In Memoriam

Barclay Simpson, BS 43, Business Leader and Philanthropist

Barclay Simpson, BS 43

Barclay Simpson, BS 43, a larger-than-life figure in business, arts, government, and philanthropy—and a passionate supporter of Haas and Berkeley—passed away November 8 at the age of 93. Simpson stood enthusiastically for economic innovation and social progress, equity and access to education for young people, and excellence in diverse spheres from the arts to business to athletics.

Barclay Simpson loved Cal wholeheartedly. He and his wife, Sharon, have left an indelible legacy across the campus. You see it from the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and from undergraduate scholarships to the Haas School of Business and the University Library. He and Sharon co-chaired the Campaign for Berkeley, which concluded in 2014 and raised $3.13 billion from more than 281,000 donors. In addition to his campaign work, Simpson served two terms as board president at BAM/PFA and as a UC Berkeley Foundation trustee.

He also founded one of the world’s most successful firms, Simpson Manufacturing, which builds structural connectors (Simpson Strong-Ties) that are the industry standard. He was an advocate for equity and access—for employees at his plants, for young people from underserved communities in the Bay Area, and for the general public. In 2006, he received the Chancellor’s Award in recognition of his many years of leadership and service to Berkeley and the UC Berkeley Foundation. The Haas School of Business named him its Business Leader of the Year in 2005. In 2013, he received the Berkeley Medal, the university’s highest honor, for his leadership and many contributions to society.

Barc is survived by his wife, Sharon, seven children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


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Charles Newman, BS 37
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Gregory Grossman, BS 41
Richard Croop, BS 42
George Pettygrove, BS 42
Hugh Steven, BS 42
Marina Kast, BS 43
Barclay Simpson, BS 43
Hancock Banning, BS 44
Mary Dee Karp, BS 44
Janet Beard, BS 46
Lee Halverstadt, BS 46, MBA 48
Corinne Tollini, BS 46
Robert Cutherell, BS 47
James Upp, BS 47
Norman Taylor, MBA 47
Robert Brorsen, BS 48
John Jacoby, BS 48
George Johnson, BS 48
Stanley Louie, BS 48
Dean Wright, BS 48
Paul Arenson, BS 49
Carol Auslen, BS 49
Edward Dermott, BS 49
Charles Nickles, BS 49, MBA 51
Arthur Benham, BS 50
Robert Cole, BS 50
Clay Petray, BS 50
Joseph Schwartz, BS 50
Neil Fulton, BS 51
Edgar Knox, BS 51
William Low, BS 51
Harold Warren, BS 51
Allan McKillop, PhD 51
Mike Azcona, BS 52, MBA 56
Douglas Hansen, BS 52
Richard Houston, BS 52
Albert Chan, BS 53
Duncan Curl, BS 54
Thomas Holmes, BS 54
Richard Armstrong, BS 55
Paul Jones, BS 55
Harold Romanowitz, MBA 56
Ronald Lamarre, BS 57
Andrew Barbera, BS 58
Paul Lipkin, BS 58
David Rosier, BS 58
Michel Vacheron, BS 60
Barry Silverman, BS 62, MBA 66
Robert Schultz, PhD 64
Richard Cutler, BS 65
Reynold Stelloh, BS 65
Robert Wueste, BS 65
Harold Cannell, MBA 65
Walter Guggenheimer, MBA 69
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Edgar Steele, MBA 73
Richard Harley, BS 74
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Timothy Dorr, BS 78
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Mark Ausen, BS 80
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