Sidney Lieberman, 83, dentist who gave art to Towson State

November 19, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Dr. Sidney Lieberman, a retired dentist who with his wife donated more than 40 works of art to Towson State University as a memorial to their two sons, died Nov. 11 of cancer at his Northwest Baltimore residence. He was 83.

In 1983, the couple began donating art from their collection to Towson State, from which both graduated in 1932. The Lieberman Room on campus was dedicated in memory of their son Richard, 23, who died in a 1968 scuba diving accident.

In 1971, their son Ronald, who worked at the Social Security Administration, died of a heart defect.

The gallery includes works by Picasso, Chagall, Miro and Josef Karsh; local artists include Herman Maril, A. Aubrey Bodine and Amalie Rothschild.

The couple have contributed annually to the collection and have provided for its continued maintenance.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Dr. Lieberman graduated from City College in 1930 and the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1938.

That year he married Mignon Newman and opened a practice on Eutaw Place. He moved his office to Park Heights Avenue in 1955 and retired in 1988.

He taught at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry from 1938 to 1945 and served in the Army Dental Corps during the Korean War. He was discharged as a major in 1954.

Dr. Lieberman made jewelry, using the ancient Egyptian technique of casting molten gold, and taught jewelry design and technique and photography at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Loyola College and Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Mrs. Lieberman was an instructor for more than 20 years in Towson State's sociology department, which the Liebermans endowed along with the department of anthropology.

The Liebermans also established a competitive musical recital program for Towson music students and were named Distinguished Alumni for 1996 by the university.

Dr. Lieberman was a member of the Brotherhood at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and served as an elector and vice president of the congregation.

Services were held Thursday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Pub Date: 11/19/96

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