Profiles

Derek Leonard '96
New York Stories
From Winter 2002: The horror, the heroes, and the hole in the sky: Seven Oxy alumni share their tales of the city on 9/11
Peter Quint '21, author of Resilient Silence
Silent Running
Peter Quint ’87 channels his life experiences—as an educator, athlete, and advocate for the Deaf—into his debut novel, Resilient Silence
Dr. Anthony Fauci and Kate Rope '95
Draft Doctors
Journalist Kate Rope ’95 documents a little-known program during the Vietnam War that produced cutting-edge medical research, nine Nobel laureates, and the nation's best-known immunologist
Filmmaker Cooper Raiff '19
From S#!%house to the Penthouse
Cooper Raiff ’19’s coming-of-age movie with an unprintable name became the Cinderella story of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. He only had to drop out of Oxy to complete it
Namandjé Bumpus ’03
The Biology of Changemaking
With heart, energy, and a passion for research, Namandjé Bumpus ’03 becomes a role model for others as a trailblazing director at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Ming Cho Lee '53 in 2003
The Play's the Thing
From Summer 2003: Designer, professor, and Medal of Arts recipient Ming Cho Lee '53 reflects on half a century's work in American theater
Dr. Kimberly Shriner '80
Making It Work
From remote worship to online meditation, and testing to teaching, these six alumni have mobilized in the fight against COVID-19
Compton Cowboys founder Randy Hook
Urban Cowboy
Whether he's ranching. riding, or rapping, Compton Cowboys leader Randy Hook '12 brings swagger to the saddle
Karen and Steve Casner
Islands in the Stream
Steve Casner ’73 and wife Karen ’74 share a love for Occidental—and have endowed a computer science professorship to build on that protocol

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