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May 4, 2008 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Ahmed M. Abdel-Ghaffar, a USC professor of engineering whose pioneering work in the design and monitoring of bridges led to the development of more efficient and reliable ways to build them, has died. He was 60. Abdel-Ghaffar died April 17 at Torrance Memorial Medical Center from complications of liver disease, said his son Samy of San Francisco. As a graduate student at Caltech in the early 1970s, Abdel-Ghaffar conducted seminal research on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which links San Pedro to Terminal Island.
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June 20, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez and Richard Winton
An initial appearance in federal court in Los Angeles is expected Thursday for Walter Lee Williams, a former USC professor charged with sex crimes against children. Williams , 64, was hiding in plain sight in Mexico, where he was arrested this week, Bill Lewis, FBI assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles office, said Wednesday. Williams was added to the  FBI 's 10- most-wanted fugitives list this week, arrested a day later and escorted by law enforcement authorities Wednesday night off a plane at  Los Angeles International Airport as he was returned to the U.S. He has been indicted for sex crimes against children overseas and was arrested Tuesday after he was spotted by a Mexican citizen who had seen the fugitive's photo in the newspaper, officials said.
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March 19, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The interview begins on a cheerful note. USC law professor Thomas Lyon asks a 4-year-old to tell him about her last birthday. She says she took ice cream, chocolate and cake, "mixed it up and ate it. " Then she shared some with her brothers. Lyon gently turns to the tragic matter at hand. "Tell me why you came to talk to me; tell me what happened," he asks the child, the only eyewitness to a homicide. At first she mumbles "hmm" a few times and rocks in her chair as Lyon repeats the question.
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June 19, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
U.S. officials are working with Mexican authorities to bring a former USC professor accused of sexually abusing children back into this country, FBI officials said. Walter Lee Williams, 64, was arrested Tuesday evening by Mexican authorities, Bill Lewis, FBI assistant director in charge, said in a statement. Williams was on the bureau's 10-most-wanted list. His image remained on the site Wednesday morning, with “captured” posted across the bottom. Williams was captured in Playa del Carmen along the Caribbean in the state of Quintana Roo, according to media reports in Mexico.
NEWS
October 13, 1991
Robert Tranquada, a professor of medicine at the USC Medical School, has been elected to succeed George F. Moody as chairman of the Pomona College Board of Trustees. Moody retired last year. Tranquada resigned as dean of the USC Medical School in June, but continues as a professor in the department of medicine. He has been a member of the Pomona College Board of Trustees since 1969.
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December 6, 1987
Dr Michael Bilitch, a noted cardiologist who was director of USC's pacemaker center, died Friday after a long battle with cancer, his family announced. He was 55. He was long involved in the field of cardiology and was a founding member and a president of the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology. He authored numerous articles and a book, "Heart Block," on the subject.
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March 28, 2009 | Times Staff Reports
Emery Stoops, 106, a USC alumnus, philanthropist and professor emeritus of the USC Rossiter School of Education, died Wednesday in Playa Vista, the university announced. Stoops taught at USC for 17 years before retiring in 1970. In 1994, he and his wife, educator Joyce King Stoops, created a $1.25-million trust fund to establish an educational administration chair in their names at the USC Rossiter School of Education. Two years later, an additional $2.25-million gift from the couple -- along with a $250,000 contribution from the Rita H. Small Charitable Trust -- endowed the chair in perpetuity.
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June 3, 2006 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
It doesn't seem possible to be a full-time professor of anesthesia and medicine at the USC School of Dentistry and travel for business 100 days a year. Not only is Stanley F. Malamed a hard-core road warrior, he enjoys it. "It's not even work; it's fun," he said. How much fun can it possibly be to have already flown nearly 100,000 miles this year? The travel is pleasurable for Malamed in part because he is passionate about his work.
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May 22, 2010 | From a Times Staff Writer
Ronald Gottesman, a retired USC English professor who co-edited the "Norton Anthology of American Literature: Volumes I and II" published in 1979, died May 10 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center of complications from pneumonia, USC announced. He was 77. Gottesman taught American literature and American studies at USC from 1975 to 2001. As a scholar, he specialized in American novelist Upton Sinclair, film studies including the work of Orson Welles and movie depictions of King Kong, and violence in American life.
