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In 1959, USC’s president named Robert Dockson, at age 41, dean of the then-USC School of Commerce. Dockson earned his bachelor's and Ph.D. at USC Dornsife and donated generously to USC. Here, Dockson advises at USC. Photo courtesy of USC Marshall School of Business.

In Memoriam: Robert Dockson

December 4, 2013

Robert R. Dockson, among the most distinguished graduates of USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations and a generous USC benefactor, has died. He was 96. Dockson died Nov. 26 at his Los Angeles home, surrounded…

USC Dornsife Academic Domain Vice Deans

Mancall, McKenna and Wood Named USC Dornsife Academic Domain Vice Deans

August 16, 2012

Peter C. Mancall, Charles McKenna and Wendy Wood were appointed academic domain vice deans by incoming dean of USC Dornsife Steve Kay on August 16. Mancall, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and professor of…

Steve A. Kay currently serves as dean of biological sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Photo courtesy of the University of California, San Diego.

Kay Named New Dean of USC Dornsife

May 1, 2012

Steve A. Kay has been appointed the 21st dean of USC Dornsife, the university announced today. He will lead USC Dornsife starting this Fall. Kay, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), currently serves as…

Carol Nagy was the first female dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Communication in USC Dornsife. She arrived at USC Dornsife in 1983 as professor of psychology and head of the Program for the Study of Women and Men in Society (SWMS), since named the Gender Studies Program.

In Memoriam: Carol Nagy, 72

August 18, 2011

Carol Nagy, the first female dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Communication in USC Dornsife and a major force in the creation of the university’s Gender Studies Program, has died. She was 72. Nagy, formerly…

John "Jack" Marburger III,  was appointed dean of USC Dornsife in 1976. After his time at USC, he served as science adviser to President George W. Bush for eight years. Photo courtesy of Stony Brook University.

In Memoriam: John Marburger, 70

August 8, 2011

John H. Marburger III, former dean of USC Dornsife and science adviser to President George W. Bush, has died. He was 70. Marburger died at his home in Port Jefferson, N.Y., on July 28, after a four-year bout with…

Donald J. Lewis retired from USC College in 1987 and spent quality time with his family. At left, he's shown with daughter Trey Mason of Rancho Palos Verdes. At right, as a young man, Donald J. Lewis enlisted in the Army and served during World War II before eventually joining USC College, where as an experimental psychologist he served as dean of social sciences and chaired the Department of Psychology. Photos courtesy of the Lewis family.

In Memoriam: Donald J. Lewis, 88

January 6, 2011

USC College Professor Emeritus Donald J. Lewis, experimental psychologist with expertise in learning and memory, former dean of social sciences and chair of the Department of Psychology, has died. He was 88. Lewis died after…

Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, is the new vice dean of students in USC College. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Dean Howard Gillman Appoints First Vice Dean of Students for USC College

November 15, 2010

Dean Howard Gillman announced today that he has appointed Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, as the first vice dean of students in USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. In his new role, Manahan will…

William G. Spitzer was the first person in USC’s history to serve at every level of academic administration.

In Memoriam: William G. Spitzer, 82

April 19, 2010

William G. Spitzer, 82, former dean of USC College and professor emeritus of electrical engineering, materials science and physics at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, died April 14 in Oceanside, Calif., after suffering a…

In Memoriam: C. Sylvester Whitaker

In Memoriam: C. Sylvester Whitaker

December 1, 2008

C. Sylvester Whitaker Jr., professor emeritus of political science and former dean of social sciences in USC College, has passed away. He was 73. He died in Waterville, Maine, on Nov. 29 following a struggle with…

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Newbies

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Newbies

September 1, 2007

At a red-carpet reception saluting the most recent newcomers to USC College’s faculty, Dean Howard Gillman dabbled in the informal as he welcomed an “extremely talented and exciting group of…