Posted February 24, 1999
Glen Grant, a long-time campus administrator, died following a heart attack at the Berkeley Tennis Club Feb. 11. He was 72.
Grant came to Berkeley in 1966 as the campus's educational placement officer. He went on to hold the posts of acting executive director of the ASUC and assistant chancellor -- executive assistant under Chancellors Bowker and Heyman. He was a strong supporter of Cal athletics and just recently became active with the UC Berkeley Retirement Center.
Grant is survived by his wife Gail and their two children.
Clarence Hampton, personnel manager for UC Berkeley Extension since 1994, passed away from cancer Jan. 22. He was 60.
Born in Aiken, S.C., Hampton received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., where he received a BA in economics and business administration. He later received a master's degree from Syracuse University in New York, and was working on a doctorate in organization and management at University of San Francisco at the time of his death.
After graduating from Morehouse, Hampton settled in the Bay Area, where he was initially hired to teach history and economics at Berkeley High School.
At a time when the schools were being racially integrated, Hampton was instrumental in developing the first African American Studies Department at Berkeley High and a K-12 program in African American Studies. He was also active in helping the district recruit minority teachers.
After serving the Berkeley School District as curriculum associate and assistant superintendent for human resources, Hampton was hired in 1994 as personnel manager of UC Berkeley Extension. There he helped to institutionalize Extension's staff training program and created its first training resource library -- now named, in his memory, the Clarence W. Hampton Human Resources Training Library.
Hampton was well respected at Extension, on the Berkeley campus and in the school districts he served. He was an active member of the NAACP's Berkeley chapter.
A memorial scholarship fund has been established by the family at Morehouse College. Contributions may be sent to the Clarence W. Hampton Memorial Scholarship Fund at Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314.
Albert Pickerell, professor emeritus of journalism, died Feb. 13 at age 86.
A specialist in media law, Pickerell came to Berkeley in 1951 to teach in what was then the undergraduate Department of Journalism. He retired from full-time teaching in 1979 but continued to work part-time for the journalism school.
Because of his expertise in journalism law, Pickerell testified in dozens of libel lawsuits. His testimony helped comedienne Carol Burnett win a large settlement against a tabloid publication; Burnett, in gratitude, presented the journalism school with a $100,000 gift.
As the University of California's systemwide director of public information from 1960 to 1966, Pickerell's first assignment was creating an information program for California's Master Plan for Education.
At Berkeley he played a valuable role during the campus's transition in the late '60s from an undergraduate journalism department to a two-year Graduate School of Journalism.
"He provided continuity with the campus administration and alumni during this change," said Edwin Bayley, the school's first dean and a professor emeritus there.
A loyal member of Berkeley's Academic Senate, Pickerell taught journalism law, news editing, crime reporting and the courts, the foreign press and international communications.
"Albert was a meticulous and thorough professor," said Ben Bagdikian, professor emeritus and former dean of the journalism school. "He was also a valuable link to professionals in the field."
Born in Kansas in 1912, Pickerell received his BA from Kansas State University and a master's and doctorate from Stanford University. His book, "The Courts and the News Media," is widely used in journalism classrooms and by newspaper reporters and editors.
Pickerell is survived by his wife of 44 years, Betty Pickerell of Oakland; a daughter, Lynn Bodell of Atherton; and a son, Blair Pickerell, who lives in Hong Kong. There will be no memorial service.