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October 17, 2007

Most Active Alumni

USC Honors Herb Farmer ’42

By James Tella

“In many ways, Herb has been the glue that has held together the USC School of Cinematic Arts,” said Renov.
USC’s Half-Century Club honored Emeritus Professor Herb Farmer ’42 with its Most Active Alumni Award at the club’s luncheon for the class of 1957 during Trojan Parents’ Weekend on Friday, October 12.

As caretakers of USC history and tradition, Half Century Trojans are uniquely positioned to promote the Trojan Spirit and to strengthen the bonds that connect USC alumni across generations. The Alumni Association invites the distinguished group into the Half-Century Club beginning with their 50th class reunion.

“In the running world, there are marathoners and there are ultra-marathoners—those who run distances of 100 miles or more,” said Associate Dean Michael Renov to the gathered guests, which included Provost C.L. Max Nikias and members of Farmer’s family. “Herb Farmer is the School of Cinematic Arts’ ultra-marathoner.”

Before presenting the former professor of film technology and distribution with his award, Renov touched upon Farmer’s extensive equipment archives, which people will see as part of the rotating collections in a public space central to the new cinematic arts complex.

“They will serve as a great reminder of the long history of cinema,” added Renov.

“I’ve been on campus since I came to USC as a freshman in 1938 and this award means a great deal to me,” said Farmer, who has marveled in the changes he’s seen on the University Park Campus over the years. “The possibilities ahead and putting them to good use are not just based on technology or individuals alone. The advantage is the combination of both and making those improvements meaningful when they’re put to use.”

“In many ways, Herb has been the glue that has held together the USC School of Cinematic Arts,” said Renov. “He is our memory, the custodian of our hallowed past, and the bridge to a dynamic future.”