Celebration of Life for Robert K. Cole
A Celebration of Life for Professor Emeritus of Physics (Dornsife College) Robert K. Cole was held
Saturday, May 30, 2014, at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Van Nuys. Bob served two terms as
President of the RFA from July 2001 to June 2003. Thirty of Bob's family members, friends, and
fellow church members attended the celebration.
Retired Faculty Participate in
USC Commencement 2014
Dixon Johnson, President of the Staff Retirement Association; Jerry
Walker, Director of the USC Emeriti Center College; and Victor Marshand Webb,
RFA board member, served as Marshals at USC's 2014 Commencement on Friday, May 16. Marching at
the head of the faculty column were Phoebe Liebig, RFA Past President; Michael
Preston, Professor Emeritus of Political Science; Kenneth Servis, RFA board
member and former USC Registrar; and Robert Stallings, RFA Vice President.
USC 2014 commencement speaker Marc Benioff ’86 (USC
[The text below comes from the May 16, 2014, article by Merrill Balassone of USCNews.]
"Don't forget to do something for others."
Marc Benioff first recalled hearing those life-changing words spoken from a spiritual
guru in India. Decades later, he passed that wisdom on to graduates at USC's 131st commencement
on May 16.
Benioff, the CEO of San Francisco-based Salesforce.com, has been lauded not only as a pioneer in cloud computing
and one of the country's most respected CEOs, but also for his 1-1-1 plan, in which he took the Indian
spiritual guru's words to heart. His company operates under a policy that donates one percent of
product, one percent of equity and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves.
"The real joy in life comes from giving, from service, from doing things for other people,"
Benioff told the more than 40,000 graduates, families, and friends gathered in Alumni Park.
"Nothing will make you happier than giving."
Benioff, a USC trustee who graduated from USC in 1986, cited Joelle Benioff, his mother who was honored
as a member of the Half
Century Trojans, as his reason for going to college at USC. ("Mom knows best," he
Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles
USC Professor Emeritus of Geography Curtis C. Roseman led another of his walking tours
of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, May 10, 2014, this one in the Old Historic Core. Beginning at
the Stillwell Hotel on South Grand Avenue, a group of some two dozen walkers, many USC retired staff and
faculty, followed Professor Roseman and listened intently as he explained the history and significance of
major downtown streets such as Broadway, Spring Street, and Main Street as well specific downtown
buildings. The tour included visits to a theatre in the Jewelry District, St. Vincent's Court,
Grand Central Market, Angels Flight, Pershing Square, and the Biltmore Hotel. (Read more about
Professor Roseman's walking tours here.)
Professor Roseman standing on the sidewalk in front of the Stillwell Hotel
explaining what the walking tour would be about.
Former Board Member Quoted in Downtown News
USC Professor Emeritus and former RFA board member Robert S. Harris is quoted in two
of the last four paragraphs of this May 5, 2014, article in the Los Angeles Downtown News about
plans for the former Los Angeles Police Department Parker Center headquarters in downtown Los
Angeles. Click here to read the article.
Currents Article on Retirees Involved in University Advancement
The April 2014 issue of Currents, the periodical of the Council for Advancement and Support
of Education (CASE), contained an article on retired faculty who help their universities with fundraising
and alumni relations. The article contained extensive comments from RFA member Victor
Marshand Webb (p. 26) and USC Emeriti Center Executive Director Janette Brown
(p. 27). Click here to read the
article, which also contains a group photo of Webb, RFA Past President Phoebe
Liebig, RFA Treasurer Jim Halls, and an unidentified recipient of a Caldwell
RFA Officers 2013–2014
From the left: William J. Petak, President; Janette C. Brown (Executive Director, USC Emeriti
Center); John L. Sanders, Secretary; and Robert A. Stallings, Vice President. Not pictured: James
Halls, Treasurer; Phoebe Liebig, Past President.
RFA Elects New Officers and Board Members
Results of the election of officers and at-large board members for 2014–2015 were announced at
the Board of Directors' meeting March 14, 2014. Bob Stallings (Price School of
Public Policy), current Vice President/President Elect, becomes President as current President
Bill Petak assumes the duties of Past President. Kaaren Hoffman
(Keck—Medical Education) was elected Treasurer. Newly elected at-large board members (first
three-year term) were Cynthia Berne (Keck—Spouse Member), Peter
Nichols (Keck–Pathology), Arnold Platzker
(Keck—Pediatrics, Childrens' Hospital), Kenneth Servis
(Dornsife—Chemistry, former Registrar), and Beth Shube (Dornsife—Widow).
Elected to second three-year terms were James Halls (Keck—Radiology) and
Victor Marshand Webb (Annenberg). Officers and new board members assume their
offices on July 1, 2014.
Faculty Retirees 2012–2013
USC Provost and Senior Vice President Elizabeth Garrett recognized those faculty
members who retired during AY 2012–2013 at the annual Provost's Faculty Retirement Recognition
Luncheon Wednesday, November 13, 2013, in Town and Gown on the University Park Campus (UPC).
First Row (Left to Right): Florian Mansfeld, Irma Fitzgibbons, Arnold Platzker, G. Alexander
Moore, Lynne Ticson, Elizabeth Garrett (Provost), Janette Brown (Executive Director, USC Emeriti
Center), Parakrama Chandrasoma, and Gloria Orenstein.
Second Row: Don A. Llewellyn, James Rotter, Maurice Hitchcock, Kenneth Servis, William Maxwell,
John Odell, William Petak (RFA President), and Esther Gillies.
Third Row: Alan Schumitzky, Roger Jelliffe, Ram Kannan, Cage Johnson, William McClure,
Chris Zarow, and Sandra Rich.
Provost's Faculty Retirement Recognition Luncheon 2013
RFA President William Petak welcomed honorees and guests to the 2013 luncheon in Town
and Gown on the University Park Campus (UPC) Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Charles
Gomer, President of the USC Faculty, and Elizabeth Garrett, USC Provost and
Senior Vice President, both spoke. RFA Vice President Robert Stallings introduced
the honorees who had retired during AY 2012–2013. Twenty-one of the fifty-seven retirees were
able to attend. USC Emeriti Center Executive Director Janette Brown presented the
Paul E. Hadley Award for Service to USC to Professor Emeritus David Dows (Department of
Chemistry, Dornsife College).
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Holiday Breakfast 2013
The Staff Retirement Association/Emeriti Center/RFA annual Holiday Breakfast was held December 5,
2013, in Town and Gown. Parmer Fuller, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Vocal Arts,
Thornton School of Music, and 10 of his students provided musical entertainment. Carolyn
Watanabe and her colleagues in the SRA pulled off yet another enjoyable holiday event.
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A Personal Invitation from the RFA
RFA Honors Robert Baker
at 32nd Street Magnet School
On March 19, 2013, the USC Retired Faculty Association Board of Directors presented a $1,000
check to the 32nd Street/USC Magnet School for Visual and Performing Arts, a member of the USC Family of
Schools. The gift was made in memory of Dr. Robert L. Baker, former RFA President
and Professor Emeritus in the Rossier School of Education. The fund was made possible by individual
donations from RFA board members who chose the 32nd Street/USC Magnet School in accordance with the Baker
family's wishes to support local public schools.
Phoebe Liebig (above, right), RFA President, presented the gift to the Principal,
Ezequiel Gonzalez (above, left), a graduate of the Rossier School. [To continue
reading, click here.]