I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Berner. I am sure he will be missed. I have fond memories of Dr. Berner that go back to my childhood. In 1950, when I was 6 years old, Dr. Berner saved my first puppy from an almost surely fatal case of distemper due to his tenacious and caring effort to save an animal that gave love to me and my family for many years.
Fascinated with his powers of healing, I visited his veterinary hospital frequently thereafter. And, when I was 8 years old, he offered me a job there. He found small jobs for me to do so that I did more than just “hang out” to observe surgery and his care of his patients. For my efforts, he provided me with a paycheck just like his other employees, for which I had to apply for my social security card. He expected the same perfection in my work that he did of his own, but he was always patient and kind in his instruction. His lessons in work ethic and compassion have stuck with me to this day.
I have not lived in San Rafael since 1959, but I have close friends in Marin that have informed me of Dr. Berner's passing. It saddens me on one hand, but pleases me on the other to know that he must have had a wonderful, giving life surrounded by family and friends that he loved.
Bill Patterson Seattle, WA
I worked for Dr. Berner at his San Rafael Animal Hospital
and we worked together at Trinity Lutheran Church in
San Rafael. A very gracious and fine man with a thousand
stories to tell. (maybe more !!)
I will miss seeing him practicing on Wed. morning and for the joke he told me more than once.