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Barry Berman

Sunday, October 15, 2017 (before sunset)

25 Tishri, 5778

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

1:00 PM

Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care Chapel

Arlington Memorial Park, Atlanta GA

Following the service from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the home of Dr. Betsy Gard and Barry Berman
9635 Huntcliff Trace Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Please contact Dresslers at 770-451-4999 to send a message to the family.

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    Barry Lee Berman of Sandy Springs (GA) passed away Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. He was 75 years old. Born in Baltimore (MD), on Oct. 9, 1942, Barry devoted his life to education and to his family. A graduate of Baltimore’s Polytechnic Institute in 1960 and Case Institute of Technology (which soon merged with Western Reserve University to form Case Western Reserve University) in 1964, Barry earned his Ph. D in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969. After being a physics professor at colleges in Kentucky and New York—where his first daughter, Brenna, was born—Barry became fascinated by computers and computer software, eventually spending his yearlong sabbatical studying the fast-growing late 1970s trend. His passion for educational and personal computing, and eventually the internet—which continued throughout his entire life—soon prompted him to leave teaching for educational sales. He spent more than 30 years in the industry, working for Fourier Systems, Wicat Systems, SMARTHINKING, and Pearson until his retirement in 2016. Barry’s tenure at Wicat Systems brought him to Atlanta in 1982, where he met Dr. Betsy Gard at a Jewish singles’ event in two years later. The two were married in June 1986 and together they raised their children, Brenna, Sarah, and Danny. Barry was an avid sports fan and loved watching University of Wisconsin football, the Baltimore Colts and later the Baltimore Ravens. He also enjoyed installing home electronics, as well as traveling with his wife both abroad and throughout the United States, especially to the National Parks. Barry is survived by his wife, Dr. Betsy (née Schlesinger) Gard; sister, Judy (née Berman) Zimlin; daughters: Brenna (née Berman) Broadnax and Sarah (née Gard) Lazarus, son, Danny Berman, and four grandchildren. Sign online guest book at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the U.S National Parks ( or the International Rescue Committee ( Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, and continuing at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbis Analia Bortz and Mario Karpuj of Or Hadash and Rabbi Joshua Lesser of Bet Haverim officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999.

