Manas Boujikian (’59) was honored with the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region Legacy Award for 2013.
Hal Mintz (’57), president and chief executive officer of HM Associates, is serving his fourth term on Loyola Law School Alumni Board of Governors.
Michael D. Antonovich (’63), Los Angeles County supervisor for the Fifth District, delivered a speech at the World Economic Forum DAVOS in Dalian, China.
Barry Goldfarb (’68), an entrepreneur who owns three successful wineries in California, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, from Colorado State University.
Bernard Luskin (’61) was selected as the new interim president at Moorpark College.
Lee Baca (’71) retired as Los Angeles County Sheriff. (AT LEFT)
Richard Baptie (’71), senior vice president and head of the Southern California office of Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, was elected to the Board of Trustees for Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).
Yasmin J. Delahoussaye (’75) has been appointed interim president of Los Angeles Southwest College. (AT LEFT)
Janice Maran (’74, ’77 M.S.) retired as a teacher and women’s tennis coach at Orange Coast College.
David S. Milton (’75) retired as Los Angeles Superior Court judge.
Denton (Denny) Mosier (’73) is chair of the city of Pomona Planning Commission and a member of the Community Impact Advisory Council of the Inland Empire United Way.
Gary Ernst (’82) has joined the team of expert mortgage advisers at Samuel Scott Financial Group in San Diego.
Danee Hazama (’85), a professional photographer, has photographs on display at the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum through April 20.
Janet Elizabeth Lynn (’86 M.A.), a semi-retired clinical speech and language pathologist, published her seventh novel, North of the Pier, in December. (AT LEFT)
Thomas McKernan (’81, ’85 M.A.), chairman of the Automobile Club of Southern California, received the Horatio Alger Award.
Linda Thor (’80 M.A.) has been appointed to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Robert Aristo (’91, ’94 credential) is the school psychologist at Thurston Middle School in Laguna Beach Unified School District.
Richard J. Arnold (’97), a retired San Gabriel Police Department captain, has published a book on the history of the city, entitled San Gabriel.
Katherine Fundukian-Thorossian (’91 M.S.) is the superintendent of schools for Monrovia Unified School District.
Elisa Grainger (’91) was appointed to chief financial officer of American Spectrum Realty, Inc.
Susan Rosvall (’94 M.A.) has published her first novel, Silence is Broken, through Dog Ear Publishing. (AT LEFT)
Ramiro Rubalcaba (’98, ’08 M.A.) is the principal at Azusa High School.
Marcus Carroll (’08) is the new track coach at Monterey Peninsula College.
Jesse Deaner (’12) graduated from Class XVI at Verdugo Fire Academy and is currently working as an emergency medical technician for an ambulance company in Los Angeles.
Addison Peterson (’13) has been named an Assembly fellow in the office of Assemblyman Chris Holden.
Cal State L.A. remembers our distinguished alumni and faculty who have recently died:
Marian Crowell Bessette (’49) was a professional musician and distinguished music instructor who performed with the Roger Wagner Chorale and made many appearances on radio, TV and in public after graduation. Crowell Bessette was the 19th person granted admission when the college was founded in 1947. She organized the campus’ original choir and band and served as the first secretary of the Alumni Association. She wrote the university’s Alma Mater:
All hail to thee, our alma mater dear!
We sing with faith and pride thy praises far and near.
We dedicate our lives to truth and peace and right,
To give the world the torch of freedom’s light.
Hail, All Hail!
- Marian Crowell Bessette (’49)
Raúl P. Arreola (’52) was a longtime educator who struggled to bring equality to Eastside schools and improve educational outcomes for Latino students.
Arnold Dowdy (’73) was a longtime city administrator in Grover Beach, serving as city manager from 1974 to 1991, interim city manager in 2001 and as a member of the Grover Beach Parks, Recreation and Beautification Commission after retirement.
Joseph Gatto (’57, ’62 M.A.) was the founder and department chairman of the visual arts department at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and taught courses at Pierce College, Cal State Northridge, Cal State L.A., Otis College of Art and Design and the Art Center during his 45 years as an educator.
Emilie Harrington (’67) worked for 37 years in the field of education for Los Angeles city schools and the Hesperia School District.
Charles J. Inacker was a faculty member, chair, associate chair and dean for the College of Business and Economics.
Lillian Kawasaki (’72, ’80 M.S.) was a veteran Los Angeles city administrator who spearheaded major initiatives to protect air and water quality as the first head of the Environmental Affairs Department.
Irving Kett, emeritus professor of civil engineering, was instrumental in developing the survey course, a core course in the civil engineering curriculum.
Lisa Lancaster (’81, ’84 M.S.) worked for decades in the health care sector administering nutritional and health aid to low-income women and children at South Los Angeles Health Projects.
Patti (Whitney) Laursen (’50) was an internationally renowned classical music recording producer who produced a discography of distinguished recordings primarily for the Capitol, Angel, and EMI labels. She was nominated for the “Classical Producer of the Year” Grammy in 1990.
Stuart Martell Dunn (’67), a longtime educator in the San Gabriel Valley, taught at El Monte City School District and later became principal at Cherrylee, Wilkerson, Gidley and Cleminson schools.
Gordon B. Severance, emeritus professor of business law, joined the faculty in 1958 and became a lead co-author of Contemporary Business Law, (McGraw-Hill), a college text that circulated nationally in five revisions for the next 20 years. Severance was elected to Monterey Park City Council and became mayor in 1962. (AT LEFT)
Henry Alfred Talifer (’05 M.A.) was a practicing attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office at LAX, and an active member of the State Bar of California.
Ruth Wu, dean emeritus, was chair of the Nursing Department and acting associate dean of the School of Fine and Applied Arts before eventually becoming founding dean of the School of Health and Human Services.