Stanley A. Berger

Montford G. Cook Professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering, known for his work in blood flow.

Stanley Berger, an internationally known professor of mechanical engineering who co-founded the bioengineering department at U.C. Berkeley, died at home in Berkeley on Nov. 25, 2013. He was 79.

The cause was pneumonia, said his wife and daughters.

An expert in biological fluid mechanics, Dr. Berger applied his vast reservoir of expertise to solving real-life problems in physiology, medicine and engineering on topics ranging from sickle cell anemia to vortex breakdowns in aircraft flight.

Dr. Berger was one of the fathers of the bioengineering program at U.C. Berkeley and was instrumental in work with UCSF School of Medicine on interpreting blood flow on MRIs, work that had a direct effect on the diagnosis and treatment decisions being made by radiologists and surgeons.

“He was a pioneer in the field of physiologic fluid dynamics,” wrote Jerome Aroesty, a senior research scientist at the RAND Corp., where Berger worked as a consultant for more than two decades.

Dr. Berger was born in 1934 in Brooklyn, the child of European immigrants. He grew up playing stickball in the streets of Flatbush and Michigan Rummy around the dining room table with his large Jewish family, many of whom lived in the same apartment building.

A gifted student, he enrolled at Cornell University at 16, but was terribly homesick and returned after one year to attend Brooklyn College.

Dr. Berger received his Ph.D. from Brown University in applied mathematics and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton before moving to California in 1961 to become an assistant professor at U.C. Berkeley at 25.

He found purpose in a life of teaching and took enormous pride in advising his Ph.D. students, who went on to hold prestigious positions in academia, industry and government.

“I’m one of those many people whom Stanley touched,” said David Katz, one of his first advisees, now professor of biomedical engineering and obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University. “And it propagates forward, in what I do and what the people with whom I interact do.”

“He loved to make connections, bringing together colleagues who quickly became collaborators,” said Jennifer Stroud Rossman, another Ph.D. advisee, now associate professor of mechanical engineering at Lafayette College. “I remember the poster on his door, ‘I want to be an engineer like my mom,’ so distinctive a message in the mechanical engineering building in the early 1990s that I felt warmly toward him before I ever met him.”

Among Dr. Berger’s prolific publications was his first book, “Laminar Wakes” (Elsevier, 1971), about the smooth airwaves left behind by jet engines, and the seminal textbook in his field, “Introduction to Bioengineering” (Oxford University Press, 1996), which he co-edited.

Dr. Berger was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and the American Physical Society, which was holding its annual meeting the day he died.

“Word of Stan’s death began to percolate among the members at the meeting earlier today,” wrote Phil Marcus, a professor of mechanical engineering at U.C. Berkeley, in an email. “This was his society, both in a professional and a friendship sense. He served as Chair and helped shape what it is now. When the news hit, people were taken aback and small knots of people gathered at corners of the meeting rooms and banquet hall to share memories about his accomplishments along with anecdotes about previous meetings with him. He will be missed and remembered for a long time in this group of scientists and friends.”

Dr. Berger is survived by his wife, Beth Fain, and his daughters Maya and Shoshana Berger, and his grandchildren Cleo and Judah Saxe, all of Berkeley, California.


Beatrice Levinson Bozof

Age 90, died peacefully on Dec. 8, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Bozof. She leaves behind her daughter, Sandra (Martin) Katz, her son, Donald (Gloria) Herzog, and stepdaughter Sharon M. Bozof. She leaves five grandsons and nine great-grandchildren who called her “Bea Bea.” A 10th great-grandchild is on the way.

Bea was born in Memphis, raised in Moorhead, Mississippi, and spent much of her life in Memphis, where she was a well-respected realtor. She was a lifelong, dedicated supporter of Hadassah and served as the Southern region president. When she moved to Greenbrae, Calif., nine years ago, she managed to form a wonderful new life, making close friends who will miss her terribly.

She was a member of Rodef Sholom synagogue in San Rafael, where services were held. Memorial contributions to Marin Hadassah or a charity of your choice.


William M. (“Willie”) Cherin

April 11, 1950–Dec. 7, 2013

A native San Franciscan, graduate of Lowell High School and Arizona State University, Willie was a loving father to his two children, Zac and Sarah, a devoted son, caring brother and good friend to many.

Willie was the real-life Peter Pan to several generations and lived life to its fullest with exuberance, reveling with friends wherever he went. He was the consummate sports fan; there was not a sporting event, past or present, for which Willie did not know the minutest detail.

Willie was a fixture at Cherin’s Appliances, the family business, for over 30 years. Willie is survived by his children, Zac and Sarah, and their mother, Claire, siblings Feralee and Charles Levin, Don and Margery Cherin, Marty and Rise Cherin, Sue and Robert Rushakoff, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Willie was preceded in death by his parents, Adina and Lou Cherin.

Contributions in Willie’s memory may be made to Project Ninety, 720 South B St., San Mateo, CA 94401, the Peninsula Humane Society, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, or to a charity of your choice. Private services were held.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636


Elliott F. Shapero

Elliott F. Shapero, DDS, age 78, passed away peacefully on Nov. 23, 2013 in Scottsdale, AZ. Elliott served in the Air Force before opening his dental practice in San Francisco. He was a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a member of other dental organizations.

Retired in 1999, he and his wife moved to Scottsdale.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene, his children, Carlynn (Harvey) Goodman, Michael (Joanne) Shapero, and his grandchildren, Jared, Matthew, Talia and Avi.


Max M. Stein

Died peacefully in his sleep in his Santa Rosa home on Dec. 3, 2013. Beloved husband of 59 years to Michelle Stein; wonderful loving father to Janet and Jeffrey Stein-Larson and to Larry and Marie Stein; and loving “Papa” to Heather and Robyn Stein. Max’s family was the most important thing in his life.

A pharmacist who practiced for over 50 years, he and his partner owned Tower Rexall Drugs in San Francisco for many years until it closed. After his move to Santa Rosa, he continued his career working as a relief pharmacist until his retirement.

Services were held at Salem Memorial Park in Colma. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Congregation Shomrei Torah of Santa Rosa or any hospice organization of your choice.

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Charlotte Stern

Age 91, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at her home in San Francisco.

The daughter of Saul and Anna Azimow, Charlotte was born Feb. 19, 1922 in New York and later moved to San Francisco.

She graduated U.C. Berkeley with a degree in bacteriology and retained a lifelong love of learning. Charlotte married the late David Stern in 1943 and spent many years as a devoted wife and mother. When her children were grown, she devoted time to volunteer work with a number of organizations.

Charlotte was an optimist by nature and brought her positive outlook to all she did. Her warm and nonjudgmental demeanor made her a friend to all who knew her.

Her greatest passion, however, was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will all miss her deeply, though her memory will endure in the hearts of those who loved her.

She is survived by her sister, Martha Stern (Jerome), her five children, Richard (Susie), Gary (Randi), Sherrie (Anthony), Susan (Alastair) and Daniel (Donna); grandchildren Michelle, Jessica, Martin, Ashley, Colin, Alexander, Aidan, Margo and Laura; and great-grandchildren Amelia and Ari.

Private family services were held. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Charlotte’s honor to the charity of your choice.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636