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October 2, 1991
William W. Parsons, former assistant secretary of the Treasury Department during the Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower administrations and more recently a professor at USC's Graduate School of Public Administration, died Saturday at a Santa Monica hospital after a stroke. He was 79. Parsons returned to teach at his alma mater after serving in Washington throughout the 1950s, as vice president of the nonprofit System Development Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez and Richard Winton
A former USC professor who was indicted in sex crimes against children overseas arrived late Wednesday in Los Angeles after he was arrested in  Mexico , the FBI said. Walter Lee Williams, 64, who was added this week to the  FBI 's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list , was escorted by law enforcement authorities off a plane at Los Angeles International Airport. Williams  was apprehended Tuesday  after he was spotted by a Mexican citizen who had seen the fugitive's photo in a newspaper, said Bill Lewis, FBI assistant director in charge in Los Angeles.
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June 19, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Robert J. Lopez
A former USC professor who was indicted in sex crimes against children overseas was expected to arrive in Los Angeles as early as Wednesday night after he was captured in a coastal town in Mexico, federal authorities told The Times. Walter Lee Williams, 64, who was added this week to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list, was apprehended Tuesday after he was spotted by a Mexican citizen who had seen the fugitive's photo in a newspaper, said Bill Lewis, FBI assistant director in charge in Los Angeles.
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June 19, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A former USC professor who was indicted in sex crimes against children overseas was expected to arrive in Los Angeles as early as Wednesday night after he was captured in a coastal town in Mexico, federal authorities said. Walter Lee Williams, 64, who was added this week to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list, was apprehended Tuesday after he was spotted by a Mexican citizen who had seen the fugitive's photo in a newspaper, said Bill Lewis, FBI assistant director in charge in Los Angeles.
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June 19, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
U.S. officials were working with Mexican authorities Wednesday to extradite a former USC professor accused of sexually abusing children. Walter Lee Williams, 64, was captured Tuesday in Playa del Carmen along the Caribbean in the state of Quintana Roo, according to media reports in Mexico . He is currently in custody in Mexico and it's unclear when he will be returned to the United States to face charges. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said officials on both sides of the border were working through the " legal process.
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June 18, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
A former USC professor who was named this week as one of the FBI's most-wanted fugitives after being indicted for alleged sex crimes against children overseas has been captured in Mexico, the bureau said Tuesday night. Walter Lee Williams, 64, was arrested Tuesday evening by Mexican authorities, Bill Lewis, FBI assistant director in charge, said in a statement. Williams was on the bureau's 10-most-wanted list. Williams is charged with the sexual exploitation of children , traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, the FBI said.
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June 17, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A former USC professor was named Monday to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list after he was indicted for sex crimes against children abroad, FBI officials said. Walter Lee Williams, 64, became the 500th person named to the list, officials said. He faces charges of sexual exploitation of children, traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. Bureau officials said they had identified at least 10 alleged victims between the ages of 9 and 17. Many live in Third World countries, officials said, adding that Williams has traveled extensively or lived across Southeast Asia and Polynesia, including the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.
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June 14, 2011
JOHN HOSPERS 1st Libertarian presidential candidate John Hospers, 93, a USC philosophy professor who became the Libertarian Party's first presidential nominee and received one electoral vote in the 1972 election won by Richard Nixon in a landslide, died Sunday in Los Angeles, the Libertarian Party announced. The cause was not disclosed. The newly formed Libertarian Party nominated Hospers and running mate Tonie Nathan at its first convention, held in Colorado in 1972.
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January 22, 2010
Stan Thomas Head of high school sports federation Stan Thomas, 78, who served as commissioner of the California Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section from 1986 until 1993, when he was forced to resign over disputed expense-account reports, died Wednesday at an Orange County hospital after a heart attack. Thomas, who lived in Fullerton, had been battling illnesses for the last 11 years, according to his son, Chris. As commissioner of the body that governs high school sports, Thomas was credited with improving relations among the state's various high school organizations and praised for his administrative and managerial skills.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Michael Miller
When David St. John makes his annual pilgrimage to Moonstone Beach, he looks at the crashing tide and recalls his incarnations from years past. Sometimes, he envisions the child who splashed with wonder in the tide pools, or the teenager who piled in the car with friends for surfing trips. Other times, he sees the middle-aged poet who used the waves as a recurring backdrop. At different phases of his life, the ocean has signified adventure, mortality or hard-earned wisdom; he's sure that other epiphanies will come.
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May 21, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, ]This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Earlier this month, USC students and alumni were gloating about how their school had hired two top neuroscientists from UCLA, and UC system officials said they were upset by the loss. This week, however, UC announced that it has wooed away a prominent USC faculty member and former administrator at that campus. Howard Gillman, a longtime USC political science professor and former dean of the university's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has been appointed provost and executive vice chancellor of UC Irvine.
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