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Widow of former USC president

June 13, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Marilyn Edwards Zumberge, 83, widow of former USC President James H. Zumberge, died of cancer Sunday at her home in Pasadena, the university announced.

Born Feb. 24, 1925, in Oak Park, Ill., she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at what is now Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.

After marrying in 1947, she accompanied her husband in his academic career. He was a geologist and Antarctic expert who became president of USC in 1980. He resigned in 1990 and died of brain cancer two years later.

While living in the L.A. area, she volunteered her time in support of USC and other local institutions. USC's Science Hall was rededicated as Zumberge Hall in honor of James and Marilyn Zumberge in 2003, and a scholarship fund in their names was established in 1985.

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