Warren Paul Scott, first chairman of the USC School of Cinematography (now the School of Cinema and Television), has died in Chicago.
Scott was 77 and died Oct. 26 at a son's home there, it was learned this week.
He was a 1925 Santa Monica High School graduate and received a political science degree from Pomona College in 1929. He did doctoral research in China, Japan and Mexico and then joined USC's history faculty in 1934.
The USC cinema school had started in 1929 as a single class, Introduction to the Photoplay, said Herbert Farmer, now an associate dean of the cinema school but a student when Scott taught there.
Speakers from the industry, including executive Irving Thalberg and actor Conrad Nagel, would lecture as would USC professors.
As the film industry grew, so did interest in it and by the mid-1930s the single class had become several and a separate department was formed.