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In Memoriam: Syd Field, 77

November 21, 2013

Syd Field, lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program at USC Dornsife, whose 1979 book Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting has been the major reference tool for generations of writers, has died. He…

Anthony Mlikotin, professor emeritus of Slavic languages and literatures, immigrated to the United States from Croatia in 1952. Teaching at USC Dornsife for 31 years, he was founding chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Photo by Irene Fertik.

In Memoriam: Anthony Mlikotin, 87

September 23, 2013

Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures Anthony Mlikotin, founding chairman of the department and 31-year faculty member at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 87. Mlikotin died on Sept. 13 at Seacrest Convalescent…

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,…

Edwin “Bud” M. Perkins Jr., sits on a lawn near USC University Park campus in the 1990s with his German shepherd, Weiss. Photo by Jeff Perkins.

In Memoriam: Edwin “Bud” M. Perkins Jr., 75

August 20, 2013

Edwin “Bud” M. Perkins Jr., a 34-year faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at USC Dornsife and an expert in histology, has died. He was 75. Perkins died of causes related to prostate cancer at…

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…