DR. ALAN BERKMAN "We are doctors, we treat people." His brilliant work gave life to millions when others would let them die. He spoke the language of comfort and sorrow. He lived with integrity and compassion. He died with courage and dignity at 63 on June 5, 2009, surrounded by family and friends. The indifferent universe knows not; we weep for its loss and for ours. He is survived by his wife Dr. Barbara Zeller, his daughters, Sarah and Harriet, his grandson, Gabriel, his brothers, Jerry, Larry and Steven and his mother, Mona. Dr. Berkman was the Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, Associate Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Clinical Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. He was the founder of Health GAP (Global Action Project), whose political advocacy and action led to widespread, universal access to lifesaving treatment for people with HIV. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 9th , at 10am at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC. At a future time, there will be a public memorial service to celebrate Alan's remarkable life.
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Published in StamfordAdvocate on June 9, 2009