Walter A. Haas and Daniel E. Koshland
The Haas/Koshland Memorial Award was established in 1982 in memory and honor of Walter A. Haas, Sr. and Daniel E. Koshland, Sr. In their life-long generosity, these men shaped the structure of our Jewish community.
Both native Californians, Walter Haas and Daniel Koshland earned bachelor’s degrees in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and later were awarded honorary degrees by their alma mater.
Both men were actively involved in the management of Levi Strauss & Co., were personally responsible for the company’s success and championed the company’s uniquely compassionate approach to employee managment. Walter Haas and Daniel Koshland’s dedication to the community incited deep involvement in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations. Their keen interest in quality education and young people made them well-known and well-respected in the Bay Area and throughout the world. A great deal of their time, diligence and generosity was directed toward the intellectual, medical and social betterment of the community.
As Frances Geballe, Daniel E. Koshland’s daughter and chair of the Haas/Koshland Committee, stated, “There are no strings attached to the award. We simply want to create a program that is of value to students, their universities and Israel — all of which were important to Daniel Koshland and Walter Haas.”