Former Regent and lifelong Pacific supporter Edward "Ed" Westgate passed away October 18 at the age of 100.
Former Regent Ed Westgate Passes Away at 100
Former Regent Edward "Ed" Westgate passed away on October 18, 2012, from complications following a fall, only five months past his 100th birthday.
A successful farmer, army officer, developer, vintner, and community leader, Westgate was also a longtime friend and supporter of the University. He served on the Board of Regents for 29 years (1967-1996) and was named an honorary Regent Emeritus.
In 1991 in recognition of his support of the University, the Eberhardt School of Business named its Center for Leadership and Management Development in Westgate's honor. In 1991 he and his wife established the Ed and Joan Westgate Endowed Scholarship to benefit middle income students. Since 1993, more than a dozen men and women have benefitted in their Pacific education by the endowment's scholarships, which continue as an enduring legacy.
Born on May 15, 1912, Westgate grew up on his family's Rio Vista farm. He attended University of the Pacific and then transferred to Stanford, where he graduated with a degree in economics. Following the death of his father, he took over the family farm. In World War II, he was an army officer with the Economic Warfare branch in Northern Africa, the Middle East and Brazil.
After the war, Westgate became a developer. He built the first major hotel on an outer island in Hawaii - the Sheraton Maui - and the first condominiums in the United States in San Francisco and Hawaii.
This past May, many of the Pacific community joined nearly 100 family and friends to celebrate his 100th birthday at the Silverado Resort that he had reconstructed in the 1960s.
A private celebration of life was held by his family. The family asked in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to Napa Valley Hospice, University of the Pacific or Planned Parenthood.