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Business Visionary Don Fisher, BS 51
Don Fisher, BS 51, chairman emeritus and founder of Gap Inc., passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, at the age of 81, following a long battle with cancer. Fisher was a long-time member of the Haas Board, which advises the dean on strategic and policy innovations, and recently served as the board’s chair.
“Don was a truly great businessman of our time, who demonstrated throughout his life the values and principles that we strive for at the Haas School,” said Dean Rich Lyons. “He personified the concept of innovative leadership and challenging the status quo in the founding of the Gap and the global retail empire that sprung from the fresh ideas that he and Doris implemented when they opened their first store in 1969.”
Fisher and his wife, Doris, gave $5 million to establish both the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Planning and the Fisher Center for the Strategic Use of Information Technology at Haas. They made several generous gifts to the Haas School’s building campaign. The Doris and Don Fisher Gate, the western entrance to the Haas campus, was named in their honor. They also gave generously to several UC Berkeley causes, most prominently the Athletics Department.
Don and Doris Fisher opened their first Gap store in 1969 on San Francisco’s Ocean Avenue. They built the company into one of the world's leading apparel retailers, with other brands and stores including GapKids, Banana Republic, and Old Navy. Fisher retired as Gap's chairman in 2004, the year the company's sales peaked at $16.3 billion. He remained a member of the board with the title chairman emeritus.
Fisher served on the board of trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and was a director of the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, as well as a governor of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He was a member of the California State Board of Education and a director of EdVoice, KIPP Charter Public Schools, and Teach for America.
Since 2003, the Fishers have hosted the San Francisco Haas Alumni Celebration at Gap headquarters every spring, inviting the Haas community to hear thought-provoking conversations with leading-edge speakers and to enjoy the Fisher’s renowned collection of modern art, part of which is on display in the building.
In recognition of his professional achievements and support of Haas and Berkeley, Fisher was honored in 1986 as the Haas School Alumnus of the Year and was named the California Alumni Association’s Alumnus of the Year in 2007 — the highest honor given to a graduate of UC Berkeley.
Fisher is survived by his wife, Doris, also a great friend to the Haas School; their three sons; and ten grandchildren.
Accounting Prof. Emeritus Maurice Moonitz
Haas School Accounting Professor Emeritus Maurice Moonitz, BS 33, MS 36, PhD 41, passed away July 24 at the age of 98.
A prolific scholar, Moonitz was the author or editor of approximately 70 articles and books on accounting and also worked in the field as a certified public accountant.
Moonitz earned his three business degrees at Berkeley, taught at the University of Santa Clara and Stanford, and worked as a staff accountant at Arthur Andersen before returning to Berkeley as an associate professor in 1947. He was promoted to professor in 1953 and retired in 1978. Moonitz received the American Accounting Association Outstanding Accounting Educator Award in 1985 and was honored by three former students with the establishment of fellowship and endowment funds.
During his time at Berkeley, Moonitz served as the first associate dean of the university’s newly formed Graduate School of Business Administration, from 1955 to 1959. In 1966, Moonitz took a leave from Berkeley to become the founding director of the Lingnan Institute of Business Administration of the newly formed Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Moonitz is survived by three children; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Memorial donations may be sent to the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, 150 Muir Road (127A), Martinez, CA 94533 or The Maurice Moonitz Doctoral Fellowship Fund, c/o UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, 502D Faculty Building #1900, Berkeley, CA 94720-1900 (payable to UC Regents). Letters of condolence should be sent to P.O. Box 6628, Albany, CA 94706.
Lt. Gen. Donald Scott Pihl, BA 59, MBA 64
Lt. Gen. Donald Scott Pihl, BA 59, MBA 64, a decorated combat veteran who served his country for 31 years, died Feb. 10 at the age of 71.
Pihl played football and rugby as an undergraduate at Berkeley and received his commission after graduation. He commanded units up through the division level and received the Purple Heart Medal.
Pihl retired as the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the army for research, development, and acquisition. He later joined General Dynamics, from which he retired in 2002 as a senior vice president.
Pihl is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandra, of Rochester Hills, Mich.; three children; and eight grandchildren.