In Memoriam

Haas Professor Emeritus Joseph Garbarino

ALUM_obit-Garbarino

Professor Emeritus Joseph W. Garbarino, who served Haas for 39 years, died Oct. 18, 2016, at age 96. In addition to his academic career, Garbarino was a veteran of both WWII and the Korean War.

Garbarino was born in Medina, N.Y., and earned a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and a PhD in economics from Harvard. He came to UC Berkeley in 1949 with a joint appointment at Haas and the Institute of Industrial Relations. He taught primarily economics, industrial relations, compensation, and collective bargaining. Garbarino’s principal research interests were wage and income policy, health economics, and faculty and professional unionism. He authored numerous books and articles.

In 1961, he was appointed director of the Institute of Business and Economic Research and served in that capacity for 27 years until his retirement in 1988—one of the longest-serving directors of a research unit on campus. Berkeley awarded him its Citation for Distinguished Achievement and Notable Service. In the 1960s, as director of the PhD program, Garbarino was instrumental in updating the curriculum from its focus on economics to include other social sciences, particularly psychology and sociology. He also served as a labor arbitrator in the Bay Area and nationally from 1960 to 2000, overseeing more than 400 cases.

Garbarino was married to the former Mary Jane Godward for 65 years and is survived by four daughters: Ann and Joan of Berkeley, Susan of Oakland, and Ellen of Sydney, along with five grandchildren.


Charles O’Toole, BS 41
Myrnie Ross, BS 43
Donald Simon, BS 43
James Dwyer, BS 47
William Nilson, BS 47
Ernest Welch, BS 47
Charles Mower, BS 49
Donald O’Connor, BS 49
Richard Strong, BS 49
Robert Jensen, BS 50
Nancy Kelso, BS 50
Alice May, BS 50
Eugene O’Sullivan, BS 50
Boyd Quinn, BS 50
Jack Atwell, BS 51
Paul Baumann, BS 51
Dewitt Leitch, BS 51
Edward Tocci, BS 51
James Graham, BS 52
Caroline Lucetti, BS 52
James McPherson, BS 54
Thomas Light, BS 55
Irene Rodden, BS 55
Delano Schroeder, BS 56, MBA 61
Ray Stone, BS 56
Robert Bolinder, MBA 58
Frederick Fischle, BS 59
Chester MacPhee, BS 59
William Buckley, MBA 59
James Barrons, BS 60
Donald Newell, BS 60
C Alexander, MBA 60
Marshall Sparks, BS 64, MBA 65
Lawrence Curtice, BS 65
Andrew Kritscher, BS 65
Jerry Bramwell, MBA 65
John Dodge, MBA 65
John McCardle, BS 66
John Bock, MBA 67
Douglas Jones, MBA 67
Christopher Nelsen, MBA 71
Bernard Smith, MBA 76
Robert Gilbert, Friend
Raymond Kelley, Friend
Betty Jane Roth, Friend

[Back to top]