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    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.
    Joan KentOct 21 2017 01:59 pm
    Betsy, I'm saddened by your loss. I will hold you in my heart and thoughts. If I can help in any way, please call on me.
    Norman and Renee KatzOct 20 2017 04:39 pm
    Bestsy and family Norman and I are devastated to hear about Barry May his memory be a blessing Our hearts thoughts and prayers are with you
    Joanne Peeler and Dominic ZaccheoOct 20 2017 03:50 pm
    Barry was an amazing person, one of the kindest and most loving we have ever known. His relationship with Betsy was beautiful to observe. We are very saddened at his passing and send our prayers to his family.
    Bob GuyOct 19 2017 08:27 pm
    I'm shocked and incredibly saddened to learn of my long time colleague and friend's passing. Barry and I worked together at several educational technology companies over the years dating back to the early 80s. I will forever remember Barry's passion for and unwavering commitment to improving student achievement through the use of technology. I'll also remember him for his boundless energy, his positive attitude, his tenacity and his high standard of ethics. Barry can rest well knowing he made many thousands of people's lives better through his work. Barry may have been short in stature but he was a giant in our industry. I'll miss you old friend!
    Ishrat KhanOct 19 2017 08:32 am
    Dr.Gard, I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. May God give you and your family the peace that you seek. Sincerely, Ishrat Khan
    Charlie House JrOct 19 2017 06:04 am
    Barry and I knew each other through our work in educational sales. I am sorry to hear about his passing. I admired and respected him a great deal. He was such a good, genuine, gentleman.
    Maury & Ruth NunesOct 18 2017 09:41 pm
    As if struck by a thunderbolt, we were both so heartbroken to hear of Barry's death. While our time together through Lake Arrowhead has been brief, our respect for him could not be greater. He was solid in every good way and the world is a poorer place without him. May he rest in peace
    Marv MazerOct 18 2017 04:43 pm
    Dear Betsy and Family, I had the good fortune of meeting Barry for the first time last week at the North Atlanta Men’s Club Movie Night. We had corresponded by email as Barry was about to become a new member of the club. As Editor of the club newsletter, Barry had forwarded his bio to me. Seeing his background in technology education, I asked him to join our technology committee, which I chair. Barry agreed to volunteer as soon as I asked him. He even juggled his schedule to plan to attend a meeting of our committee this Friday. Leaving the movie theater last week, I saw a current member talking with someone I had not yet met in person and addressing this individual as Barry. I joined their conversation and asked if this person was Barry Berman and he greeted me warmly and said how enthusiastic he was about getting involved in our club. When I arrived at the restaurant where the Movie Night group meets after viewing the movie, Barry and I wound up sitting across from each other. He told me about growing up in Baltimore and his family along with his interest areas for our club’s activities. As we spoke, I thought he was a really nice guy and was going to be someone that will be a great addition to the club. With his friendly personality, myself other club members at the dinner were speaking in a way that showed how much they looked forward to getting to know Barry better. I began to think we could become good friends and was excited about his being part of our technology committee. Upon learning of his passing over the weekend, I felt a desire to come to his funeral service to pay my respects to him and his family as well as mourn the lost opportunity for future friendship. I’m so glad I came to the service to get to know Barry better. The eulogies of the rabbis and Barry’s family only reinforced the warmth, humor and enthusiasm I sensed in the brief time that I was lucky enough to have spent with him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The memory of him, even for someone like me who only just met him, is a blessing. Marv and Randi Mazer
    Wendy Blumenthal, Ph.D.Oct 18 2017 01:37 pm
    Dear Betsy and family, I was saddened to hear of Barry's sudden passing. He was a wonderful man, husband, father, and friend who will be missed. I know you all have many wonderful memories of him. I'm sorry I can't be in Atlanta for his funeral and shiva. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Warmly, Wendy
    Chuck KleinerOct 18 2017 12:50 pm
    What a great guy! That’s what comes to mind when I think of Barry. We worked together in educational technology for over 25 years. Barry was a colleague, mentor and friend who helped me in so many ways. At his heart, Barry was a teacher. He helped educational leaders understand how they could use technology to help students be more successful. That’s what made him a great salesman. The desire to help others to be better. I will miss his advice, insights and even his jokes. I know I’m a better person because of Barry Berman.
    Terri BagenOct 18 2017 11:15 am
    Betsy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Mike and Judy GordonOct 18 2017 10:10 am
