William Halford Jr., BS 52

William Halford Jr., BS 52, a dedicated Cal supporter, passed away Oct. 23 after a short battle with lymphoma. He was 78.


Halford, a resident of Atherton and Palm Springs, established the William Halford Jr. Family Chair in Marketing at the Haas School in 1999, which is currently held by Professor Teck-Hua Ho.


Halford was an annual donor to the Cal Athletic Department and the Lawrence Hall of Science for more than 20 years, and served on the board of the Lawrence Hall of Science in the 1980s.

Halford also co-chaired Cal’s Capital Campaign Committee and was given the UC Berkeley Foundation Citation in 1998 in recognition for the time that he spent and the money that his commitment raised. Thanks to his contributions to Cal, Halford also was named as a member of the Robert Sproul Associates and his family’s name was included on the Builders of Berkeley Wall next to Doe Library.

Halford, who was born in San Francisco, served in the army stateside during the Korean War. His career in the investment business spanned a quarter century, culminating in managing the Palo Alto office of Kidder Peabody.


Halford’s volunteer work included serving as president of the board of directors of Castilleja School, president of the board of directors of the Children’s Health Council, board member of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and president of Smoke Tree Ranch.


Halford is survived by his wife, Jean; four daughters and two stepchildren; four grandchildren; and four step-grandsons. Donations in Halford’s name may be made to Castilleja School, the Children’s Health Council, or the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.


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