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Mary Gerlitz was a devoted member of staff at USC Dornsife for 44 years and will be remembered for her warmth and kindness. She was also a highly accomplished organist and co-founder of the Cantori Domino choral group based in Santa Monica, Calif.  Photo courtesy of Cantori Domino.

In Memoriam: Mary Gerlitz, 68

August 29, 2013

Mary Gerlitz, an honors programs administrative coordinator, has died after 44 years of loyal service to USC Dornsife. She was 68. Gerlitz died on Aug. 1, at Keck Hospital of USC in Los Angeles from heart failure. In 2009,…

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Dallas Willard, a USC Dornsife Faculty Fellow, taught at the School of Philosophy from 1965 to 2012. He directed the School of Philosophy from 1982 to 1985. Here, he stands at USC Mudd Hall of Philosophy in 1986. Photo by Irene Fertik.

In Memoriam: Dallas Willard, 77

May 10, 2013

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Dallas Willard, an expert in Christian spiritual formation who taught in USC Dornsife’s School of Philosophy for 47 years, has died. He was 77. Willard died on May 8 at Kaiser Hospital…

William Van Cleave directed the Strategic Studies Program in USC Dornsife's School of International Relations, where he was professor of international relations, from 1967 to 1987. Here, he teaches in his earlier years. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Van Cleave.

In Memoriam: William Van Cleave, 77

March 21, 2013

William Van Cleave, former senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan, the United States Department of Defense, Department of State, and former professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, has died. He was 77. Van…

USC Dornsife professor emeritus Moshe Lazar examining a Sephardic manuscript in the 1980s. Lazar devoted his life to saving rare medieval Judeo-Spanish — or Ladino — texts. Photo courtesy of Sonia Lazar.

In Memoriam: Moshe Lazar, 84

December 21, 2012

Moshe Lazar, professor emeritus of comparative literature and former chair, has died. He was 84. Lazar died on December 13, 2012, at his home in Los Angeles after fighting Alzheimer’s disease for six years. Described…

USC Honorary Trustee Carmen Warschaw pledged $3 million in 2008 to endow the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics in USC Dornsife.

In Memoriam: Carmen H. Warschaw, 95

November 13, 2012

USC Honorary Trustee and alumna Carmen H. Warschaw, a leading philanthropist, committed community activist and lifelong Democrat, has died. She was 95. Warschaw died Nov. 6 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from…

Denis Mitchell, here pictured in his younger years, was well known for his research on animal behavior. Photo courtesy of Kitling Mitchell.

In Memoriam: Denis Mitchell

September 5, 2012

Denis Mitchell, retired associate professor of psychology in USC Dornsife, died Aug. 21, 2012, after a five-year battle with brain cancer. “Denis was a humanitarian with exceptional talents, character and a sense of…

Victory Wellington Peters' portrait in his USC yearbook c. 1924. Courtesy of the Peters family.

In Memoriam: Victor Wellington Peters, 109

August 24, 2012

Victor Wellington Peters, USC's oldest alumnus, died Aug. 12 at age 109. Born Sept. 29, 1902, in Kansas City, Mo., he moved to Southern California with his family in 1919. Upon arriving, Peters enrolled at the newly created…

Carl Christol, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Political Science in USC Dornsife, was a pioneer in the field of international space law who helped establish one of the nation’s first courses on human rights.

In Memoriam: Carl Q. Christol, 98

February 28, 2012

Carl Quimby Christol, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science in USC Dornsife and pioneer in the field of international space law, has died. He was 98. Christol died at home in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Feb. 22,…

Thomas C. Cox, associate professor emeritus of history in USC Dornsife, was a leading historian in African American studies and American intellectual and social history. The native of Topeka, Kan., began his 29-year tenure at USC Dornsife in 1982 as assistant professor of history. He became emeritus associate professor of history in 2008. Photo courtesy of Gerry Cox.

In Memoriam: Thomas C. Cox, 72

January 19, 2012

Thomas C. Cox, associate professor emeritus of history in USC Dornsife and a leading historian in African American studies and American intellectual and social history has died. He was 72. Cox died at home in Pasadena,…

USC Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Sidney W. Benson served as a group leader for the Manhattan Project, then joined the Department of Chemistry in USC Dornsife in 1943. Here, he works in his laboratory in 1984. Photo by Wendy Rosin Malecki courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Sidney W. Benson, 93

January 4, 2012

USC Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Sidney W. Benson, who became scientific co-director of USC Dornsife’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute when it opened in 1977, has died. He was 93. Among the…