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USC Annenberg School of Journalism associate director Patricia Dean has been selected by the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State university as the 2006 recipient of the Schwartz Award. The award is the University’s highest honor for distinguished service to journalism and mass communication. Previous recipients include former Des Moines Register editor Geneva Overholser and former Time magazine correspondent Hugh Sidey. Prior to joining the USC Annenberg faculty, Dean taught at Northwestern University and spent two decades as a broadcast journalist in Chicago, leading news teams at WMAQ (NBC), WLS (ABC) and WBBM (CBS). Her work was honored with numerous awards including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Chicago Television Academy Emmy Award and the National Press Club Award for “The Best Consumer Journalism.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Iowa State and a master’s degree from Northwestern.
Doris Westcott, who in 1929 and 1930 was chosen by her USC classmates to represent the university at all important social functions as the first and second “Helen of Troy,” has died. Westcott, who earned her B.S. and master’s degrees from the USC School of Education in 1929, succumbed May 16. She and her husband were married on campus at the University Church.
Westcott became one of the first WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) of World War II. While in the WAVES, she organized and conducted training programs for new WAVES recruits. As California’s first woman in stripes, she was the focus of much attention, often appearing in newspapers, posing for photographs and even taking tea with Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House.
In 1947, Westcott left the Navy with the rank of commander and was honored with a presidential citation. She returned to Southern California to become the only female principal of a large area high school. At Compton High School, where she was an administrator for more than 25 years, she developed a lifelong passion for helping young people get the best education possible.
In 1995, Westcott established the Doris Westcott Scholarship that partially funded two master’s-level students each year. With a pledge of $500,000, she established the Doris T. Westcott Endowed Fellowship in Aging in 2004, the USC Davis School of Gerontology’s first full tuition scholarship.
In 2002 she was named a recipient of the Rossier School’s R.O.S.E. Award for her dedication and support to education.
Ritchie M. Spencer, 67
Ritchie M. Spencer, USC School of Theatre associate professor, director of production and head of costume design, passed away May 7 after a long illness. He was 67 years old.
Spencer continued a full schedule of teaching, including supervising student designs, as well as designing the costumes for the school’s spring musical, “Company.” Spencer joined the faculty of USC in 1976, designing the costumes for the inaugural production at the Bing Theatre, “Sweet Bird of Youth,” starring guest artist Dorothy Maguire.
School of Theatre Dean Madeline Puzo said: “We are filled with sorrow at Ritchie’s passing. Throughout his extraordinary 30-year career at the school, he taught and trained many talented artists and established a standard of excellence in design of which the school is very proud.”
Seven USC doctoral students have been invited to represent the university at the 7th Annual Association of Pacific Rim Universities’ Doctoral Student Conference in Singapore this July.
Students from throughout the Pacific Rim will present their work at the conference, to be hosted by the National University of Singapore. The following doctoral students will attend: Alexandra Schiewe, pharmacy; Qiaobing Wu, social work; Hayeon Song, communications; Chunlei Xia, physics; Subha Mani, economics; Lauren Movius, communications; and Yawen Li, social work.
Randell L. Makinson, director emeritus of USC’s Gamble House in Pasadena, Calif., has made gifts totaling $300,000 to the USC School of Architecture.
The gifts will establish an endowment for research in architectural history and preservation, the school’s first such gift, and a design studio in historic preservation under Makinson’s name in the new Robert H. Timme Architectural Research Center.