Former mayor and Berkeley Symphony Orchestra Board member Jeffrey Leiter, center, was honored Thursday night as he prepared to leave Berkeley for a new home in Grass Valley. Leiter served as interim mayor between March and December 1994 when then mayor Loni Hancock left her post for a job in the
former President Clinton’s administration. Leiter served as president of the Berkeley Symphony Board of Directors from 1986 to 1992 during which time the symphony’s budget grew by more than 30 percent.
During that time the symphony moved its performances from the Berkeley First Congregational Church to Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Standing with Leiter at the Thursday night celebration at the Santa Fe Bar and Grill is Hancock, left, and Mayor Shirley Dean, right.