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W. Ross Winterowd, the Bruce R. McElderry Professor Emeritus of English, joined USC College’s Department of English in 1966 and founded the USC College doctoral program in rhetoric, linguistics and literature. Photo courtesy Geoffrey R. Winterowd.

In Memoriam, W. Ross Winterowd, 80

February 7, 2011

USC College’s W. Ross Winterowd, renowned teacher and author in the field of rhetoric, died after complications with pneumonia on Jan. 21 in Huntington Beach, Calif. He was 80. Winterowd, the Bruce R. McElderry…

Doyce Nunis Jr. was professor emeritus of history at USC College and editor of <em>Southern California Quarterly</em>. Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Southern California.

In Memoriam: Doyce B. Nunis Jr., 86

February 4, 2011

Doyce Nunis Jr., professor emeritus of history at USC College and historian of early California history, died Jan. 22 at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center from complications after abdominal surgery. He was 86. Nunis was…

Linguist Jean-Roger Vergnaud, a pioneer in syntax and phonology, taught in USC College until May 2010. Photo credit Antonio Nava.

In Memoriam: Jean-Roger Vergnaud, 65

February 3, 2011

Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities, professor of linguistics and a major contributor to generative grammar, has died. He was 65. The USC College professor died at USC University Hospital surrounded…

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…

Joseph R. Cerrell was a USC College political science alumnus who co-founded the Jesse M. Unruh Institute. He was a renown political consultant who worked on campaigns for John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey, to name a few historic elections. Photo courtesy of the Cerrell family.

In Memoriam: Joseph R. Cerrell, 75

December 4, 2010

USC College alumnus and political consultant Joseph R. Cerrell who played a vital role in the presidential campaigns of Democratic candidates including John F. Kennedy has died. He was 75. Cerrell died early Dec. 3 in…

Professor Emeritus Thomas Ely Lasswell, Sr., a national leader in the sociology of family, served as chair of the Department of Sociology in USC College from 1965 to 1966. Photo courtesy of USC College's Department of Sociology.

In Memoriam: Thomas Ely Lasswell, Sr., 90

September 8, 2010

Professor Emeritus Thomas Ely Lasswell, Sr., a national leader in the sociology of family, 30-year USC College scholar and former chair of the Department of Sociology, has died. He was 90. Lasswell died due to complications…

Ronald Gottesman, professor emeritus of English in USC College, remained close with generations of students. "Ron was a father to me and perhaps my closest friend," said author and former USC College Ph.D. student Chris Abani. Photo courtesy of Beth Shube.

In Memoriam: Ronald Gottesman, 77

May 18, 2010

Ronald Gottesman, founding director of the Center for the Humanities at USC, and professor emeritus of English in USC College, has died. He was 77. Gottesman died from complications of pneumonia May 10 at Ronald Reagan UCLA…

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…

University Professor Emeritus Stephen Toulmin, a renowned ethical philosopher in USC College, called for scholars to "come out of their self-imposed isolation and reenter the collective world of practical life and shared human problems." Photo courtesy of Donna Toulmin.

In Memoriam: Stephen E. Toulmin, 87

December 8, 2009

Stephen Edelston Toulmin, University Professor Emeritus and one of the most influential ethical philosophers of the latter half of the 20th century, has died. He was 87. Toulmin, the Henry R. Luce Professor for the Center for…

A professor of kinesiology in USC College, Herbert de Vries' research focused on the effects of exercise on the elderly. At USC, de Vries was a preceptor at the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center and a laboratory chief at the center’s Physiology of Exercise Laboratory. Photo courtesy of Ana de Vries.

In Memoriam: Herbert A. de Vries, 91

October 9, 2009

Herbert A. de Vries emeritus professor of kinesiology in USC College, known as the father of exercise and aging, has died. He was 91. De Vries died Oct. 1, eight days before his 92nd birthday, in his Laguna Beach home. He…