Arnold Eddy Volunteer Service Award
In 1992, in honor of Arnold Eddy, who served as Permanent Master of the Society from 1942 to 1955, the Skull and Dagger Society established the Arnold Eddy Volunteer Service Award. The award is presented annually at the Initiation Breakfast to a current member of the Society who has demonstrated exemplary volunteer service to the University of Southern California.
The 2015 recipient are Jane and Gale Bensussen:
Jane and Gale Bensussen (USC ’69 and ‘70, Skull and Dagger (2011 and 2001) are the 2015 recipients of the Arnold Eddy Volunteer Service Award. The Eddy award is presented annually to that member of the Society whose volunteer service to the University of Southern California is exemplary. The Award is named in memory of Arnold Eddy (1923), who served as Executive Director of the USC Alumni Association from 1944 to 1960 and as Permanent Master of the Skull and Dagger Society from 1942 to 1955.
Jane and Gale Bensussen met in 1967 at USC. Gale was a junior and Jane had just started graduate school. In less than a year, they were married and finishing their education at USC though Gale was called to the Army Reserves for six months. Gale received his B.S. from the Marshall School of Business in 1970; Jane received her M.A. from the College in 1969.
While building their careers and raising son Lane and daughter Adrienne, they kept their Trojan friends and cheered all things cardinal and gold. Gale graduated from Southwestern Law and became a member of the California Bar. His interest in nutritional science kept him engaged in the supplement industry most of his career. He was President of Leiner Health products for many years and is now the Chief Executive Officer of Doctor’s Best, a science-based nutrition company. Jane was a Vice President with Daniel Freeman Hospitals – retiring after 23 years with the corporation.
Gale and Jane have never been far from the University of Southern California. Gale’s dedication to the School of Pharmacy resulted from years of service on the school’s Board of Councilors, including multiple years as chairman. The Bensussens established a research laboratory in 2007 and have recently announced a new competitive research grant for students in the Pharmacy School. Gale was named an honorary alumnus in 1999.
Gale was honored to serve in 2004-2005 as the President of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, followed by a five-year term on the USC Board of Trustees. He continues as a member of the Alumni President’s Council. In recognition of his commitment to USC, Gale was formally initiated into his fraternity Phi Delta Theta while serving as a university trustee.
Jane served 13 years on the Davis School of Gerontology Board of Councilors. She completed a three-year term on the Alumni Association Board of Governors in 2014. She is currently the President of Town and Gown of USC, the oldest and largest women’s support group at USC. Jane is also a past president of Trojan Guild of LA and a member of Trojan League of LA and the Keck Trojan Society of Hospitals. She chaired the USC Women’s Conference in its second year in 2010. Jane received the Alumni Association President’s Award in 2009.
In honor of the university’s 125th anniversary, Gale and Jane created a History Station near the Town and Gown building to showcase the USC women’s organizations. Their shared passion for USC is reflected in their mentoring of students, hosting student SCendoffs and Admitted Student Receptions in their home. They are members of Cardinal and Gold, Women of Troy and The Associates.
It was a touchstone moment for Jane and Gale to become members of Skull and Dagger. It seems their Trojan Spirit has been a true inspiration for service to the university community. They jointly received the Alumni Association’s Service Award in 2010.
The following is a list of past recipients of this award: