Former Keck School of Medicine Dean Allen Mathies has been awarded the honorary title “Dean Emeritus of the Keck School of Medicine.” A widely respected expert in communicable diseases, he is the first recipient of the title.
“Allen’s tremendous record speaks for itself, and in bestowing the title Dean Emeritus the university is recognizing everything he’s achieved,” said Dean Stephen J. Ryan.
Upon hearing of his designation, Mathies said, “I am extraordinarily pleased and honored to receive the title. I’m very appreciative of the university, President Sample and Dean Ryan.”
“Having been a faculty member since 1962, this is a culmination of a long love affair with USC,” added Mathies.
After receiving his M.D. degree, cum laude, in 1961 from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Mathies completed an internship and a residency in pediatrics at LAC+USC Medical Center. In 1963, he was appointed senior lecturer in biological sciences at USC. His affiliation with USC’s School of Medicine began the following year with his appointment as assistant professor of pediatrics. Mathies was dean of the Medical School from 1975 to 1985. “During that time there were a lot of changes. The USC/Norris Cancer Center was built and we received a commitment to build University Hospital,” said Mathies.
South Pasadena resident Mathies retired in 1995. He also holds the title President Emeritus of Huntington Hospital, having been CEO there from 1985.