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Walter E. Berman


1923 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Walter E. Berman Obituary
June 9, 1923 - July 24, 2017 Walter Berman died at the age of 94. He was predeceased by his wife Dee. He is survived by his two children, Andrew Berman and Ellen Flashman, their spouses, Erin Berman and Tom Flashman, and four grandchildren, Sophia, Alexsa, Jason and Allison. Dr. Berman was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois, for both undergraduate and medical school. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a flight surgeon and went on to complete his training in ear, nose and throat and plastic surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. After completion of his training, he moved to Los Angeles where he was the second faculty member of the UCLA Head and Neck Department and a head and neck cancer surgeon at City of Hope. He also joined the staffs of both Cedars and Sinai hospitals prior to their merger, and he continued to practice there until he was 80 years old. He was one of the original five founding members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This organization has grown to become the largest group of certified plastic surgeons in the world. During the course of his career, Dr. Berman taught not only residents at UCLA, but numerous courses throughout the country and the world on four continents. He developed six sets of instruments and donated all proceeds to various non-profits. He also wrote a best-selling book in the field, Rhinoplastic Surgery, published in 1989. He truly left the world a better place than when he arrived on June 9, 1923. His 58-year career in medicine and his lifetime as a husband and father will forever be kept alive in the hearts of thousands. Interment was a private affair.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2017
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