The University of Southern California has announced an $8 million bequest from Edward Judd Zobelein in support of the USC Thornton School of Music and affiliated nonprofit classical music station KUSC 91.5 FM.
A lifelong classical music enthusiast and longtime listener of the station, Zobelein, who died in 2017, played the flute and piccolo. His great-grandfather, George Zobelein, son of a master brewer, emigrated from Germany to Los Angeles in 1869 and established the Eastside Brewing Co. As a youth, Edward Zobelein regularly attended concerts with his grandmother, Eva Barbara Zobelein, including the annual concerts of the Los Angeles Flute Club at what is now the Newman Recital Hall at USC. The gift includes $6 million for USC Thornton and $2 million for KUSC.
"Edward Judd Zobelein lived and breathed classical music," said his sister, Linda Zobelein Koss, an alumna of the USC Roski School of Art and Design. "He found total solace and peace in playing his flute, going to concerts at the Hollywood Bowl or Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and listening daily to KUSC. Although Ed did not attend college, the Zobelein family connection/legacy to USC spans multiple generations, which is why he chose to donate to the university."