FLORENCE - Dr. Mark Berens, who formerly operated Dr. Berens' Animal Hospital in Florence, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at his home, after a long illness. His loving wife and partner in life, Leslie Nyman, was by his side.
Born Jan. 23, 1945, in Fremont, Neb., Mark spent two years in Ecuador as a member of the Peace Corps beginning in 1965. He moved to New York City in 1968 where he went to college and drove a taxi. Relocating to Boston in the 1970's, he began working with the Fund for Animals and also continued his education before eventually graduating from veterinary school at Cornell.
A man with wide and diverse interests, he was a deep reader of literature, a poet, a lover of music and film, and a world traveler. He was fluent in Spanish, and a student of other languages, including all the languages of animals.
His many friends will always remember a wise, funny and passionate man whose extraordinary empathy for all living creatures and curiosity about the world remained with him through the last days of his life.
Mark Berens' family will be sitting Shiva Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at their home, 18 Arnold Road, Pelham.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Mark's life and work should make a contribution to the animal welfare organization of their choice.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 3, 2013