photo source: Melissa L. Miller, USC Hoose Library of Philosophy in Mudd Hall of Philosophy
Dr. Hoose was an important figure in Southern California history and pivotal to the history of USC and the department distinctions we know today. In 1891 he moved from New York to Pasadena, CA where he was engaged in fruit culture for five years before being elected Professor of Pedagogy and Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Southern California. Within a couple of years Dr. Hoose was also teaching courses in History and Economics and soon after added courses in Philosophy and Sociology. Dr. Hoose was truly progressive for his time when he asked his daughter, Helen Lillard, one of the few female professors, to teach all her his courses while he recovered from surgery in late 1902 to the end of the academic school year in 1903. After his return to he added Education and Law to his courseload. He was beloved by his colleagues and students.