Tracy T. Lefteroff
May 9, 1954-June 9, 2013
Portola Valley, California
Tracy T. Lefteroff, devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, June 9, at the age of 59.
Tracy was a loving husband and father and regularly spent his weekends cheering on his three sons at their basketball or soccer games or swim meets. He was a wine connoisseur and enjoyed sharing this passion with his friends and family.
Tracy is survived by his wife, sons, brothers, sisters and parents. He was born in Tucson, Arizona on May 9, 1954. Tracy grew up in Tucson, where he was a talented athlete at Rincon High School, lettering in football, baseball and wrestling. Academically, he graduated at the top of his class and conducted chemistry research at the University of Arizona during his senior year of high school.
He enlisted in the Air Force after graduating high school and was honorably discharged in 1980.
Tracy attended Boise State University, where he graduated with a BBA in accounting. He worked at both Dille, Crandall & Co. and Arthur Young & Co before joining Coopers & Lybrand in 1988, which is where he first met his wife, Jennifer. Tracy was promoted to Partner in 1994 and spent the rest of his career at what became PwC LLP after the firm merged with Price Waterhouse.
He spent his first three years with PwC working in the Seattle, Washington, office before moving to the firm’s San Jose, California office. He held the title of Global Managing Partner of Private Equity and Venture Capital at PwC and was is in charge of services provided to the venture capital community, venture-funded technology companies and publicly held, privately owned and venture-funded life sciences companies worldwide. He also co-authored PwC’s Practice Standards and Aids for the Life Sciences Industry.
Tracy was well-known for his insights on the venture capital and life sciences industries, serving as the primary spokesperson for PwC’s venture capital survey, the MoneyTree Report, since 1999. He was quoted frequently in publications across the world and was a speaker at numerous life sciences and venture capital industry conferences.
Tracy served on the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the Stanford Venture Laboratory, the California Healthcare Institute and the Fogarty Institute for Innovation. He also served as Treasurer of the Washington State Biotechnology Association, Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest and as a Committee Member of the Washington Society of CPA’s High Technology Committee.
Tracy was also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California, Washington and Idaho Societies of CPA’s.
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