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Dr. Seymour Donald Berman

Dr. Seymour Donald Berman, 95, of Novi, Michigan, died on 25 June 2020.

The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY GRAVESIDE SERVICE on Sunday, 28 June 2020 at 1:30 PM .

Rabbi Joseph Krakoff officiated.

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

The family of Dr. Seymour Berman will be hosting a Zoom Shiva on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. You may join the Shiva using the following link:

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Meeting ID: 899 5780 4954
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Seymour D. (Sy) Berman, a retired dentist, civic activist and occasional kibbutznik, died on June 25 in Novi. He was 95.

Born on December 15, 1924 in Detroit to Rose (Sklar) and Mark Berman, Sy graduated from Detroit Central High and then attended Wayne State University. He was drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces two years later, but – as he told it -- after a quick report to Fort Custer in Battle Creek, he was assigned to duty as a dental student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After graduating in 1946, he met Rose Mendelson on a blind date.

They married, had three children, three grandchildren, and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in April.

For more than 50 years, Dr. Berman practiced dentistry, mostly in his Oak Park clinic only two blocks from the family home. He often walked to work and took pride in maintaining his skills and learning new techniques.

Active in Oak Park civic affairs, he led a successful but controversial campaign to keep “liquor by the glass” out of the city. The anti-liquor referendum passed in the 1960s and held fast until 2013.

Gregarious and intensely curious about people and the world around him, Sy had an adventurous spirit and an enthusiastic presence. He used his retirement as an opportunity to expand his horizons, volunteering to solve consumer problems on WXYZ’s Call to Action, touring visitors at the Cranbrook Science Museum, and joining an Italian language and culture club. He traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal and Machu Picchu, Chile, determined to visit the world’s far corners.

“He was an excellent dentist but he would also have been an outstanding journalist. He had all the skills -- restless curiosity, independent mind, relentless interrogator,” said his son-in-law Brian Dickerson, who is the Detroit Free Press editorial page editor.

Sy combined dentistry with his interest in Judaism and Israel in his 60s, volunteering to work on Kibbutz Afikim in Israel for a four-week stint – and then returning the next year.

As a young man, he was an inventive practical joker, and never lost his quick wit and ability to find humor in any situation. Sy stayed active and engaged in the world, always willing to talk about politics, classical music, or the latest movies.

Dr. Berman is survived by his wife of 70 years, Rose, his children, Laura Berman (Brian Dickerson), Paul Berman (Linda Shayne) and Joyce Berman (Dan Carol); his grandchildren, Robin Carol, Jack Carol, Lina Berman and Zachary Dickerson; his brother-in-law Marvin Green. (the late Elaine Green); loving nieces and nephew, Karen Mendelson, Linda Mendelson, Michael (Beryl) Mendelson and great-niece Anna Mendelson, and many cousins and friends.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Dr. Seymour Donald Berman may do so by making a contribution to:

American Technion Society
Morris and Esther Mendelson Fund
6735 Telegraph Rd Suite 304
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
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ORT America Michigan Region
6735 Telegraph Rd Suite 375
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
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