Funeral services will be held Saturday for USC Trustee Barbara J. Rossier, namesake of the university’s Rossier School of Education.
Rossier died Sunday after a battle with lung cancer, according to the university. She was 78.
“The entire Trojan family mourns the passing of Barbara Rossier,” USC President C.L. Max Nikias said. “With her extraordinary energy, unshakable integrity and abiding commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities for everyone, she was an inspiration to us all.”
Rossier, a licensed clinical and educational psychologist, was president of the Orange County-based Rossier Educational & Mental Health Enterprises Inc, which provides mental health services for students at public and private schools.
She received master’s degree in educational guidance at USC in 1962 and later married fellow Trojan alum Roger Rossier, which whom she had two sons. In 1998, the couple donated $20 million to the USC School of Education, which at the time was the largest gift ever given to an educational school in the country.
Rossier became a USC trustee in 1999. She also served on the boards of directors of the Orange County High School of the Arts and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.
She is survived by her husband and sons, Dan and Steve; grandchildren Jennifer, Seth and Sophia; and daughters-in-law Linda and Anne.
A viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary in Santa Ana, followed by a memorial service at noon Saturday.
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