George Berns

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Photo George Raymond Berns Born: October 19, 1939 Left us: February 20, 2010 George was born in Chicago, IL to Molly and Herman Berns. His childhood included growing up with his brother Peter and sister Nancy and making life long friends, Bert Glader, Al Vollen and Tim Hoffman. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, George worked as a lawyer for Legal Services for the Poor. He often told stories of convincing Chicago Judges to release protesters and rioters during the 1968 Democratic Convention and Martin Luther King demonstrations. In 1970 he moved to California to work in the Office of Economic Opportunity/ Legal Services Corporation, once again advocating for the needy and oppressed. George eventually went into private practice in Oakland. In 1973, George met the love of his life, best friend and wife, Joan Accarino. Together they have shared 35 years of love, adventure and friendship. Mara Berns Langer is his wonderful and courageous daughter; George often said she was his "inspiration" during his long and rough illness. Mara and husband David gave him the precious gift of two beautiful grandchildren, Malia and Ari. George has been the best uncle to Gregory and John Accarino, Matthew and Audrey Berns and Karen Epstein. George enjoyed a life rich with friends whom he met through his enjoyment of fishing, photography, pottery, wine, cooking, and during his cardiac rehab. George loved the outdoors; he and Joan backpacked and camped every summer in Yosemite and Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Most of all, George loved fishing and did so in many beautiful streams, rivers and lakes throughout the country. Joan and Mara want to thank the wonderful nurses at CPMC's ACU, 5 North and 6 North for their outstanding care and kindness over the past year. In addition, we thank his doctors: James Greenberg, Chris Brown, Bensen Chen, Mark Rounsaville, Kevin Knopf, Belinda Gregory Head, Andrew Lasher and Andrea Hendricks, for giving George an excellent quality of life and dignified death. Services and burial will be held at Fernwood Cemetery, 301 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley on Tuesday February 23, 2010 at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Cardiac Rehabilitation Fund at CPMC in San Francisco. PO Box 45902, SF CA 94145.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 22, 2010
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