Daniel Berliant, 59

Executive, consultant

April 23, 2007

Daniel Berliant, a former human resources executive for U.S. Foodservice Inc. in Columbia and consultant to the Teamsters Union Local 355, died of acute leukemia April 14 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 59.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Mr. Berliant later moved with his family to Allentown, Pa., where he graduated from local schools.

He attended Pennsylvania State University in State College, graduating in 1968 from the Smeal College of Business with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

He took a position as a plant personnel manager for Diamond Shamrock Corp., in Cleveland. In 1975, he moved to Baltimore and began work with American National Can Corp. as area manager of industrial relations. Two years later he met Christine Oppido, and they wed in May 1978.

Mr. Berliant was named director of human resources at Lockheed Martin Corp. in 1980 and later became manager of employee relations. During that time he also attended the Johns Hopkins University, earning a master's degree in administrative science in 1981.

Mr. Berliant left Lockheed Martin in 1985 to become director, and later vice president for human resources at U.S. Foodservice. He remained there until his position was eliminated in a reorganization in 2003.

In 2006 he took a position on the board of the Teamsters Union Local 355, and last summer became a full-time benefits management consultant for the union.

Mr. Berliant had a lifelong love for all sports and was happiest on the golf course, his family said. He was an enthusiastic fan of Nittany Lions football and its longtime coach, Joe Paterno.

Speakers at his funeral service noted with admiration how he handled his job loss in 2003 and his final illness and another 15 years ago. "Dan accepted the challenges he faced in his lifetime with grace and dignity," his wife said.

Services were held Thursday at Sol Levinson and Bros. Funeral Home in Pikesville.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Berliant is survived by a brother, Victor Berliant of San Rafael, Calif.; a sister, Louise Seibel of Carmel, Calif.; two sons, Gregory Berliant of Denver and James Berliant of Baltimore; a daughter, Leslie Schram of Palm Beach, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

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