HOCK S. LEE ’85
Throughout a long and varied career in fields ranging from software to real estate, Hock Lee has always maintained a passion for preserving the excellence of Berkeley. “Cal is number one in my overall philanthropic priorities,” says Hock, who studied computer science at Cal and lives in the Seattle area.
More than three decades ago, Hock graduated from Berkeley and landed his first job as a software engineer at Microsoft. Since then, his pride in his alma mater’s preeminence and belief in its public mission have never wavered. That’s why he recently made a significant pledge to establish the Fund for Faculty Excellence in the College of Letters & Science’s Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
“Berkeley has become a world-leading university without the outsized endowment that many leading institutions have,” says Hock. “The competition for faculty is fierce, and many cutting-edge research projects are expensive. We should do more to attract and keep them by narrowing the compensation and funding gap.”
Knowing firsthand the expense involved in staying ahead of the technology curve, Hock is happy to give back to the school that gave him so much. “Berkeley is world-class,” he says. “It excels in both instruction and research — and I want to help make sure it stays that way.”