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Memorial service to honor Col. Charles Travers, UC Berkeley benefactor

– A memorial service will be held Thursday (Dec. 8) at UC Berkeley for Col. Charles T. Travers, a longtime supporter of the campus and namesake of its political science department. Travers died Nov. 6 at his home in Greenbrae of natural causes. The 1932 UC Berkeley alumnus was 95 years old.

Col. Charles Travers
Col. Charles T. Travers (Peg Skorpinski photo)

The political science department was renamed the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science last May in honor of Travers and his late wife. Travers committed $12 million last spring to endow the political science department with funds supporting undergraduate scholarships, graduate student fellowships and faculty recruitment and retention efforts.

An ardent fan of Cal football who attended more than 80 Cal-Stanford Big Games, Travers also donated more than $5.5 million during his lifetime to the football program to help fund football scholarships, the student study center and athletic facilities renovations.

The service will take place at 3 p.m. at Memorial Stadium's Louise Travers Memorial Club Room. Scheduled speakers include campus administrators, athletics officials and members of the Travers family.