Philanthropy

(From left) Colleen Haas, Elise Haas and Bob Haas on the UC Berkeley campus. (Photo/Keegan Houser)

Haas family gifts UC Berkeley $24 million

The Haas family has always had a soft spot for UC Berkeley. Family scion Levi Strauss, the German Jewish immigrant who founded one of the world’s most popular clothing brands, donated to the university’s first scholarship program in 1897. He also funded the installation of lighting in the library so students could study after dark.…
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