Dr. Seymour M. “Sy” Bernstein, a retired Linthicum dentist and Korean War veteran, died Nov. 29 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of complications from an infection. He was 88.
The son of Benjamin Bernstein, who worked in manufacturing, and Ida Bernstein, a homemaker, Seymour Merrill Bernstein was born in New York City and raised in New London, Conn., where he graduated in 1946 from the Bulkeley School.
He was a 1950 graduate of the University of Connecticut and earned his dental degree in 1953 from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
After completing an internship at the old Sinai Hospital in East Baltimore, Dr. Bernstein served with an Army Dental Corps MASH unit in Korea at the end of the war..
After being discharged with the rank of lieutenant, he established a private general dental practice in Linthicum, which he maintained for more than 40 years. He retired in 1997.
Dr. Bernstein had been a resident of South Road in Mount Washington, known as “Pill Hill,” and later lived in Owings Mills and Pikesville before moving to the Edenwald retirement community in Towson in 2014.
He was a past president of the Baltimore chapter of Alpha Omega, an international dental organization, and chairman of the Insurance Council of the Maryland State Dental Association.
He volunteered with several Baltimore soup kitchens and was a member of his condominium board in Sarasota, Fla., where he wintered.
An avid golfer, he often played four times a week, said his daughter, Dr. Marcy Bernstein of Pawtucket, R.I., who said he was a member of the Chestnut Ridge Country Club and the Stoneybrook Country Club in Sarasota.
He also was an avid bridge player and went to the gym several days a week.
Dr. Bernstein was a member of Beth El Congregation.
His wife of 27 years, the former Sylvia Cluster, was killed in a 1981 automobile accident. He was divorced from his second wife, the former Barbara Cohn.
Services were held Dec. 1 at Sol Levinson & Bros. in Pikesville.
In addition to his daughter, Dr. Bernstein is survived by a son, Michael Bernstein of Weston, Mass.; two stepsons, Jeffrey Cohn and and Mikhael Cohn, both of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Andrea Joseph of Potomac; his companion, Ramona Guth of Edenwald; three grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.