The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is housed in the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center. The Neo-Formalist building was designed by renowned architect Edward Durell Stone and was dedicated in 1973. The building’s three stories and basement include wet laboratories, classrooms and office spaces. The center’s exterior is surrounded by brick archways and features a central courtyard with a fountain. The Andrus Center’s namesake is the celebrated educator and advocate for older adults Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.
The Andrus Gerontology Center
The first woman in California to lead a secondary school as principal, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus (1884-1967) advocated for retired educators struggling to survive on meager pensions. In 1947, she founded the National Retired Teachers Association to provide low-cost insurance programs for former educators. Thousands of non-teachers asked Dr. Andrus to advocate for them as well, and in response, she and Leonard Davis founded the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in 1958.
Construction of the Andrus Gerontology Center was largely funded through donations made in Andrus’ memory by more than 400,000 individual AARP members. That early spirit of collaboration forms the foundation of our building and remains evident throughout our classrooms and laboratories today.
Facilities at the School
The facilities of the USC Leonard Davis School support our research, education and service activities and bring our community together. The School is home to several laboratories, classrooms and meeting spaces, the Sophie Davis Art Gallery and more.