Charitable Remainder Trust

Ardis and Al Breslauer

We are concerned about the drastic difference in the student costs today versus the 1950s when we were at Cal. Funding an alumni scholarship is one way we can have a positive effect.”

Ardis and Al Breslauer

The Breslauers’ family connection to Cal is deep and long, spanning from 1896 to 1986 — with hopes for a fifth-generation Bear in 2024.

At Berkeley, Ardis Breslauer ’57 studied liberal arts and earned a teaching credential, and Al Breslauer ’57 studied engineering and participated in the ROTC. As a young couple, they moved east for Al’s military service. In Washington, D.C. during the 1960s, the Breslauers stayed connected to their Cal family. They gathered with fellow alumni — including Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren — to listen to the Big Game on the radio. They say Cal has given them a leg up in employment and life.

After successful careers — Al’s in engineering and Ardis’s in education and adult literacy — they now travel, spend time with their two children and four grandchildren, and prepare meals for two San Francisco homeless shelters. Al is a docent at the California Academy of Sciences and NASA Ames.

The Breslauers’ life-income gift to Berkeley will pay them a modest income for their lives and will one day create an endowed scholarship. They say making this gift was an “easy decision” and one that will help Cal remain a leading and accessible university.