Photo above: Breaking ground for the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center in 1971.
Conducting Groundbreaking Research
When Dr. Andrus died in 1967, Davis launched the effort to create a memorial for her. AARP members and senior living community developer Ross Cortese led the fundraising campaign for the memorial.
This effort launched the USC Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, the first major research institution devoted solely to the study of aging. Dedicated in 1973, the Center laid the groundwork for the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, which was established two years later in the Andrus Center building.
The Center remains the location for interdisciplinary research to investigate multiple processes of aging and their impacts on people, organizations and society, and the home for the USC Leonard Davis School.
“The Center continues to be an appropriate tribute to Dr. Andrus, and one that I’m very proud of,” Davis told the AARP in a 1988 interview. “I don’t think we could have honored her better.”
Pioneers Then, Leaders Now
Today, USC Leonard Davis is ever-evolving, continually expanding our offerings — while our mission remains unchanged. We take pride in being the first to make discoveries and launch initiatives that advance our field and shape the future.