, Karen, Pam and Sharon, and grandchildren Lilyanne, Gavin, Keaton, Karson, Paul, Thomas, Jack, Connell and Bailey.
Daniel Ho-Ming Woo ’72 of Los Angeles; May 13, 2006.
Norm Lacy ’77; May 29, of a heart attack, at the age of 56. He was an offensive lineman at USC for the 1975 and 1976 football teams. After serving as assistant football coach at Santa Monica High, where he taught and also coached wrestling and golf, he was later appointed head football coach. In 2001, he led the school to the CIF Division X title. He also served as football coach at St. Monica Catholic High, leading that team to the 1998 CIF Division XI title. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, two daughters, father Norm Sr., a sister and two brothers.
Larry Zepeda ’78, of Los Angeles; Sept. 2, 2007, after a long illness, at the age of 51. After graduating from USC, he worked for Hughes Aircraft Company. He later served as director of business computing for California State University, Long Beach. He is survived by his son, Christopher Zepeda, and twin brother Ronnie Zepeda ’77.
LuAnne (Maruyama) Kirst ’88 of Dove Canyon, Calif.; Feb. 24, of gynecological cancer, at the age of 56. She was vice president of correspondent sales for Wells Fargo, focusing on sales in the mortgage business. She is survived by her husband, Stanley Kirst, his children and grandchildren.
Tiffany Suzanne Aguirre ’01, of Rowland Heights, Calif.; June 21, of gastric cancer, at the age of 30. While a student at USC, she was a presidential scholar, a student ambassador, a Thematic Option honor student and a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta academic honor society. She spent most of her career working in Los Angeles for the Capital Group Companies, an investment management firm. She is survived by her parents, Susan and Anthony Aguirre, sister Courtney Aguirre, and most devoted felines Harrison, Munchie and Nickolas.
Timothy Glen Miller, of Lakewood, Calif.; Aug. 21, at the age of 47. For 12 years, he worked in the facilities and technology department at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He was a graduate of Santa Ana College and was less than a year away from earning his bachelor’s from USC Annenberg. He served as a dea- con at Westwood Presbyterian Church for many years. He is survived by his mother, Ramona, father Paul, brother Todd, sister- in-law Rosie, one niece and one nephew.
James F. Smith, of Los Angeles; Sept. 24, of brain cancer, at the age of 65. He was chair of the classical guitar department at the USC Thornton School of Music and helped build the program into one of the most innovative in the country. He was a member of the international guitar community. Among his achievements were the training of two guitar ensembles, the Falla Trio and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, organizing the Segovia Master Classes at USC, and running the school’s weekly recital series, Music at Noon. He served as president of the Guitar Foundation of America and sat on the advisory committee of the First American Guitar Congress. He is survived by his children, Judson, Adrienne, Earyn and Dusan, mother Marie Hymel, sisters Anne and Christine, and brother Thomas.