RFA honors Robert Baker at 32nd Street School
Street/USC Magnet School for Visual and Performing Arts, a member of the USC Family of Schools. The
gift was made in memory of Dr. Robert L. Baker, former RFA president and emeritus professor of the Rossier
School of Education. The fund was made possible by individual donations from Board members who chose the
32nd Street/USC Magnet School, in accordance with the Baker family’s wishes to support local public schools.
Phoebe Liebig, RFA president, presented the gift to the principal, Mr Ezequiel Gonzalez, a graduate of the Rossier
School. Attending the festivities were RFA Board members Kaaren Hoffman, Jack Sanders, Bob Stallings and Victor
M. Webb, along with Janette Brown, Executive Director of the USC Emeriti Center, and Kim Barrios Thomas, Director of the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative representing the USC Office of Civic Engagement. Kate Baker, Dr. Baker’s daughter, represented his family.
The USC guests were entertained by the school’s Jazz Band, with original poetry by drama students and
songs by music students. The students, principal and vice principal were extremely appreciative of the RFA’s gift.
Light refreshments were provided by the 32nd Street parents and certificates of appreciation were presented to all
USC personnel. The RFA visit ended with a brief tour of the school led by Mr. Gonzalez and parent, Guadalupe Lopez, marking a grand opportunity for the RFA to express its ongoing support for USC’s neighborhood schools.