Walter E. Hoadley, 1916-2003

Walter 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.

Mr. 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.

Walter Hoadley presented the I-House Alumnus of the Year Award to Arun Sarin in 1996.

I-House 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.'

"Whenever 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."

Mr. 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.

Mr. 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, CA 94720.

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