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Thanks to late USC professor

October 18, 2009

I was pleased to read Laurie Winer's excellent article in Sunday's Calendar section ("At USC, Classes Beyond Canons," Oct. 11).

There have been a number of articles this year in praise of the distinguished faculty that taught at the school, but so far one of the most important members has not, to my knowledge, been recognized for his singular efforts to bring so many of these artists to the school. The late Raymond Kendall was a dynamic and persuasive professor and administrator whose almost single-handed efforts brought Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and William Primrose, among others, to the faculty. I was working at the music school in 1964 as an assistant to the dean and came to know most of the people mentioned in the article. They all held Kendall in high esteem.

Kenneth C. Adams

Pacific Palisades

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