Obituaries


Former Associate Dean and Accounting Prof. Hector Anton

 

Hector R. Anton, a former associate dean and accounting professor at Berkeley-Haas, passed away Nov. 22 in Massachusetts at the age of 92.

 

Anton was hired as an assistant professor at Berkeley's business school in 1954 and became
a full professor in 1965. He served as associate dean from 1969 to 1972 and retired in 1974.

 

"He was a hard-working teacher," recalled former Haas Dean Earl "Budd" Cheit. "His work and the depth of his understanding of the field were respected by practitioners—so much so, that he was recruited by accounting firms. He finished his career as a senior partner in the New York office of the Deloitte firm."

 

Anton was the author of several books on accounting practices and one on Fortran and business data processing. He received his doctorate at the University of Minnesota and his bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA.

 

Anton served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific as a radio technician on a mine sweeper.

 

He is survived by his wife, Lois M. Anton; four children; four randchildren; and one great-grandson.

 

Financial Engineering Student Arthur Qi

 

qiArthur Qi, a student in the Berkeley-Haas Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) Program, passed away suddenly at the end of February, about two weeks before the program's March 16 graduation.

 

Qi was a Chinese national who attended Haas on an international student visa. He earned an MBA at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, where he also served as academic manager, heading two departments and several extensive projects. He is the author of the case "BAIDU: Searching for Truth," which is widely used by business schools in China and the U.S.

 

Qi obtained a bachelor of economics degree from East China University of Science and Technology. He started his career with Shanghai Pudong Development Bank as an account manager and later worked in asset management at AEGONIndustrial Mutual Fund.

 

MFE students and Executive Director Linda Kreitzman are creating a new scholarship in Qi's memory to cover book costs for an MFE student each year.

 

Haas Undergraduate Vladimir Debabov

 

Haas Undergraduate Vladimir Dewbabov, BS 13, passed away jan. 21 after he was struck by a vehicle near Davis. He was 21.


The California Highway Patrol reported that Debabov was walking north on Highway 113 when he was struck by a vehicle at about 3:50 a.m. The CHP said the driver of the vehicle left after the collision.

 

Debabov was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and had a summer internship with AAA Insurance over the summer. He was from Foster City, Calif.

 

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