Richard Proctor ('54) was awarded the Parker Medal of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.
John E. Huerta (’65), retired general counsel of the Smithsonian Institute, was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Henry (Hank) Peralez (’63), a broker associate with Realty Executives Big Bear Lake, was appointed to the Big Bear City Airport Board of Directors. (AT LEFT)
John Thom (’65) has published his latest novel, The Madagascar Pigeon.
Rick Bagley (’79 M.A., ’91 M.A.) has been named superintendent of the Ross Valley School District.
Larry Herrera (’74) is city clerk of Long Beach.
Paul Hewitt (’74 M.A.) is the new superintendent of Fayetteville Public Schools in Arkansas.
Scott LaChasse (’71), police chief of Burbank, has been presented the William Saroyan Award for Community Activism.
Oralia Michel (’77), owner and president of Omagen Inc., was named to the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the environmental nonprofit group Heal the Bay. (AT LEFT)
Ramon “Ray” Silver (’71) will assume the interim city administrator post in Ketchum, Idaho.
Hiroshi Eto (’84 M.S.) is director of district 5 of the Federal Way Public Schools Board of Education in Washington. (AT LEFT)
Kathy Potter (’81) is the coordinator of borrower services for the Missouri Student Loan Group and is a guest director with William Woods University’s theater department.
Marvin Roberts (’95, ’99 M.S.) was recently appointed assistant vice president for Student Engagement and Diversity at Utah State University.
Ralph Terrazas (’95 M.S.) has been appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the city’s next fire chief.
Robert Velasquez (’99) was promoted to executive director of Ernst & Young LLP’s Assurance practice in Los Angeles. (AT LEFT)
Marisela Cervantes (’00) was recently appointed director of Community Partnerships for the California State University Chancellor’s Office. (AT LEFT)
Danny Hammer (’07) is the location sound mixer for CBS’ “Lucky Dog.”
Jennifer Jackson (’00 M.A.), an academic advisor at Cal State L.A., released her debut picture book, The Punkydoos Take the Stage, published by Disney-Hyperion on July 1.
Melvin Jones ('00) is an educator in the Long Beach Unified District and currently serve as an independent study teacher/social studies department head.
Perla Vilhjalmsdottir (’01 M.S., M.A.) has been appointed national trainer for Center for Discovery.
Bo Kyung Kim (’13) published a poetry book, A Multicultural Song That I Sing Alone.
Douglas L. Currell, professor emeritus of chemistry, was an expert in the chemistry and biochemistry of hemoglobin. Currell was a co-founder of the Chemistry Department, served as its chair and later became associate dean of the School of Letters and Science.
Richard Diaz (’70) was longtime director of the Riordan Leadership Institute Programs at the Los Angeles Junior Chamber Charity Foundation.
Samuel Robb Edmonds (’69) worked at Douglas Oil Company after graduation and later became the dean of students at DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Victoria M. "Vickie" Fisher (’80 M.A.) and her husband reenacted historical eras for schools and historical societies with their business, Living History Interpretations.
Sylvia T. Horowitz was an adjunct lecturer in chemistry at Cal State L.A. In retirement, she co-authored a popular book on the science of cancer.
Sue Kint (’73), the founder and CEO of international consulting and trading firm Kint and Associates, was a prominent Orange County businesswoman and respected civic leader.
Seymour Levitan, emeritus professor of clinical psychology, specialized in counseling and served as department chair from 1965-67.
Larry Moss (’57, ’64 M.A.) was news director at KPFK Radio and a highly sought after dialect coach.
Helen Nelson (’65 (M.A.) was a longtime educator in South Pasadena and La Canada Flintridge schools.
Bruce Wayne Philpott (’71), former police chief of Pasadena, had a lengthy career in public service and was co-founder and board president of Day One, a Pasadena nonprofit focused on addressing issues of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
Richard Brian Powers (’62) was a novelist, playwright, mime performer, professor and educator.
Kenneth J. Pratt, emeritus professor of history, taught courses in ancient, medieval and Roman history.
Catherine “Cathie” Marie Ritch (’70) taught in the Mountainview School District in El Monte for 18 years, then worked the rest of her career at Ridgeview School in Yakima.
Robert H. Simmons, emeritus professor of political science, helped develop the department’s public administration program.
John Sanger (’12) was a former chief financial officer of L.A. Eyeworks.
Gunjik Sikand, emeritus professor of civil engineering and beloved friend to the University, founded Sikand Engineering Associates and established The Sikand Foundation.
Joe Soldate, professor emeritus of art, was an influential art professor specializing in ceramics. His formula for clay, Soldate 60, is widely used in classrooms to this day.
William Wong (’73) was an entrepreneur, opening a clothing manufacturing business that he and his wife ran for 26 years.