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Berle Larned Obituary
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June 29, 2018
I've known Berle for about half a century. We were coworkers at IHS back in the 70's, then at Inacom in the 80's, and finally at USW Knowledge Engineering in the 90's.

I remember that Berle had a thing for words. . . More than that, he "loved" words. He always seemed to have exactly the right words for every concept or occasion. He fit my definition of a "Wordsmith."

He used his considerable size to great advantage in getting his way with man and machine. At Inacom, our offices were next to each other. One day he heard me complain that my office door was poorly fit -- it stuck and was difficult to open. Berle took a look at it, placed his shoulder against the door frame, gave it a "bump," and the wall moved! Not much, but maybe a quarter of an inch, just enough to let my door close smooth as silk. I thanked him, and as he walked away I heard him mutter something like, "Just another service that I provide!" That was 1 for Berle, and 0 for wall.

Machines were no match for him, either. Every morning, we rode the elevator to our offices on the sixth floor. Berle would fearlessly stick his bare hand into the closing elevator door in order to hold the car for grateful stragglers.

But, one day, several of us were on our way to a meeting in a downtown hotel. This new elevator didn't know of Berle's dominance over machines. On this day, I was one of the stragglers. In typical fashion, Berle jammed his hand between the closing doors in an attempt to hold the car for me and a couple others. This time,the door refused to spring open thus capturing Berle's hand. As the car began it's upward voyage, he was barely able to extract his hand and avoid a tragedy. Score: Elevator 1, Berle 0.

We disagreed on many things, often involving philosophy or methodology, but rarely (if ever) did it get personal. I'd like to think that there was mutual respect.

Berle had something rarely found in the business world. Berle had integrity! If he gave you his word, you could take it to the bank.

Good bye, old friend,
June 8, 2017
Berle was classmate of mine at South high. He was true friend. I last talked to him at our class 50 year reunion. He will be missed.
April 7, 2017
Many years ago, Berle and I worked at IHS. Berle made enormous contributions to the great success of IHS. In addition, he was a very pleasant, considerate individual to all with whom he had contact.
In spite of many medical issues, Berle marched ahead with his valuable work and was supported brilliantly by his wife Darlene and other family members. Berle was as fine a person as we have known.