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Helen Craig McCullough

Helen Craig McCullough, professor emerita of oriental languages, died April 6 at the age of 80.

An eminent scholar of classical Japanese poetry and prose, McCullough’s scholarly publications included 11 volumes of studies and translations.

A native Californian, McCullough graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley in 1939 with a degree in political science. After the outbreak of World War II, she entered the U.S. Navy’s Japanese Language School in Boulder, Colo. After receiving her commission, she served as a translator in Washington and Tokyo until 1950.

Later that year she returned to Berkeley, earning an MA and PhD. She married fellow graduate student William McCullough, with whom she produced a monumental two-volume translation and study of “A Tale of Flowering Fortunes,” whose authoritative notes and appendices make it an encyclopedia of Heian court life.

After the birth of their son, Dundas Craig McCullough, she was a lecturer at Stanford. In 1969 she returned to Berkeley and in 1975 became professor.

A gardener, hiker and opera lover, McCullough retired in 1988, having influenced two generations of students and specialists through her incisive research and personal example. Her honors included several visiting professorships and a Medal of Honor from the Japanese government.

A memorial service was held April 24 at the Women’s Faculty Club. Contributions in McCullough’s memory may be made to the campus’s East Asian Library.

Michael N. Chetkovich

Michael N. Chetkovich, former managing partner of Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche), died April 21, at age 81.

Chetkovich received Berkeley’s Alumnus of the Year Award in 1985 and the Chancellor’s Award in 1986 for his tireless efforts on behalf of the university.

A native of Angels Camp, Calif., Chetkovich received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Commerce (now the Haas School of Business) in 1939 and a masters degree in 1940. From 1942 to 1946 he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy.

After his retirement in 1978, Chetkovich was appointed Regents’ Professor at the business school and served there as director of external affairs. He chaired the board of the UC Berkeley Foundation and was a director and chief financial officer of International House.

The business school awarded Chetkovich its Alumnus of the Year Award in 1973. An endowed chair in accounting was established in his name in 1978.

Chetkovich is survived by his wife, Alice; daughters Carol and Kathy; sons Mark and John; and granddaughter Allyson.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room at Haas School of Business.

Contributions may be made in his name to Haas School of Business, the Bear Backers or International House.

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