Dr. Robert J. McKenna of San Marino, a surgical oncologist and former director of the USC Cancer Center's Regional Activities Program, has been named national president of the American Cancer Society. The society is a health agency made up of 2.3 million volunteers.
McKenna, who served as president of the Los Angeles unit in 1962-63 and state president from 1974 to 1976, has been chairman of the society's national Committee for Employment and Insurance Liability of Recovered Cancer Patients since 1974.
McKenna, 59, is affiliated with Inter-Community Medical Center in Covina, Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia, Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, Community Hospital of San Gabriel and Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora.
He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1947 and from Cornell Medical College in 1951. He is immediate past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology and is a clinical professor of surgery at USC Medical School.
Pomona College art professor and sculptor Norman P. Hines has been commissioned to create a sculptural centerpiece for a new industrial complex in Austin, Tex. His work will consist of seven pieces, each weighing 40 tons and standing 30 feet high. Hines will sculpt the works from marble quarried in Texas.
Dr. James M. Rosser, president of California State University, Los Angeles, has been elected president of the Los Angeles Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. One of the largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Area Council is comprised of 54,232 scouts in 1,981 troops. Before coming to Los Angeles, Rosser was vice chancellor of the New Jersey Department of Higher Education.
Gloria Kim Dillard was elected mayor of Bradbury at the City Council's annual reorganization meeting. Mayor pro-tem is Jeffrey Alkana. The other council members are Ronald Westmyer, John Richards and Robert B. Allen.