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In Memory

Bill Ledeen

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02/19/17 11:32 AM #1    

Jim Hawkins

Dear Everyone,

I found this post on the UC Berkeley--Haas Business School website.  Bill got his MBA from there in 1986 and was actively involved.  I had no idea he was the Chairman of Digital Dynamics, but that figures, doesn't it?  

Bill was a really great guy and I really enjoyed knowing him from our days at F.I.S. (does that even exist anymore?) through high school.  He will be greatly missed.


Jim Hawkins

In Memoriam

Longtime Haas Volunteer William Ledeen, MBA 86

Longtime Haas Volunteer William Ledeen, MBA 86

William (Bill) Ledeen, MBA 86, chairman of the board of Digital Dynamics and a longtime Berkeley-Haas volunteer, passed away from cancer on July 21. He was 60.

Ledeen earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford in mechanical engineering but was devoted to Berkeley, serving in numerous volunteer roles since earning his MBA in 1986. He helped form the South Bay Chapter (now known as the Silicon Valley Chapter) and served in a variety of leadership positions, including president, secretary, treasurer, and membership chair, for this all-volunteer organization for nearly 30 years. The group won the Chapter of the Year award many times under his leadership. 

Ledeen proudly served as his class reunion chair and on boards for the Berkeley-Haas Alumni Network, including a stint as president from 2002 to 2003. He was also an active officer on the Cal Alumni Association’s Rossmoor Club, serving as executive vice president at the time of his death.

Ledeen was such a consummate volunteer that he is the only alum to twice win Haas’ highest volunteer leadership award, the Raymond E. Miles Alumni Service Award, in 1995 and 2002. Just before his death, he was awarded Berkeley’s Trustees’ Citation for demonstrating extraordinary service to the university’s outreach goals. 

Much of his career focused on marketing in the industrial sector; he specialized in product definition, competitive positioning, and pricing analytics and execution for high-tech business-to-business products. He was issued a patent for his invention of a throttling ball valve. Ledeen is survived by two sisters, Linda Schwartz of Pasadena, Calif., and Kathy DeLiema of Mission Viejo, Calif.

02/20/17 12:06 PM #2    

Sue Hoyt (George)

I worked at Berkeley-Haas for nine years while Bill was actively volunteering.  I can tell you that he was one of the most respected, impactful and beloved alumni ever.  He distinguished himself with his great attitude, intelligence, contributions and kindnesses.  It was a great pleasure for me to reconnect with him there.  We had some fun times together over these last years.  I fondly remember one trip in the convertible with the top down to his favorite restaurant.  He was so happy that day. Rest in peace!

03/20/17 08:42 PM #3    

Janet Stokely (Mayou)

I remember Bill was a good sport.  He gladly accompanied me to the photo booth at our 40th reunion for some silly funny faces.

03/21/17 09:43 AM #4    

Steve Loop

I first met Bill back in the fall of '66. I was a new student at FIS. Due to the alphabetical nature of our last names, we sat next to each other in many classes. He had a laugh that really uplifted you. We remained friends all through our 4 years at LCHS. I will never forget riding around in his old station wagon, standing out on the balcony of the country club making sure the lights don't go crashing into the dining room during a performance of "Storybook Theatre", our dialogs that we had to memorize for Miss Ruff in second year Spanish and most of all of our lunch periods by the library and those "profound" discussions. 

He was one of my best friends. I always looked forward to seeing him at our reunions. Will miss him at our 45th.


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