In Memoriam

Gerson P. Bakar, BS 48, Real Estate Leader & Philanthropist

Gerson P. Bakar, BS 48, Real Estate Leader & Philanthropist

Gerson P. Bakar, a visionary leader in real estate, education, and philanthropy and a committed supporter of UC Berkeley, passed away June 5 at age 89.

The son of a Petaluma chicken farmer, Bakar graduated with a bachelor’s in business then launched a stellar career as a Bay Area real estate developer, counting San Mateo’s Woodlake housing development and San Francisco’s Levi’s Plaza among his most notable projects.

Over the years, Bakar and his wife, Barbara, greatly enhanced Berkeley through wide-ranging contributions and leadership. In 2005, the couple made what is still the largest philanthropic investment in Berkeley-Haas’ history, which endowed five new faculty positions. In honor of this gift, Haas named its faculty wing the Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Building and established the Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellows. More recently the couple made another major contribution, toward Chou Hall.

With his wisdom and support, Bakar helped make the Berkeley-Haas real estate program one of the strongest such programs anywhere. In 1991, Haas named him its Business Leader of the Year, the school’s highest honor. Bakar served on the Haas School Board and was a founding member of the Chancellor’s Executive Advisory Council.

For decades, his voice was one of the campus’ most influential and respected.

The Bakars also served as the inaugural co-chairs of The Campaign for Berkeley, the university’s biggest fundraising effort to date, and created the Bakar Fellows Program in 2011 to support early career faculty.

Besides his contributions to Berkeley, Bakar was a founding director of BRIDGE, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit affordable housing corporations. He chaired the building committee for the SF Museum of Modern Art and helped create UCSF’s Mission Bay campus. He was also a major supporter and leader of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, among other community efforts.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and extended family.


Clarence W. Houghton, BS 60, Adjunct Professor Emeritus

Clarence W. Houghton, BS 60, Adjunct Professor Emeritus

Clarence W. Houghton, BS 60, a Haas adjunct professor emeritus, died April 21 at the age of 81. He grew up in Walpole, NH, and studied for a year at the University of Southern California before joining the Air Force and marrying his high school sweetheart, Ritva Pajunen.

After four years in the military, Houghton enrolled at Berkeley. He always took 20 units or more while working part time at Whelan’s Smoke Shop and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Houghton then went to Harvard Business School, graduating with a degree in accounting and finance. He took a job with the accounting firm of Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte), advancing rapidly to become, at the time, the youngest partner in the firm’s history. He retired as the partner in charge of the firm’s San Francisco and Northern California offices.

Houghton also taught at Haas for some 18 years, earning a Cheit Award for teaching excellence. A dedicated volunteer, Houghton led the school’s first annual campaign and served on the Haas School Board. In 1989, Haas named him its Business Leader of the Year, the school’s highest honor. Houghton is survived by his wife, Ritva; brother, Charles; daughters Wendy Archibald and Nina Bowman; son, Clarence W. (Bill) Houghton; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several cousins.


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