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Dr. Barnett Berman, 81, internist, Army veteran


Dr. Barnett Berman, a Baltimore internist and member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, died Friday at Sinai Hospital of heart failure. The Pikesville resident was 81.

"He was from the old school and made house calls late into his practice if somebody needed him," said a lifelong friend, Malcolm Sherman of Guilford. "He was a doctor who blended excellence of care with compassion."

Dr. Berman was born in West Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1940. He was working as an accountant and attending the University of Baltimore at night when he enlisted in the Army in 1942.

"He really wanted to go to medical school, and the Army saw his gift, sent him to Stanford University and Northwestern University, where he studied internal medicine," said his wife, the former Mildred Sauber of Baltimore. The couple married in 1945.

While attending medical school, Mrs. Berman said, her husband tended to patients at the Vaughn Army Hospital in Hines, Ill., including American soldiers wounded in combat and Italian prisoners of war.

After being discharged from the military, Dr. Berman studied and worked for a year at Sinai Hospital and in 1950 became a staff internist at Hopkins.

He was called up for duty during the Korean War and, as an officer with the Army's medical corps, spent time in research at the Edgewood Arsenal in Harford County, his wife said.

In 1955, he opened a private practice with two colleagues at 611 Park Ave. called the Park Medical Associates. He treated his patients from that location until his retirement in 1989.

"All the while, he was also teaching at Hopkins," Mrs. Berman said. He taught there once a week and retired as an associate professor.

He later was named professor emeritus of medicine at Hopkins, and in 2000, a scholarship was named in his honor.

For much of the 1970s, he served on the board of trustees of the Baltimore Hebrew College, which later received university status. He served one term as board chairman, his wife said.

Dr. Berman also enjoyed collecting coins, many brought to him by patients who had traveled to distant countries.

Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson and Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Amy Berman Jackson of Washington; a sister, Rose Abelson of Baltimore; and two grandsons. A son, Gordon Berman, died in 1983.

Donations may be sent to the Barnett Berman M.D. Scholarship Fund, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Development Office, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21205.

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