    We were shocked by Barry's sudden demise. It is impossible for us to imagine what this must be like for your family. Barry was an exceptional man, and Judy and I were fortunate to have had him in our lives, even though we didn't have frequent interactions. We recall running into him at Dulles Airport several years ago. We enjoyed a fortuitous few minutes together at that time. We are praying for you that you will find comfort in the times ahead. As you know, I lost Gena 25 years ago. The thing that made it most comforting was knowing that I had made her happy. I know that you can say the same for yourselves about Barry.
    Robert ManningOct 18 2017 09:57 am
    Barry was a bright spot in our group and will be missed. Our sincere condolences for your loss. In sympathy Robert Manning
    Betsy Edelman and Jay StrongwaterOct 18 2017 09:49 am
    We are so very sorry for your loss. You are each in our thoughts and prayers. May his memory be for a blessing.
    Linda BuchananOct 18 2017 08:02 am
    Hi Betsy, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's passing. I hope you surround yourself with those who love you!
    Hamid MirsalimiOct 18 2017 06:17 am
    Dear Betsy and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I hope that your good memories will help sustain you during this difficult time. Take good care.
    Howard and Ruthie SokoloveOct 17 2017 08:42 pm
    Dear Betsy: I am so deeply saddened at the loss of my long-time friend, Barry. To you, both Ruthie and I send our love and long virtual hugs of comfort and support.
    Nancy WoodruffOct 17 2017 08:17 pm
    Betsy, my heart goes out to you and family at this most difficult time, G-d Bless
    Peter BergOct 17 2017 08:03 pm
    In our senior year at Case, Barry, Lloyd Gordon, Gerry Wagner, Steve Rosenthal and myself shared ajoining apartments in Cleveland. They were strangely split with Barry and Lloyd in one, and the other three of us in the other. There was one kitchen, but I don't recall in which unit it lived. Now it's down to two, just Lloyd and I. Barry was very lively and fun. Later, he came to California and had dinner with my wife and I. I think he brought Brenna. When Irwin first notified me, I found a tear. I don't know how you're holding up Dr. B, but I wish you well. It's tough, I'm sure.
    Barbara CalhoonOct 17 2017 07:35 pm
    I am so so sorry for your loss. It was my privilege to know you as a couple and spend very enjoyable times with you. Peace, in time.
    Ann McNeerOct 17 2017 07:14 pm
    Betsy and family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Barry's passing. Betsy, I recall seeing him at GPA, your faithful supporter always. I know you will miss him deeply but know you have many good memories to help you through. My condolences to you all.
    Edward and Rosa NeelleyOct 17 2017 06:36 pm
    Dear Betsy and Family, It is with heavy hearts that we send our deepest condolences. Barry was always there to help us anytime we called on him. He was a wise man with a loving soul. We are honored he considered us friends. We are thankful that we had the opportunity to know this gentle man. Betsy, we send our love and gratitude for sharing him with all of us. Blessings to you all.
    Mary DanielakOct 17 2017 06:09 pm
    Betsy, you and your family are ever present in my thoughts and I wanted to reach out and wish you my condolences.
    Rosalyn BushOct 17 2017 06:01 pm
    Dear Betsy, Such sadness I feel for you and your family's loss. He will be missed by all who knew him. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Rabbi Judith BeinerOct 17 2017 05:39 pm
    Dear Betsy, I'm so very sorry about Barry. What a wonderful, interesting and sweet man, who loved you to the moon! My heart is with you and your family.
    Carole WaltonOct 17 2017 05:32 pm
    Betsy, my heart just aches. Barry was truly one of a kind-- such a special person. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Anne SterlingOct 17 2017 05:03 pm
    I worked with Barry during his Logal Software years when he was the sales rep I supported, and then my boss. Always cheerful, always something encouraging to say. I remember his love of Baltimore crabs, UW Madison, and especially of his wife and kids. I looked at his page the other day, and he was happily playing with his wife and grandkids with a BIG smile on his face. He was always "all in". Ever smiling family man, that is how I will always remember him. It was a privilege to know him.
    Butch and Cindy HewittOct 17 2017 04:37 pm
    Dear Betsy: All we can say is WOW.....such tragic news. Barry was such a great friend and colleague.....we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the two of you. He will be terribly missed.....please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Way to early to lose such a fantastic person.
    Roger and Jeanee LuttermanOct 17 2017 04:28 pm
    Dear Betsy and family- We were shocked and saddened to hear the surprising news. Barry just didn't look 75 years of age and appeared the picture of health. We enjoyed chatting with you both at various neighborhood functions and will miss his sweet smile and friendliness in the future... Roger and Jeanee
    Laura WellsOct 17 2017 03:13 pm
    Dear Betsy and Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Deepest condolences. Laura Wells
    Lauren & Daniel BermanOct 17 2017 03:05 pm
