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Obituaries

Richard Clarke (1930-2002)

Richard “Dick” Clarke, BA 52, JD 55, died December 14 at Marin General Hospital from complications of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Clarke, who lived in San Rafael, headed Pacific Gas and Electric Co. from 1986 to 1995 and continued to serve as a member on the boards of both Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and PG&E Corp. until last year. As chairman and CEO, he established the utility as a recognized leader in the energy industry, and he forwarded the causes of environmental stewardship and energy conservation.

In 1991, President Bush appointed Clarke to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. Two years later, Clarke joined the President’s Council on Sustainable Development.

A native of San Francisco, Clarke earned a degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a law degree from the Boalt School of Law at in 1955 and joined PG&E as an attorney.

At Cal, Clarke served on the advisory board of the Haas School and the board of Boalt Hall School of Law. He was also a trustee of the UCB Foundation. Clarke also co-chaired the UC Outreach Task Force in 1997, which proposed a set of new strategies to help increase the number of minority and low-income students qualified to attend the university in the post-affirmative action era. Through his role on the Outreach Task Force, Dick Clarke played a key role in advocating for business-based UC outreach programs, and was instrumental helping to forge the partnership between Young Entrepreneurs at Haas and UC's Statewide MESA outreach program. He was named Business Leader of the Year by Haas in 1997.

Clarke is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Dell of San Rafael, daughters Suzanne Clarke of Oakland and Nancy Stephen of Laytonsville, Md., son Douglas Clarke of Hollister, and five grandchildren.

Myron Du Bain (1923-2002)

Myron Du Bain, BA 46 in humanities, Haas School Advisory Board member, and good friend to the Haas School, passed away on July 18, 2002, of cancer at the age of 79.

Born in Cleveland, Du Bain moved to San Francisco when he was only two weeks old. During World War II, he commanded a rescue boat in the South Pacific and later went to work as a $50-a-week file clerk at the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.

Du Bain systematically worked his way up in the Fireman’s Fund organization. After his file clerk job, he became an underwriter. He then moved up to manager, and progressed to assistant vice president. In 1974 he was named president and CEO of the $3 billion-a-year insurance giant. In 1975, he was named chairman of the board.

After retiring from the Fireman’s Fund in 1983, Du Bain became president and CEO of Amfac, a conglomerate that produces sugar, owns resorts, hotels, and retail clothing stores, and distributes everything from electrical supplies to walnuts. He later became chairman of SRI International, formerly known as the Stanford Research Institute, an independent, nonprofit research institute that conducts research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses, and nonprofit foundations.

Du Bain served on numerous corporate boards, including the Haas School’s Advisory Board (from 1989), American Express, Wells Fargo, Transamerica, PG&E, and Chronicle Publishing Co. From 1989 to 1996, he served as chairman of the James Irvine Foundation.

Du Bain is survived by his wife, Alice of Kentfield, and his two children — Donald Du Bain of San Francisco, and Cynthia Klinedinst of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Ruth A. Nice (1928-2002)

Ruth Nice was a widely admired colleague whose salutary influence on the school extended far beyond her formal role of undergraduate admission director. Students adored her. From application to graduation, she was there for them. She counseled students who were interested in applying to the school; she encouraged business school students shaken by the rigor of their course work; she came to parties celebrating their successes; and she organized the procession and awarding of certificates to the graduates at commencement.

In my view, she was also widely admired because she coached us all, students, staff, and faculty alike. She did so in the “tough love” manner often ascribed to successful sports coaches. She was not sentimental. Her natural approach to everyone combined realism with moral firmness, leavened with a judicious amount of affection, even tenderness.

Ruth became director of admissions at a time when the undergraduate business major had become one of the most popular on campus, attracting large numbers of outstanding students. But because of tight campus limits on enrollment, many qualified applicants and their parents were keenly disappointed by decisions she had to make. Yet in all the years that we worked closely together, no one, to my knowledge, ever charged her with unfair or unfeeling treatment in the admissions process.

Ruth gave the school 21 memorable years. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, six children, and 11 grandchildren. We all share their loss.

– Remembered by Earl F. Cheit, Dean Emeritus

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Richard Clarke
Richard Clarke, BA 52, JD 55 (1930 - 2002)

Myron Du Bain
Myron Du Bain, BA 46 (1923 - 2002)

Ruth A. Nice
Ruth Nice (1928 - 2002)

 
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