Barry Weitzenberg ’65

Early Life

  • Attended Awalt High School in Los Altos; Class of 64
  • Participated in Swimming and Water Polo four years
  • All American in Water Polo junior and senior years
  • Father, Joe, a member of SAE Cal Zeta at San Jose State

Education and SAE Cal Beta

  • SAE Cal Beta Pledge class spring of 1965
  • Earned B.S. Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in 1969
  • Earned M.B.A. from the University of Santa Clara in 1973

Athletic Achievements

  • Competed four years (65-68) on Cal Swimming and Water Polo teams
  • All American in Water Polo sophomore through senior years
  • Athlete of the Year (all UC campuses) in 1969
  • Member Pan American Games water polo teams in 1967 (gold medal) and 1971 (gold medal)
  • Member Olympic Games water polo teams 1968 Mexico City (5th place) and 1972 Munich (bronze medal)
  • Inducted into the US Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1984
  • Inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987

Professional Career

  • Worked 45 years for five different manufacturing companies including most recently:
  • President, Custom Optics Division of JDS Uniphase, manufacturer of custom thin film optics
  • President of Sola Optical USA, manufacturer of ophthalmic eyewear lenses
  • Currently, mostly retired, but working select management consulting engagements as a senior partner with Aligned Growth Partners


  • Resides in Santa Rosa CA for 34 years
  • Married 45 years to wife Michele (Cal class of 69)
  • Son Jeff (Cal graduate class of 1993) and daughter Linsey (University of Colorado 1996). Four grandchildren
  • Outdoor activities include golf, skiing, fly fishing, duck hunting

Community Involvement

  • Board member, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
  • Board member, Community Foundation Sonoma County
  • President Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club
  • Grand Marshal, Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival