Celebrating the life of Karl S. Pister

A celebration of life for UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Emeritus Karl S. Pister is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 1 p.m. in the Pauley Ballroom, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union at UC Berkeley. Guests are encouraged to RSVP.

Pister, who devoted more than 70 years to the University of California, to higher education, and to expanding educational opportunities for students from kindergarten to graduate school, died on Saturday, May 14, at his home in Walnut Creek. He was 96 years old.

Pister had a remarkable career in higher education, starting as a structural engineering professor and dean of engineering at UC Berkeley and rising to UC Santa Cruz chancellor and UC vice president. Well into his 80s, he continued work that guided the direction of education and science, particularly in California.