Remembering Brian Gialketsis

September 09, 2019
Brian wearing a "Bear Territory" shirt and his graduation stole.

The College of Natural Resources mourns the loss of recent alumnus Brian Gialketsis, ’17, Conservation Resources Studies and Rhetoric, who passed away on July 20, 2019. 

Since his graduation from Berkeley, Gialketsis had been serving as the coordinator of the UC Berkeley Green Initiative Fund, which provides grants for projects that improve and support UC Berkeley’s campus sustainability efforts. He was a champion for environmental justice and a passionate representative for the underrepresented. 

“Brian understood our community’s capacity to make the world a better place,” said Ricky Vides, Brian’s advisor in the College of Natural Resources. “He treated people in our community with the same intensity and love he had for the earth. He came to every advising session with a glow, and he was really proud be Golden Bear.”

A celebration of life will be hosted by the Student Environmental Resource Center on Saturday, September 21 at 5 pm in the Tilden room of the Martin Luther King Jr. Building in the ASUC Student Union. 

Gialketsis’ family has created the Brian Patrick Gialketsis Memorial Scholarship through the Ventura County Community Foundation. For information on how to make a donation, view this page. A UC Berkeley fund to honor his memory at Cal will also be created soon.