Helen Dedeaux, Wife Of Legendary USC Head Coach Rod Dedeaux, Dies

March 15, 2007

LOS ANGELES -- Helen Dedeaux, wife of the late legendary USC baseball head coach Rod Dedeaux, died Saturday (March 10) at the age of 92.

The Dedeauxs were married for 66 years until Rod passed away on Jan. 5, 2006.

A mass funeral will take play on Tuesday (March 20) at 10 a.m. at the Incarnation Catholic Church in Glendale (1001 N. Brand Blvd.).

In lieu of flowers, the Dedeaux family has requested that donations be made to: 'Town & Gown of USC, Inc.-Helen Dedeaux Scholarship,' c/o Jan Artenian, 11 Ocean Vista, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

Helen served as the 'Team Mom' during Rod's 45-year tenure as head coach (1942-86), as the Trojans won 11 national championships, including an unprecedented five straight titles from 1970-74. Rod was named 'Coach of the Century' by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 1999.

As president of USC's Town and Gown from 1970-72, Helen was extensively involved in many University and community support groups. She served as president of the Trojan League of Los Angeles from 1974-76, as well as being a member of the USC Faculty Wives' Club, USC Friends of Art, the Muses and the Half Century Club.

Her work among local charities included the League for Crippled Children, the Childrens' Hospital, Orthopedic Hospital and the Sisters of Social Service Auxiliary.

She is listed in the 'Who's Who In American Art' for her achievements in oil painting. She helped Rod to start the successful Dart Transportation and Warehouse company. Helen received her master's degree from USC in fine arts and was a graduate at North Hollywood High School.

She is survived by sons Justin and Terry and daughters Michele and Denise and nine grandchildren, including current redshirt freshman pitcher Adam Dedeaux.

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