Al Johnson, BS 59, MBA 69

Distinguished Berkeley trustee

Al JohnsonAl Johnson, a longtime supporter of Berkeley and Haas, passed away on March 27. He was 82. After earning his degrees from Berkeley Haas, Johnson served as a general partner with WTI Ventures, a consulting firm for early stage high-tech companies. Throughout his life, he enthusiastically supported Berkeley, both philanthropically and through board and committee work.

Johnson was a trustee of the university for 12 years before becoming an emeritus trustee in 2014 and also served on Haas’ Campaign Executive Committee. He and his wife, Marguerite, BA 60 (social welfare), supported numerous units across campus, like their $1 million gift to enable Haas’ Socially Responsible Investment Fund and $10 million in 2014 that helped nourish Haas, the Chancellor’s Impact Fund, the School of Social Welfare, and the Library. A remarkable hallmark of their generosity was their commitment to unrestricted gifts. Johnson and Marguerite made numerous gifts to Chancellor and dean discretionary funds over the years.