Dr. Edward W. Bermes Jr.
Dr. Edward W. Bermes, Jr. PhD FACB, 88, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 16, 2021, in the comfort of his home. Devoted husband of the late Patricia Anne Bermes; loving father of Kathy, (Michael) Onori, Edward Bermes III, Mark (Jeanine) Bermes, Alicia Bermes, and the late Christopher (Rebecca) Bermes; cherished grandfather of Brandon Onori, Nicholas Joebgen, Miranda Bermes-Goller, Brett, Brooks, Carly, Peter, Emily, Matthew, Edward & Jake Bermes; proud great grandfather of Claire Gland; dear brother of Madelen Gollogly.

During his tenure (1969-1998) at Loyola University Medical Center he served in many capacities including director of clinical chemistry, co-director of the post-doctoral training program in clinical chemistry, director of clinical laboratories and associate chair of the pathology department.

Many of Dr. Bermes' professional activities revolved around education. In 1983 Edward W. Bermes, Jr., received the AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions in Education and Training.

He served as president of the Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry for 8 years. He served as chair of the AACC National Meetings Committee for 6 years and co-chaired two national meetings. He was a member of the board of editors of Clinical Chemistry for 9 years and served on the editorial boards of Annals of Clinical Laboratory Science and Clinical and Applied Hemostasis.

He co-founded the Chicago Clinical Chemist and edited it for 9 years. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters. His early research covered theoretical and practical work on electrophoresis and expanded to include a wide variety of disciplines, including endocrinology, fetal maturity testing, plasma protein analysis, biological variation, therapeutic drug monitoring, hemostasis and thrombosis, tryptophan metabolism, and laboratory statistics.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Dr. Edward Bermes. To honor Edward's requests there will not be a wake, but there will be a celebration of life held in his yard in the summer.


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Published by Chicago Tribune from Feb. 21 to Feb. 25, 2021.
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Our condolences to the entire Bermes family. Dr. Bermes was a consumate educator, gentleman & neighbor. The entire laboratory community benefited from his wit and wisdom. Sunnyside Circle will miss his smile!
Cathy Shipp
February 25, 2021
My deepest sympathy to all of Dr. Bermes' family. He was my biochemistry teacher when I was a med tech student at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston & I worked at Loyola Hospital in the clinical lab for many years. It was a pleasure to have known him for all those years. He was not only my boss, but a friend. May he rest in peace.
Bernice Gregorio
February 23, 2021
As an associate in the clinical chemistry post doctoral program at Loyola in the late 1970's, I would like to say that it was a wonderful time in my life. Ed gave valuable leadership to a program that gave me knowledge and work habits that provided me with employment for 40 years. His positive influence was a benefit to the profession of clinical chemistry and to his beloved Loyola University. I remember he was highly involved with hockey and loved to talk about it. God Bless Ed
Douglas Kimball
February 22, 2021
Alicia, Kathy and Family, My deepest condolences to you all. Your dad was so lucky to have such devoted daughters. We, Home Instead, were lucky to support you all for so many years.
Alexandra Medina
February 22, 2021
Deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Bermes. I met Ed as a first year pathology resident at Loyola although I knew of him as a student there due to a clinical pathology rotation. I still have a pointer he gave me to use for lectures I had to give to medical students at Loyola. When I joined the staff and was assigned an office, which was quite small and had a very small desk. Ed came by and said the desk looked ridiculous and got me a standard sized desk. I never forgot those kindnesses. My sincere condolences.
Melanie J.Castelli M.D.
February 21, 2021