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Jody Jacobs

USC Medical School Marks 100th Year

May 24, 1985

The Trojan Marching Band, 15 strong, will be there right at the beginning. New York's Michael Carney and his band pick up the musical beat a little later. Then comes the dining (food by Rococo), the dancing, the entertainment and loads of hurrahs.

And that's the way the USC School of Medicine, founded as the university's second school in 1885 by Dr. Joseph Pomeroy Widney, will celebrate its 100th birthday June 6 in the Central Plaza of the Health Sciences Campus. Centennial Year chairmen Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy Galpin and Centennial Gala chairman Mrs. John Kristoffer Popovich have decreed that it's to be a Black and White Gala, which means black tie for the men and silver, white or black for the women. If everyone sticks to the dress plan it should be a feast for the eyes.

The good guy in this scenario is Richard K. Eamer, chief executive officer of National Medical Enterprises and the gala's benefactor. The Parents Council and Dr. James Chinn get credit as Centennial scholarship sponsors. The USC board of trustees (among them Gavin S. Herbert, Gordon C. Luce, John C. Argue, Wallis Annenberg, Kenneth T. Norris Jr., Mrs. Simon Ramo, Raymond Watt, Gin D. Wong and William Wrigley) and the Centennial Gala Host Committee (Mrs. Walter Karabian, Wallace Booth, Dr. and Mrs. Allen Mathies Jr., Philip Hawley, Dr. John House, Richard Seaver and loads more) are all working mightily to make this a rah-rah night.

Monday night at the Mark Taper Forum, Gordon Davidson and some very talented people let members of the Music Center's Amazing Blue Ribbon in on backstage secrets and what it takes to become an actor. What it all boiled down to was hard work (in addition to talent) with vocal, fencing, dance and exercise classes--and more. Choreographer-dancer Carmen de Lavallade was part of the lively demonstration. Later the guests, about 450 of them, walked across the plaza to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to dine on Brazilian food.

The evening was a stylish farewell for Blue Ribbon's Nancy Livingston, who began this "Other Side of the Curtain" series during her term as Blue Ribbon's executive president. (Actually Nancy has one more appearance to make, this one at the Blue Ribbon board meeting June 20 where she'll turn over her presidential duties to Keith Kieschnick.) Nancy planned this final event with help from Terry Stanfill on the dinner arrangements.

Among those picking up on the theatrical know-how were Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Childs, Hannah and Ed Carter, the Eli Broads, Tamara Asseyev, Toni Zellerbach Haber, Mrs. Paul Erskine, Doris Factor, Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Fein, Doris Fields Heller with Jacques Camus, Lita and Morton Heller, Joan and John Hotchkis, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hunt, Carolbeth and Lester Korn, Roslyn and Henry Kramer, Keith and Bill Kieschnick, La Vetta King, Martin Manulis, Gladys and Armand Oppenheim, Beverly and Joe Mitchell, Rosalind and Dr. Hal Millstone, Nancy and Sid Petersen and Sylvia and Franklin Simon.

The Social Scramble: William H. Kobin, president and chief executive officer of KCET, will host a reception Wednesday night at the studio's Stage B for the cast and creators of "Paper Angels," a KCET production for "American Playhouse." A screening of "Paper Angels" follows, and after that guests will feast on a Chinese buffet created by Madame Wu's Garden, the gift of KCET board member Madame Sylvia Wu.

Tom Corcoran and his madcap sense of humor, his gold chains and bracelets and his managerial skills (for years he managed Carol Burnett's career) moved to the East Coast a few years back, leaving a void here. Well, Tom's coming back at least for the summer (as are Polly Bergen and her husband, Jeff Endervelt, who have leased a house for a few months). The other night Tom was at his best, hosting a party for Joan Rivers and her husband, Edgar Greenberg, with his good friend Marcie Goldberg at New York's Le Club. "I promised Joan," the host told us, "that I'd have a party for them when Edgar was well." Now fully recovered from his heart problems, Edgar was happily mingling at Le Club with New York Daily News publisher James Hoge; Dina Merrill and Cliff Robertson; the Endervelts; the Astoria Studios' George Kaufman and his wife, Cheri; Lynn von Furstenberg (Egon was in Milan, and she's finishing up the redecorating on their New York apartment); Revlon's Dan Moriarty; Kimberly and Jonathan Farkas of the retailing clan; Betsy von Furstenberg and her new husband, Jack Reynolds (he's a business partner of real estate tycoon Henry Helmsley), and Robert Nederlander with Gladys Rachmil (they've been an item for some time).

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