David Bert, 86, insurance manager, veteran

April 27, 2002

David R. Bert, a World War II veteran and longtime insurance manager and Lutherville resident, died Monday of heart and kidney disease at Oakcrest Village Care Center. He was 86.

Born in New York City, he grew up in northern New Jersey, where he met Virginia Goossens. They married in 1944, when she took a train to meet him at his army base in Great Bend, Kan.

Soon afterward, he was sent to the Pacific Theater with the 1915th Engineering Aviation Battalion and spent a year in Okinawa. The battalion was preparing to invade Japan when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending the war.

"They were all so thankful at the time that they would not be heading for Japan," his wife said.

After the war, Mr. Bert went to work for Glens Falls Insurance Co. in Baltimore. After 24 years as manager of its engineering and audit department, he spent nine years with its successor, Continental Insurance Co., before retiring in 1980.

"He was very good at what he did," his wife said.

After living in Lutherville for 34 years, Mr. Bert moved to Oakcrest Village in 1996.

Services were held Friday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Gary Bert of Phoenix, Md., and Dr. Jeffrey Bert of Durham, Conn.; and four grandchildren.

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