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George J. Maslach, former vice chancellor for research at UC Berkeley, dies

George J. Maslach (Saxon Donnelly photo, UC Berkeley

– George J. Maslach, former vice chancellor for research and academic affairs at the University of California, Berkeley and an ardent academic leader for decades, died Thursday at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Richmond following a stroke. He was 84.

Maslach launched his career as an aeronautical engineer, and was an expert in the field of rarified gas dynamics, which was important to the space programs.

He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1952. Maslach was named dean of the College of Engineering in 1963, and during his nine-year tenure the college boosted enrollment and surged to No. 2 in the national rankings. In 1972, he was appointed provost for professional schools and colleges, and served as vice chancellor for research and academic affairs from 1981 to 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Anne Cuneo of Berkeley; sons Steven Maslach of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and James Maslach of Novato, Calif.; daughter Christina Maslach Zimbardo of San Francisco; and five grandchildren.

His daughter Christina is UC Berkeley's vice provost for undergraduate education and a psychology professor. In 2001, the George and Doris Cuneo Maslach Hall, a residence hall on the Clark Kerr campus, was named for the couple.

Funeral services will be private. A campus memorial service is pending. A complete obituary will be published in the NewsCenter in the next few days.