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Dr. Irving H. Berkovitz MD.

BERKOVITZ, MD, Irving H. Dr. Irving H. Berkovitz, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, died peacefully at home in Los Angeles on May 27, 2012, just short of his 88th birthday. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and a friend and admired colleague to his associates in the medical, mental health and education fields. Born in Boston on July 12, 1924, Irv earned a place at Boston Latin School and graduated from Harvard University. After serving in WWII, he attended Boston University Medical School. In 1950, Irv moved to Los Angeles to complete his psychiatric residency at the VA in Westwood. In 58 years of marriage, Irv and Anne Berkovitz raised three children, traveled extensively and were active community participants. Irv was an avid tennis player, a passionate photographer, a lover of music and the arts. Always kind, curious and engaged in his encounters with those around him, Irv gave the gift of his time and touched the hearts of most everyone he met. In addition to his 60-year private psychiatry and psychotherapy practice, Irv served as the Senior Psychiatric Consultant for Schools at the LA County Department of Mental Health, supervising and training teachers, counselors and school administrators. Irv was a proud and very active member of many professional associations - among them the AMA, CMA, Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, Southern California Psychiatric Society, American Psychiatric Association, American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, American Group Psychotherapy Association and the American Association for Social Psychiatry. Irv taught and supervised care at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Cedars Sinai's Thalians Mental Health, and St. John's Hospital. His professional publications include "Adolescents Grow In Groups; Experiences In Adolescent Group Psychotherapy" (1972); "Expanding Mental Health Interventions in Schools" (1985); "When Schools Care: Creative Use of Groups in Secondary Schools" (1989), as well as scores of journal studies and articles. Irv will be missed by his wife Anne; his children, Karen, Glenn and Joel; their spouses Jane and Jeanette; his grandchildren Simone, Casey, Julia, Leila and Andrew; and many loving family members. Irv's abundant joy and deep concern for the quality of people's lives remains a sweet and lasting example to all of us. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 3 at 3pm at Temple Beth Shir Shalom, 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Irv's memory may be made to the programs of Vista del Mar - West Los Angeles, or to the social services .
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 31, 2012
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