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Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences Basil Nafpaktitis taught at USC Dornsife from 1966-98. Photo courtesy of Mary Nafpaktitis.

In Memoriam: Basil Nafpaktitis, 85

July 1, 2015

Basil (Vasilis) George Nafpaktitis, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at USC Dornsife and at the University of Crete, has died. He was 85. Nafpaktitis died on May 24 in Charlottesville, Virginia, from complications…

Donn Gorsline, Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences at USC Dornsife, taught marine geology from 1962-98. Recognized as a major figure in his field, he is pictured here in 1986. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Donn Sherrin Gorsline, 88

June 3, 2015

Donn Sherrin Gorsline, Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 88. Gorsline died at his home in Los Angeles on May 27. Considered by many as the leading marine geologist of the latter half of…

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Physics Howard Taylor teaching at USC in the mid-1970s. Photos courtesy of Leeza Taylor Reisig.

In Memoriam: Howard Taylor, 79

May 22, 2015

Howard Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Physics at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 79. Taylor died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and family on May 17. “Howard Taylor was a brilliant…

Lynn Matteson served as an associate professor of art history from 1980 to 2003. Photo by Lynn P. Kirst.

In Memoriam: Lynn Matteson, 75

May 1, 2015

Lynn Matteson, professor emeritus of art history at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 75. Matteson died peacefully on April 21 in Santa Barbara, California, 17 years after receiving a successful liver transplant. An expert in…

Known for his creative and visionary research on crime and schizophrenia, Sarnoff Mednick was a trailblazer who was not afraid of controversy. Photo courtesy of Laura Baker.

In Memoriam: Sarnoff Mednick, 87

April 23, 2015

Sarnoff Mednick, professor emeritus of psychology at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 87. Mednick died on April 10 in Toledo, Ohio. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Mednick was the first scientist to…

Earning his bachelor’s and Ph.D. in international relations at USC Dornsife, Andrew Manning taught courses on foreign policy at the VonKleinSmid Center, shown here. Photo by Taylor Faust.

In Memoriam: Andrew Manning, 42

January 5, 2015

Andrew Manning, an alumnus and faculty member at USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations, died unexpectedly on Christmas Day. Manning earned his bachelor’s in 1994 and Ph.D. in international relations in…

María Elena Martínez-López will be remembered for her scholarship, devotion to students, family and friends, and her wisdom and warmth.  Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

In Memoriam: María Elena Martínez-López, 47

November 20, 2014

María Elena Martínez-López, associate professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife and a leading scholar of colonial Latin America has died. She was…

Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences Katrina J. Edwards’ discoveries centered on life forms beneath the ocean floor, also called “intraterrestrial life.” Photo by Phil Channing.

In Memoriam: Katrina J. Edwards, 46

October 29, 2014

Katrina J. Edwards, professor of biological sciences and earth sciences at USC Dornsife, a leader in the field of geomicrobiology, has died. She was 46. Edwards of South Pasadena, California, died peacefully on Oct. 26 after…

Harriet Forster, professor emerita of physics and astronomy, seen here in 1963 at USC, escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria and became a world-renowned nuclear physicist. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Harriet Herta Forster, 97

October 3, 2014

Harriet Herta Forster, professor emerita of physics and astronomy at USC Dornsife, an internationally known figure in the field of experimental nuclear physics, has died. She was 97. Forster died peacefully of natural causes…

Gerald Larue taught religion and archaeology at USC Dornsife for more than 20 years. He took students on many trips to the Middle East to excavate artifacts, still used today for research and instruction. Photo by Wendy Malecki, courtesy of the USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Gerald “Gerry” Larue, 98

September 29, 2014

Professor emeritus Gerald “Gerry” Larue, a 23-year faculty member in the USC Dornsife School of Religion and founder of USC’s Archaeological Research Collection, has died. He was 98. Larue died after a…