    Dear Betsy and Family, We were so sad to hear about Barry's passing. We knew him as a gentle soul who always wore his love for you in his eyes. Please accept our condolences. With love, Lauren & Daniel Berman
    Barbara RothbaumOct 17 2017 02:50 pm
    Betsy, My sympathies to you and your family. Know you are in my thoughts. Barbara Rothbaum
    Peggy Baggett Oct 17 2017 02:16 pm
    Betsy, Sarah, Danny, and Family, I am overwhelmingly sorrowed by the loss of Barry. And surprised! He seemed so young and vibrant whenever I was with him and you and/or your family that I was truly stunned and deeply saddened by this news. I will be unable to be with you tomorrow, but you will by in my thoughts and prayers: as belabored as that phrase has become, I mean it, and I am here for you if and when you need me. Barry was gifted in his ability to share love and joyfulness. It is an understatement to say he will be greatly missed. My daughter, Vic, sends special love to Sarah as well. With Love, Peggy
    Ben EntrekinOct 17 2017 01:58 pm
    It was an honor to know Barry if but for a couple brief years. A more humble, honest and caring man I haven't met. You are in my prayers, Betsy.
    polly and will hartOct 17 2017 01:55 pm
    Barry's life and how he lived it shines as a life well lived -- a person who enriched the lives of others. Kind, caring, generous with his time and talents -- he was easy to know and to admire. May his life instruct his children, grand-children and others how to live one's values -- as Barry did, in a world sorely in need of the example he set.
    Dinah AynaOct 17 2017 01:39 pm
    Dear Betsy and Family, My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. You and Barry will be in my prayers. May God give you strength and patience in the days and weeks to come. Deepest condolences, Dinah.
    Deb & Ben GottliebOct 17 2017 01:34 pm
    Dear Dr. Gard and family. Our prayers and condolences are with you at this very sad time.
    Susan EvansOct 17 2017 01:03 pm
    Betsy - I'm so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Susan Evans
    Lauren Levin and Cindy SmithOct 17 2017 11:21 am
    Dear Betsy and Family - We so loved getting to know you both in our "Wise Aging" class. Betsy, Barry absolutely adored you. We send you our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences. Lauren and Cindy.
    Joyce KinnardOct 17 2017 10:54 am
    Dear Betsy, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am grateful to have shared Rosh Hashana day 2 services with you and Barry. Please accept my deepest condolences. Joyce
    Jim PurvisOct 17 2017 10:45 am
    Dear Betsy: I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know that Barry was your greatest support (and ever faithful cameraman). Please accept my deepest condolences. Jim
    Lily GomezOct 17 2017 09:42 am
    Dear Sarah - and your entire family: My heart breaks for you. I hope you find peace in all the beautiful memories that your dad obviously made for you. He must have been a great man and I'm sure he will watch over his family from wherever he is now. God bless and may your broken heart heal... Love, Lily!
    Ellen and a Bruce Oct 17 2017 09:32 am
    Our hearts go out to you and your family at this time of profound loss. You are in our prayers for healing and peace.
    Steven PerlowOct 17 2017 08:43 am
    Dear Betsy and Family, I am so saddened to learn of the loss of Barry. He was a delightful man and clearly always there for you Betsy. I hope that your loving memories of all the years spent with him can help carry you through this time of grief.
    Eileen Niren and Philip HayetOct 17 2017 08:08 am
    Betsy and Family: We are so saddened to hear about Barry's passing. We have fond memories going back 20+ years of our boys down at the Huntcliff pool and all of us relaxing with neighbors. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Eileen and Philip
    Mitchell and Randi WilliamsOct 17 2017 08:00 am
    We are PROFOUNDLY sad at the loss of Barry and want to express our sincere condolences to his wife and children. We only became friends with Barry and Betsy in the last year or two (not nearly long enough). But our friendship was always easy and natural. I admired Barry for his upbeat spirit, a successful career, a strong marriage, and his extensive travel. In short, there was a lot to love and admire about Barry. In the end, I choose to remember Barry as a shining example of a life well lived!
    Michael JohnsOct 17 2017 07:59 am
    My heart goes out to you, Betsy. Deepest sympathies. I hope that peace finds you soon. Michael Johns
    Joel GittelsonOct 17 2017 01:48 am
    Our condolences on Barry's passing. I pledged Sigma Alpha Mu with Barry and we were initiated in 1961. We graduated together from Case in 1964. We saw each other periodically over the years since then and always enjoyed being together. May he rest in peace.
    Joe and Diane Wilush Oct 16 2017 11:57 pm
    Betsy and family, we are so very sorry for your loss of your beloved Barry. We so enjoyed spending time with you both at the Lake. Barry was a fine man who clearly was so very in love, with you Betsy. A precious couple. We pray that joyful memories of a wonderful life well lived and the warmth of his love of you and your family will sooth you during this time of loss. Much love and thoughtful prayers, Joe and Diane Wilush
