William Satariano, distinguished epidemiologist, dies at 70

William Satariano, a longtime professor in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, died Sunday, May 28. He was 70 years old.

Satariano, who was known as Bill by colleagues, friends and family, spent more than half of his 40-year career at Berkeley.

His expertise and research interests were in the field of aging and public health, including issues of healthy aging such as cancer rehabilitation and survival, the built environment and health behaviors, and technology and the promotion of physical activity among older adults.

Along the way, he earned numerous accolades, including a Fulbright Senior Scholarship, the Alfred W. Childs Distinguished Service Award for Faculty, and the American Cultures Innovation in Teaching award. In addition to his role as professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, he was also the director of undergraduate health programs at the School of Public Health.

“Bill has been a beloved member of the School of Public Health for more than 20 years. He has been a dear colleague and friend to so many of us. His death is an enormous loss to our school community and to the field of public health,” said Stefano M. Bertozzi, public health dean.

A campus memorial service is tentatively scheduled for September.

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