Bruce O. Berg, MD
Member Since 1978
Date of Death: October 5, 2016
Bruce Oscar Berg, Emeritus Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at UCSF, peacefully passed away at his home in Marin County, October 5th, 2016. He was 85. A founding father of child neurology, he established it as a specialty within the discipline of neurology. As Chief of Child Neurology at UCSF and one of the founders of the Child Neurology Society and Professors of Child Neurology, he established the department at UCSF as an internationally-recognized training center for pediatric neurologists.
Born 1931 in St. Paul, Minnesota, he attended medical school at University of Minnesota. He subsequently completed his pediatric residency at Letterman General Hospital and his neurology residencies at The National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, in London and at UCSF. From 1955-1962 he served as Chief of Pediatrics at the US Army Hospital in Nuremberg, Germany, eventually retiring as Colonel in 1991 from the Army Reserves. His academic accomplishments in medicine are vast, receiving numerous honors and awards. He was the first to recognize and describe infantile botulism and giant axonal neuropathy, among other diseases. He has authored several textbooks, including the seminal works, Principles of Child Neurology and Child Neurology, A Clinical Manual, and countless articles on child neurology.
In 1987 he received the Dr. J. Elliott Royer Award for outstanding contributions in Neurology at UCSF, and the Hower Award, which is presented by the Child Neurology Society for his outstanding contributions to Child Neurology. In addition, he received an honorary membership in the Gold-Headed Cane Society in 1999. Although he is a respected academician, he will be remembered mostly for his passionate mentorship of his students and deep caring of his patients and their families. His sincere compassion and warmth for his patients and colleagues will be sorely missed. Beyond his life at the hospital, Bruce enjoyed music, books and being with his family. He was a beautiful classical singer and pianist. As a young boy in Minnesota his passion was ice hockey. Throughout his life he also was an avid photographer as well as consummate reader, especially of history. In his later years, he was happiest sitting in his favorite chair reading, while enjoying a glass of Chardonnay.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Berg along with their two daughters, Kate Berg Stoeckl of Frankfurt, Germany, and Sarah Berg McCartney of Seattle, Washington, and his beloved grandchildren, Catriona, Oskar, Maggie, Isobel and Marlena. He is also survived by his nephew, Gary Swanson, MD of Los Angeles and Kathy Morrison of St. Paul, Minnesota. A memorial service will be held in his honor at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere, CA on December 28th, 2016 at 3 pm.
In lieu of flowers, one may make a donation to the Bruce Berg Lectureship at UCSF, by either making checks out to "UCSF Foundation/Berg Lectureship," Attn: Emily Muller, Lockbox 45339, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339, or online at makeagift.ucsf.edu. (Click "choose a designation," select 'other,' and write "Berg Lectureship" In the adjacent text box).
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 19, 2016