Harold Berman, Auditor For Lunar Program

November 02, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

Harold Berman, an engineering auditor who worked in the lunar exploration program and was active in Harford County astronomy, died Oct. 25 of complications from congestive heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Owings Mills resident was 84.

Born in Indianapolis, he served in the Navy during World War II. He earned a business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh and became an auditor who supervised government contracts. He worked for NASA in Huntsville, Ala., during the 1960s and was part of the Saturn V program, the booster rocket that put men on the moon.

He moved to Joppa in Harford County in 1968 and worked for the Army's Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground. A neurological disorder forced his retirement in the late 1980s.

Mr. Berman was a founder of the Harford County Astronomical Society in Bel Air. He helped acquire surplus telescopes from the military and assisted in having the club run an observatory at Harford Community College. He was past president and board member of the astronomy club.

He was a member of the Bolton Street Synagogue, where services were held Wednesday.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Berman of Timonium and Lewis Berman of Baltimore; a sister, Leona Schneider of Cranbury, N.J.; and two grandchildren. His wife of 59 years, the former Lenore Paull, died in 2008.

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