Bill Corlett ’41

Blue and Gold to the core, Bill’s pride for UC Berkeley showed in every aspect of his life. Holding season tickets for 50 years and never missing a game, Bill was an avid supporter of Cal football. Corlett was a board member for the California Alumni Association as well as a member of the Big C society. He also was an accomplished artist, and many people know his beautiful watercolors of the Berkeley campus, which were reproduced as a series of cards and prints and are on display in the lobby of the Alumni House.

An architect by profession, Bill designed more than 200 schools in California, Japan, Greece, and Bangladesh, as well as medical offices, libraries and housing. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and planned the buildings for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley.

He was an active member of the community as Trustee of Alta Bates Hospital, President of the Berkeley Breakfast Club, and board member of Goodwill Industries.

Despite all his other commitments, Bill always made Phi Gamma Delta a priority in his life. Serving on the House Corporation for multiple decades, Bill served as a mentor, and more importantly, a great friend to many of the current House Corp members. Always thinking with the fraternity’s best interest in mind, Bill took the lead on several projects that helped sustain the grandeur of the chapter house that all Fijis have come to know and respect. Perhaps his most notable accomplishment, Bill was instrumental in securing 2395 Piedmont Ave. as a Berkeley Historical Landmark, thus ensuring that all future Fijis would be able to share his pride for Delta Xi.

Bill is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Cameron and Amanda, and three grandchildren.