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A third-generation native Californian, William T. Hart MBA ’63 was born in Oakland at the beginning of the Great Depression. He was proud of graduating from Fremont High School in Oakland, UC Berkeley, and Santa Clara University. His employers included Lockheed, Ampex, Xerox, Memorex, and Apple Computer, where he worked with Steve Jobs. (Although he preferred working with Steve Wozniak.) His career spanned a time when the word “silicon” was never mentioned in tandem with Santa Clara Valley—the Valley was more orchards and open-space than concrete, venture capitalists, and EPA Superfund sites. He was truly an “OG” when it came to the emergence of high-tech sales and sales management in the Valley. He lived a life of service to family, friends, UC Berkeley, SCU, the American Red Cross, Alcoholics Anonymous, Los Altos United Methodist Church, Friends of the Los Altos Library (he served as President in 1997 and 1999), CASA, and Reading for the Blind. He enjoyed everything to do with UC Berkeley (especially the “Lair of the Bear” family camps); running (he completed numerous marathons); skiing; reading (especially dictionaries); traveling the globe with Ruthie (65 years married) and visiting Yosemite, Tahoe, Carmel, and Arizona; gardening (he excelled at pruning trees and shrubs); Scrabble; and spending time with his family and friends (admittedly, his friends were easier on him than his family!). The recent loss of his wonderful friend of 70-plus years (Jack Lynd) hit him particularly hard, both emotionally and physically. He never met a stranger and always took the time and made the effort to remember people’s names—regardless of when, or how, they met. He fought “the good fight” to the very end. This amazing husband, father, grandfather (Aidan, Alexandra, Edward, Tori), son, uncle, friend, Eagle Scout, mentor, volunteer, Korean War Air Force veteran, UC Berkeley grad, SAE fraternity brother, SCU grad, geezer, and “xeroid” passed away in late October 2018. While he had a tough month before passing, he was in good spirits and seemingly improving. His son and daughter were at his side. Interestingly enough, he passed nearly eight years to the day after his beloved wife Ruthie passed in 2010. He will be tremendously missed, spoken highly of for many generations, and remembered by the numerous families he positively impacted with his efforts and contributions to our society’s greater good. He made a difference! And tried to leave everyone, everywhere, better off through his presence.