The first line should read:
“Name, Advanced Berkeley degree (if any), Date of death, in Place (City, State).”
If the deceased died while traveling, also specify city and state of residence.
“John Smith, M.A. ‘45, November 12, in Patagonia, AZ. A resident of Fargo, ND, ...”
The last line lists survivors in the following order: widow/widower, children, and then grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“He is survived by his wife, Dora ‘40; two children; and three grandchildren.”
The widow(er) is named.
Only the number of offspring is cited, unless one of the children or grandchildren is a Cal grad and the year of graduation is known. In that case, you may include all the children’s names.
“He is survived by his wife, Dora ‘40; children Tom ‘82 and Lindsay; and two grandchildren.”
Do not separate surviving children by sex.
“He is survived by four children.” or “He is survived by two sons and a granddaughter.”
but not “He is survived by two sons and two daughters.”
Include stepchildren if the second spouse is still living.
When there is no widow(er) or children, you may mention other relatives.
“She is survived by several nieces and nephews.”
Do not mention ancestors, predeceased spouses, family members, or in-laws.
Do not mention the cause of death; only occasionally will standard obituaries mention it, such as when the deceased was very young (last 10 graduating classes).
Affiliations with multiple organizations, such as the Elks, Kiwanis, Rotary, AAUW, etc. should be condensed into a sentence.
“He belonged to several fraternal and veterans’ organizations.” or “She was an active volunteer in Piedmont charities.”
Please list requests for charitable donations only if they are UC Berkeley or CAA entities. The correct style is:
“Contributions in his/her memory can be sent to…”
We prefer that obituaries be submitted by email to email@example.com with the subject line “In Memoriam: first name, last name, class year.”
Submissions also can be faxed to 510.642.6252, attention “In Memoriam”; or mailed to:
1 Alumni House
Berkeley, CA 94720