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Name: Walter A. Haas                                                             
Born: May 11, 1889                                                               
Died: December 7, 1979                                                           
Walter A. Haas, Sr. (May 11, 1889 - December 7, 1979) was a former President and 
Chairman of Levi Strauss & Co. Haas was credited with saving the once struggling 
Haas graduated with a BS degree from the UC Berkeley School of Business in 1910. 
He also earned an honorary degree from Berkeley in 1958. In 1989, the school was 
renamed the Haas School of Business in his honor. Haas had three children: Rhoda 
Haas Goldman, Peter E. Haas, and Walter A. Haas, Jr..                             
Haas served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery during World War I. A Republican,   
he was an alternate delegate to the 1952 Republican National Convention. He was   
Jewish, and served as president of the San Francisco Jewish Welfare Federation.