USC University of Southern California

Awards Abound at Half Century Trojans Event

On Oct. 15, after thousands celebrated USC’s future at the inauguration of President C. L. Max Nikias, nearly 500 members of the Trojan Family gathered to honor USC’s past at the 2010 Half Century Trojans Luncheon.

Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen Puliafito and Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Dean Avishai Sadan presented the 2010 Half Century Trojans Hall of Fame awards to Norman Levan MD ’39 and Rex Ingraham DDS ’41, respectively.

“Distinguished Professor Emeritus Rex Ingraham is the living embodiment of everything that makes us proud to be Trojan dental professionals,” Sadan said. “The opportunity to present Dr. Ingraham with the Half Century Trojan award means so much to all of us that want to express our admiration, love, and appreciation for all that he’s done for the School, for our alumni, and for current and future students.”

Presented by the USC Alumni Association at Town & Gown, the senior alumni group’s luncheon drew a broad cross-section of the alumni and university communities, including senior administrators, academic deans and retired faculty members, as well as the most senior member of the Half Century Trojans: Juanita Feeder ’32, who will celebrate her 101st birthday on Nov. 20.

Scott M. Mory, chief executive officer of the USC Alumni Association, introduced Nikias and first lady Niki Nikias, who took a break from the inauguration festivities to greet the crowd.

Half Century Trojans president Janet Eddy ’53, MS ’78, PhD ’91 recognized the newest members of the Half Century Trojans, the Class of 1960, whose 50th reunion committee co-chair, Barbara Myers Cotler ’60, shared memories about her days as a USC undergraduate.

Eddy also recognized another group celebrating a golden milestone in 2010: the Trojan Guild of Los Angeles, which she helped found and served as president. Paying tribute to this group, Eddy presented an award to the organization’s current president, Kay Maselter PhD ’83.

Dann Angeloff ’58, MBA ’63, the chair of the Half Century Trojans awards committee, presented the Distinguished Service Award to longtime volunteer Jea Morf Baran ’48.
Reflecting on the day’s celebrations, former Half Century Trojans president Millie Farnsworth ’46 said, “Oct. 15 will loom large in our memories. To feel so completely united with all of the members of the Trojan Family is remarkable. We certainly achieved it on this once-in-a-lifetime day.”

— With additional material by Beth Dunham. Photo by Nick Clark.