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Sol Golomb, University Professor, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics and holder of the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Chair in Communications. Photo by Will Taylor.

In Memoriam: Sol Golomb, 83

May 9, 2016

Solomon Golomb, a legendary and longtime electrical engineering and mathematics professor whose pioneering work helped spark the digital communications revolution, has died. He was 83. Golomb, who held joint appointments in…

Robert Bils in 1968. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Robert Bils, 85

April 22, 2016

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences Robert Bils has died. He was 85. Bils died at his home on March 26 in Montebello, Calif., after a long struggle with lymphoma. Before his retirement in 1996, Bils taught and…

Zdenek Vorel, pictured here in 1979, taught mathematics at USC Dornsife for 45 years. Photos courtesy of Zdena Pavlova.

In Memoriam: Zdenek Vorel, 86

March 23, 2016

Zdenek Vorel, professor of mathematics, has died. He was 86. Vorel died on March 3 in Motol University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, after a six month battle with cancer. Vorel’s research focus lay in…

Arthur "Rodger" Swearingen, pictured here in the 1980s, founded and directed the USC Research Institute on Communist Strategy and Propaganda. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Arthur ‘Rodger’ Swearingen, 92

March 16, 2016

Professor Emeritus of International Relations Arthur “Rodger” Swearingen, who founded a USC institute devoted to research on communist strategy and propaganda and brought his expertise on communism to national…

Robert Douglas pictured at his office on the University Park campus in 1982. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Robert Douglas, 78

February 10, 2016

Robert Guy Douglas, Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences, has died. He was 78. Douglas died at home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Jan. 26 after a long battle with cancer. Dean of natural sciences and mathematics at USC…

Phyllis Franzek had worked for USC Dornsife’s Writing Program since 1997. Photo by Alexandra Bissonette.

In Memoriam: Phyllis Franzek, 65

January 25, 2016

Phyllis Franzek, associate professor (teaching) of writing in the USC Dornsife Writing Program, has died. She was 65. Franzek died in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 3 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She taught…

Robert Dilligan in 1987. Photo by Irene Fertik, courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Robert Dilligan, 75

January 22, 2016

Robert “Bob” Dilligan, Associate Emeritus Professor of English, has died. He was 75. Dilligan died at Silverado Memory Care Facility in Encinitas, Calif., on Jan. 11 from complications from Parkinson’s…

Mark Kann, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History, and Associates Chair Emeritus in Social Science, pictured in 1998. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Mark Kann, 68

January 20, 2016

Mark Kann, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History and Associates Chair Emeritus in Social Science at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 68. Kann died of causes related to multiple myeloma on Jan. 5 at his home in San…

Professor of Anthropology Eugene (Gene) Cooper was a devoted teacher and mentor to generations of students. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

In Memoriam: Eugene Cooper, 68

October 22, 2015

Eugene (Gene) Cooper, professor of anthropology, has died. He was 68. Cooper died at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., on Oct. 18 from pneumonia and septic shock. His death came just days after announcing his…

Associate Professor of Psychology Stephen Madigan was one of America’s most knowledgeable and meticulous scholars of human memory. Photo by Phil Channing.

In Memoriam: Stephen Madigan, 73

October 19, 2015

Stephen Madigan, associate professor of psychology, has died. He was 73.   Madigan died on Oct. 13 in Los Angeles following a short illness. Madigan joined the faculty at USC Dornsife in 1969, after completing his Ph.D.…