E. Hoadley, 1916-2003
Hoadley, a Cal alum who prayed with presidents, was chief economist
and executive vice president of the Bank of America, and received
Cal's prestigious Alumnus of the Year award, died Feb. 19 at the
age of 86.
Hoadley was born in San Francisco and received three Cal degrees
- bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. - all in economics. Chancellor
Robert M. Berdahl remembers Mr. Hoadley as "one of our very
finest Cal graduates." His extensive university involvement
included service as President of the Alumni Association, UC Alumni
Regent, and nine years on the International House Board of Directors.
Hoadley presented the I-House Alumnus of the Year Award
to Arun Sarin in 1996.
Executive Director, Joe Lurie, recalls, "Whenever there was
a controversy, Walter was a stunningly calm and wise influence.
In times of crisis, people instinctively turned to him for guidance.
In the fundamental spirit of I-House, he was a champion of diversity
and once said, 'My conviction is that the future of this part of
the world depends on our ability to develop multicultural leaders.'
anyone challenged the value of diversity, Walter would say, 'If
anyone can prove the value of diversity, it's I-House that will
show the way.' We, at I-House, were so fortunate to have been touched
by Walter. His influence remains and is abiding."
Hoadley's wife of nearly 64 years, Virginia Hoadley, lived in I-House
in 1937. She recalls, "We met in our first class at Berkeley,"
The couple traveled extensively including at least 17 trips to Japan
and attended prayer breakfasts with Presidents Jimmy Carter and
Ronald Reagan. "It's been a wonderful life together,"
says Mrs. Hoadley.
Hoadley is survived by his wife and his son, Dick Hoadley, both
of Reno. The family suggests donations to the Hoadley Class of '38
Scholarship Fund in care of Alumni House, UC Berkeley, Berkeley,