Bernard Blumberg, MD
1927 – January 16 2014
Died of natural causes at his home in Mill Valley surrounded by family. He was 86 years old. Bernard, known as Bernie, was born and raised in Philadelphia with his sister Dell (deceased). After serving in World War II, he obtained his degree at Penn State University, and then went on to receive his MD at Chicago Medical School. He completed his internal medicine internship in Philadelphia and residencies at Veterans Administration Hospitals in Philadelphia and Hines IL. While in Chicago, he married his first wife, Arlene (deceased). After starting a family, Bernie entered private practice in internal medicine in San Francisco. As the years passed, Bernie was so proud to see all three of his children seek advanced degrees: his son as a doctor and his two daughters as attorneys.
Bernie loved practicing medicine, and was known for forming close bonds with his patients and staff. He was drawn to care of geriatric patients, and served as Medical Director at the Jewish Home for the Aged in San Francisco for many years, and in later years at Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services. He served as Chief of Staff at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco, and had several publications and presentations related to care of the elderly.
Bernie's greatest joys came when among his family, never missing an opportunity to be with them. He enjoyed skiing, running, and mountain biking, and Bernie delighted in an active lifestyle with his second wife Catherine. Between his love for learning and her passion for books, Bernie and Cathy were a perfect match during their 31-year marriage, and enjoyed sharing their passions for the SF Ballet and Symphony, travel, 49ers, and education with their children and grandchildren. Bernie's grandchildren were an immense source of pride and joy, and he never missed an opportunity to encourage and support them. Bernie had an upbeat sense of humor, and was as kind as can be.
He is survived by his wife Catherine Blumberg; children Jane (husband Joe), Dean (wife Mary Beth), and Maxine (husband Bruce); grandchildren Alex, Jordan, Andrew and Ben; nephew Jeff Sones; cousin Joe Decker; sister-in-law Idajean Kaplan, and nephews Lorin, Randy, and Evan Kaplan. He also leaves behind his loyal canine companion Grace. Bernie was a good man, a mensch. He will be missed with love and appreciation for all the love that he gave.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday January 21 at Sha'arei Shalom cemetery, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, followed by a reception at Congregation Rodef Shalom, 170 No. San Pedro Road, San Rafael.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Bernie's memory may be made to the
of Northern California, Jewish Home for the Aged in San Francisco, or Congregation Rodef Shalom in San Rafael.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21, 2014