Berman, Alex 1914-2000

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BERMAN, Alex 1914-2000

PERSONAL: Born February 7, 1914, in New York, NY; died June 29, 2000; son of Benjamin (in sales) and Batya (a homemaker; maiden name, Simon) Berman; married Hortense Behr, August 9, 1943. Ethnicity: "White." Education: Fordham University, B.S., 1946; University of Wisconsin, Ph.D., 1954. Politics: Liberal. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: History, music, French history and language, literature.

CAREER: University of Wisconsin—Madison, assistant professor of history, 1955-57; University of Texas—Austin, associate professor of pharmacy, 1961-68; University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, professor of history and historical studies in pharmacy, 1968-75. Military service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 1943-46; became sergeant.

AWARDS, HONORS: Guggenheim fellowship, 1958-59; Kremers Award for history of pharmacy; grants from National Science Foundation and National Library of Medicine.


(With Michael A. Flannery) America's Botanico-Medical Movements, Vox Populi, Haworth Press (Hazleton, PA), 2001.

SIDELIGHTS: Alex Berman's widow, Hortense Berman, told CA: "Professor Berman was always interested in both science and the humanities. He was not limited by his early work in pharmacy; he explored literature, history, music, and the theater. His personal library contained many valuable books and prints from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, which he had discovered in Paris and London.

"He was keenly concerned with promising students in his courses, and he served as a kindly mentor to them."

[Date of death provided by wife, Hortense Berman.]