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Earl F. Cheit Completes Oral History Transcript

Dean Emeritus Earl F. (Budd) Cheit celebrated the completion of his oral history, which chronicles his devotion to higher education during his exemplary 40-year career at the University of California.

An economist and lawyer by training, Cheit joined UC Berkeley in 1957. He served as dean of the business school twice – in 1976-82 and 1990-91 – and played a leading role in building the school’s new facilities and naming them after Walter A. Haas Sr., BS 10. Both the school’s classroom wing and the award for excellence in teaching are named in his honor. He was presented with teaching awards by his business school students in 1986 and by the university’s Academic Senate in 1989.

On campus, he served as a faculty spokesperson during the Free Speech Movement of 1964, and was appointed executive vice chancellor of the campus by Chancellor Roger Heyns from 1965 to 1969. He served as acting vice president of the University of California system from 1981 to 1982.

A bound copy of the oral history, titled “Professor, Vice Chancellor, Dean, Vice President, Athletic Director, Advisor, Trustee, University of California, 1957 to 2002,” can be ordered from the Regional Oral History Office at 510-642-7395 or at roho@library.berkeley.edu.

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Earl F. Cheit, pictured with his interviewer Germaine LaBerge at the celebration of his oral history transcript, has devoted his career to the University of California
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