    Amy StevensOct 16 2017 11:03 pm
    So sorry to hear of this. Not at all what I expected to hear of today. May you have peace and comfort in knowing that others care.
    Nick HumeOct 16 2017 10:58 pm
    Betsy - I am shocked and so sad. he was such a nice guy and a great supporter of you! I will miss seeing him.
    Robert and Joanne MaxOct 16 2017 10:57 pm
    Betsy, Robert and I are so profoundly saddened by the news of Barry’s passing. Barry was a true gentle man, sweet and caring, and an absolute wealth of knowledge. We have enjoyed our many times together, and Barry’s participation in Robert’s “guys night out” group. Our love and deepest condolences to you, Sarah, Adam, the twins, Daniel and Brenna.
    Michael SessionsOct 16 2017 10:01 pm
    Betsy, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family Michael
    DON MAYEROct 16 2017 09:50 pm
    BESTY, I was so glad to have spent the time with you and Barry at our 50th reunion. The two of you were such a wonderful couple. We will miss Barry and wish the best for you. Don Mayer
    Jennifer and Rebecca Stapel-WaxOct 16 2017 09:37 pm
    Betsy, Rebecca and I were stunned and saddened to hear of Barry's passing. Having just seen both of you at High Holidays, I feel fortunate that we got to greet you both. We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts. His memory is a blessing.
    Andrea Burgio-MurphyOct 16 2017 09:07 pm
    Betsy, I am very saddened and sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are truly with you.
    Bill DoverspikeOct 16 2017 08:51 pm
    Dear Betsy, I am so sorry for your loss. Remember that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Susan KaplanOct 16 2017 08:43 pm
    Dear Betsy, Barry was such a wonderful person. My love and prayers are with your family and you. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Melissa BoekhausOct 16 2017 08:26 pm
    Dear Betsy and family, I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Barry’s passing. He always greeted me with a hug and kiss on the cheek. He was energetic, warm, and kindhearted. He was a joy to know. I last saw him at Sarah’s birthday dinner and enjoyed getting to talk with him. Barry will be greatly missed and remembered.
    Rick BlueOct 16 2017 08:25 pm
    Betsy. I really enjoyed meeting Barry over the years and I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a nice person
    Kevin KingOct 16 2017 07:07 pm
    Betsy - how awful. I am so sorry. You must be so distressed. Please accept my condolences. Kevin King
    Ronnie GenserOct 16 2017 07:06 pm
    Betsy, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your beloved husband, Barry. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Mike BensonOct 16 2017 06:43 pm
    I'm so grateful and blessed to have met Barry. He was truly an inspiration to many, and I enjoyed every single Thursday evening with him, opening up to share our personal challenges, wisdom, hope, and support. He was so friendly, positive, introspective, caring, and honest. He spoke of his love for his wife and family often. He will be missed dearly.
    Sarah KnuthOct 16 2017 06:43 pm
    Betsy and family, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace during this most difficult of times.
    Lloyd GordonOct 16 2017 06:42 pm
    In our freshman year at Case, both Barry and I found ourselves in uncomfortable situations with our assigned dorm roommates. So we were re-assigned to each other, a very fortunate outcome. We also shared an apt. our senior year. Barry and I had many adventures together over the four years at Case. I did not see Barry again for another 51 years, until we reconnected again, with our wives, at my home in Calif., in Dec., 2015, and then again this year, in June, in Palo Alto. I am so grateful for both of those times. Barry was a wonderful, positive, outgoing force, and found an amazing match in Betsy. Both my wife, Kay, and I are deeply saddened and will miss you greatly.
    Bernie & Joyce BogrowOct 16 2017 06:36 pm
    Betsy, We are so saddened to here about Barry’s sudden death. We have fond memories of him. A nicer guy does not exist.
    Linda and Alan CampbellOct 16 2017 06:04 pm
    I feel very privileged to have seen Barry at the APA meeting where he was upbeat and enthusiastic as he always was. Alan and I are deeply saddened and our hearts go out to our dear friend Betsy and her family. Barry made a positive impact everywhere he went and with all of us who knew him. We will always remember that smile and good cheer he shared with all of us. Alan and Linda Campbell
    Irwin SingerOct 16 2017 05:02 pm
    Joan and I have shared wonderful moments with Barry and Betsy over the years, most recently in August in D.C. We have lots of photos/videos, and wonderful memories, to share with you, Betsy, and anyone else who is interested. Barry will always be with us in our memories.
    Howard & Dale KormanOct 16 2017 04:11 pm
    It is with deep regret that we learn about Barry's passing. As a classmate and SAM Fraternity brother of Barry, I enjoyed him very much while at Case (class of 1964). I will particularly remember our interaction at our 50th Case reunion. Barry was always a positive thinking person and fun to be with. I particularly enjoyed our interaction in 2014 with him and his wife. He will be missed!
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