In Memory

Accounting Benefactor Donald Seiler, BS 49, MBA 50


Alumnus Donald (Don) Seiler, BS 49, MBA 50, a longtime friend of the accounting program at Berkeley Haas, passed away Aug. 3 at his Atherton home. He was 83.

After earning his Berkeley degrees, Seiler, a San Francisco native, spent time as an accountant in the 1950s before founding Seiler and Company (now Seiler, LLP), a  regional accounting and advisory firm, in 1957.

Seiler was involved with real estate, venture capital, not-for-profit and for-profit business operations. His professional board service included Ross Stores from 1982 to 2012 and Greater Bay Bancorp from 1985 to 2006.


Seiler, who believed very deeply in giving back to the community, established the Public Accounting Chair at Berkeley Haas in 1995 and served on the Haas Board, which advises the dean, from 2006 to 2009. His philanthropy and volunteerism also extended to the Peninsula Community Foundation, Stanford Medical Center, and the Jewish Community Federation, among other groups. Seiler received the 1989 Community Service Award from the California Society of Certified Public Accountants for his charitable work.


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