Reunion Alumni Spotlight

Peter Brock Frazier

61
Retired Investment Advisor

Meet Peter Brock Frazier, a 1961 alumnus and longtime active supporter of Berkeley.

What have you been doing since graduation?
A third generation Cal Alum, I spent 45 years in the Investment Advisor business in New York and San Francisco. During that time I served as a trustee with the UC Berkeley Foundation; vice president of finance, California Alumni Association; chairman of Friends of The Bancroft Library; and member of The Order of The Golden Bear.

What are you doing now?
I have just retired as treasurer of Save the Redwoods and currently serve on the John Muir Hospital Investment Committee. I am completing my 20th year as co-chair of the Class of 1961 Fundraising Committee.

What Cal experience helped you in your later life?
I took ROTC for four years and, after graduating, spent two years as an officer in the Army Intelligence Corps. In addition, I am sure my Cal degree was helpful in my being accepted to Columbia University Graduate Business School. In the early 1970s I got initiated to fundraising with Cal Calling; alums were not accustomed the being asked for money and frequently it was a hard sell. My interests on campus allowed me to become part of a wide spectrum of activities and to get to know many other alums, faculty, and administrators.

What advice would you give current Cal students?
Get to know your professors: many times, I have heard professors say they wish more students would visit with them during office hours. Explore new areas outside your comfort zone: Berkeley is a stimulating place with a wide diversity of people. The multiculturalism of the campus and the complexity of the university organization provide an early lesson in dealing with obstacles and opportunities that confront young adults. Frequently outside activities are just as educational and interesting as what is taught in the classroom. I would also hope that students appreciate the opportunity of being at a world-class university and, upon graduation, support it to ensure that Cal maintains its elite status for the next generations. Protect and preserve!

What was your favorite spot on campus?
The Campanile, of course! I enjoyed the music in the morning and late afternoon along with the chimes every hour on the hour. She sits majestically in the center of one of the most important institutions in the history of our state.