In Memoriam

Paul Otellini, MBA 74, Former Intel CEO

Paul Otellini, MBA 74, Former Intel CEO

Former Intel CEO Paul S. Otellini, MBA 74, an innovator who left his mark on the computing industry and inspired a global workforce, died Oct. 2 at his home in Sonoma County. He was 66.

The first non-engineer to lead Santa Clara-based Intel, Otellini guided the semiconductor chip and microprocessor company to new heights from 2005 until his retirement in 2013. During his eight-year tenure as CEO, Otellini grew the company’s sales from $34 billion in 2005 to $53 billion in 2012—more revenue than Intel generated during the company’s previous 45 years. He served in many roles at Intel, including chief of staff to former CEO and co-founder Andy Grove, executive vice president and general manager of the architecture group and of the sales and marketing group, and chief operating officer.

Otellini maintained a lifelong connection with Berkeley Haas, which he said laid the foundation for his success. He served on the Haas School Board from 2002–2003 and he and his wife, Sandy, were early benefactors to the Chou Hall capital fund, giving $1 million to the new building, which opened in August. He was honored as Haas’ Business Leader of the Year in 2006.

Born in San Francisco in 1950, Otellini received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of San Francisco in 1972 before earning his Berkeley MBA. Otellini is survived by his wife, Sandy; mother, Evelyn; son, Patrick; daughter, Alexis; grandchildren, Nico and Mia; and brother, Rev. Msgr. Steven Otellini.


Peter Thigpen, Haas Ethics Instructor

Peter Thigpen, Haas Ethics Instructor

Peter Thigpen, a former Levi Strauss & Co. executive who taught business ethics to generations of Haas MBA students, passed away in Mill Valley on Nov. 5 after a short illness. He was 78.

Thigpen had taught Ethics and Responsible Business Leadership to MBA students nearly every spring for the past 25 years.

Born in 1939 in Pasadena, Calif., Thigpen attended Stanford, graduating in 1961 with a degree in economics. After a stint in the Marines, he returned to Stanford to earn an MBA.

Thigpen joined Levi Strauss in 1967, eventually becoming president of the European division. He led the brand’s high growth in the region through the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1982, he was named president of Levi Strauss USA and served in executive roles and on the board until he retired in 1991. That “retirement” began a new chapter of his life, as an avid volunteer and board member with several organizations, an active family man, and a Haas School lecturer, where he was much respected by students and faculty alike.

Thigpen is survived by his wife, Shelly; brothers, Steve and Jeff; sons, Craig, Eric, Chad, and Zach; four grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.


Stephen Davenport, BS 54, MBA 55

Stephen Davenport, BS 54, MBA 55

Stephen Davenport, BS 54, MBA 55, a devoted supporter of Berkeley and Haas, died Jan. 9. He was 85.

Davenport spent his career in life insurance, building a leading agency from scratch, training and managing hundreds of successful professionals (many Berkeley alumni), and helping his cherished clients. He served on numerous community boards, including WellPoint Health Networks, John Muir Hospital, and Alta Bates.

With his wife, Virginia, Davenport regularly supported the Haas Fund, the Center for Social Sector Leadership (CSSL), and Boost. He was CSSL’s founding board chair and, says Nora Silver, the Center’s founder and faculty director, helped lead CSSL to its No. 2 U.S. News & World Report ranking for nonprofit studies. Davenport served on the Cal Business Alumni Board and was an avid supporter of the Berkeley Board Fellows program, which places Berkeley graduate students on local nonprofit boards.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; sons, Rick and David; and five grandchildren.


Robert Wertsch, BS 40
Grant Ichikawa, BS 41
Yonekazu Satoda, BS 42
Emma Thomas, BS 45
Joseph Duffel, BS 47
Harold Hohbach, BS 47
Richard Laughlin, BS 47
Virginia Sibley, BS 47
Edward Winthers, BS 47
Edward Yun, BS 47
William Chipman, BS 48
Mitchell Flint, BS 48
Albert Gabie, BS 48
Alexander Heller, BS 48
Herman Johnson, BS 48
Norman Levenson, BS 48
Donald McCaw, BS 49
Elmer Place, BS 49
John Racanelli, BS 49
Arax Shamshoian, BS 49
Robert Thompson, BS 49
Raymond Skinner, MBA 49
Kenneth Adams, BS 50
George Cavros, BS 50
Dean Chapman, BS 50
David Friedenberg, BS 50
Harold Lauritzen, BS 50
Warren Parker, BS 50
Emmons Sebenius, BS 50
Fumio Yoshikawa, BS 50
LeRoy Chandler, BS 51
Robert Davis, BS 51
Robert Drabkin, BS 51, MBA 52
William Dunlavy, BS 51
Gerald Flieder, BS 51
Preston Hotchkis, BS 51
Curtis Thrift, BS 51
Elroy Fulmer, BS 52, MBA 53
Richard Mineau, BS 52
Manuel Talkovsky, BS 52
Dudley Westler, BS 52
James Low, BS 53
Albert Arnold, BS 54
Ronald Guptill, BS 54
Winton Mather, BS 54, MBA 55
Dean Stiles, BS 54
William White, BS 54
Jack Anderson, BS 55
Klaus Brandt, BS 55
Jack Garfinkle, BS 55
James Kleaver, BS 55
Thomas Bennett, BS 57
Nathaniel Brazill, BS 57
Leo Jones, BS 57
Robert Aisthorpe, BS 58
Donald Davis, BS 58
Peter Trinchero, BS 58
Robert MacKerron, BS 59
Teruo Maruyama, BS 59
Eugene Oliver, BS 59
Joseph Speroni, BS 59
William Simpson, BS 61
Rose Buck, BS 62
Dennis Hess, BS 62
Bruce Boatman, MBA 62
Alan Yohalem, MBA 62
Robert Dahl, BS 63
Henry Pruden, MBA 65
Lee Harris, BS 69
Wallace Lowry, MBA 69
Arthur Tyler, MBA 69
Henry Wellington, BS 70
Edward Taapken, MBA 71
Tom Whitaker, MBA 71
William Carlile, MBA 73
Bernard J C Smith, MBA 76
Timothy Thomas, BS 77
Raphaela Cheng, BS 79
Susan Huetter, BS 79
John Wolf, MBA 81
Christopher Wright, BS 87
Kent Varble, MBA 87
Randall Heppner, BS 88
Cynthia Strobin, MBA 88
Joyce Huen, BS 97
Yi Zhou, BS 99
Tina Wong, Staff
Shirley Biggerstaff, Friend
Sidney Chan, Friend
Donald Davis, Friend
Louis Schrepel, Friend
Charles Wraith, Friend

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