Peter M. Berkman of Bethesda, Maryland, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2020, from complications due to heart disease at the age of 86. Peter was survived by his son, Thomas Berkman and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Berkman of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and daughter, Elizabeth Cohen and son-in-law Shimon Cohen of Brookline, Massachusetts; and two grandchildren, Matthew Berkman of Aurora, Colorado, and Nili Cohen of Tel Aviv, Israel. He was predeceased by his wife, Judith L. Berkman.Peter was born on July 13, 1933 in New York City to Jacob and Sate Berkman and attended the Horace Mann School. He graduated Harvard University with a B.S. in Biology and completed his M.D. at Columbia University - College of Physicians/Surgeons medical school in 1959. After completing his residency in Boston, Peter and the family moved to Kensington, Maryland in 1965, where Peter began a distinguished 50-year career in Washington, DC practicing Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He spearheaded the formation of the modern Dialysis Facility of Washington Hospital Center in 1977.Peter had a lifelong passion for learning. He loved literature, the arts, and travel with his closest friends by his side. Later in their lives, Peter and Judy took their two grandchildren on memorable trips to Paris, London, and Italy. He touched many people's lives wherever he was, and will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for his exuberance, generosity, and quick wit.His ashes will be buried at Epworth Cemetery, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The family is planning a memorial service at a later date.
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Published by The Washington Post on Jun. 10, 2020.
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I always found Peter to be a warm and caring person. He was a wonderful contributor to the class with insightful comments. I will miss him. Sending condolences to his family. May his memory be a blessing.
Herbert Berkowitz
June 12, 2020
It was a joy to be in Osher literature classes with Peter. His exuberantly stated and often contrarian views enlivened our discussions and prompted us to look afresh at our own opinions. Beneath Peter's bracingly forthright demeanor was a genuine sweetness. Heartfelt condolences to his family, and may his memory be a blessing.
Laurie Gershman
June 11, 2020
Peter was an inspiration to all! Having experienced his friendship at Osher leaves a positive indelible mark. I am thankful to have had the privilege of knowing Peter!
Carol Ann Rinker
June 11, 2020
I'm so sorry to learn of Peter's passing. I knew him for about a decade, in classes at JHU's Osher Program for continuing ed for seniors, where his passion for learning and literature and friendship were always present. We all miss him, and always will. (Peter is shown in the photo below, at the table on the right, wearing a light-colored sweater.)
Erik McWilliams
June 10, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Peter Berkman. May you be comforted in knowing that our Heavenly Father cares for you. He will give you strength and courage to cope with your grief.
Psalm 94:17-19
N. Persaud
June 10, 2020
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