Dr. William “Bill” Berlin -WHS CLASS 1944-DEC 28, 2017
Dr.William”Bill” Berlin, age 91,died December 28th,2017 after a brief illness. He was born in Winslow,In on November 16,1926 to Eskel and Irene (Agee) Berlin. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Gloria(Hill) Berlin. He leaves a daughter Pamela Johnson husband Bennie of Newburgh,In. Grandson Ed Corn wife Kim and great-granddaughter Petra of Evansville,In. Grandson Don Corn and great-grandson Max of Nashville,Tennessee. A granddaughter Vicki Pancake of Oakland City,In., a daughter Bridget Berlin and husband Louis Cuellar of Los Lunas,NM. Son William “Tad” Berlin wife Becky and granddaughter Brooke of Albuquerque,NM. Son Mathew Berlin wife Christina, granddaughter Kyran and grandson Matthew of Pasadena,Ca. Also survived by companion Ms. Darlene Breech of Elephant Butte,NM.
After serving in the Navy during WWll Bill and Gloria ,both of Winslow and high school alumni wed and raised their family in Pike County,In. Bill taught at Lodge Elementary in Evansville for 13 years then earned his PhD in Education from Indiana State University. He went on to to lead educational programs for teachers at IP Purdue in Ft. Wayne,In. and Southwestern Oklahoma State University In Weatherford,Ok.
Bill’s passion fo education and language preservation changed his career path. After his tenure as college professor,he worked for several years creating educational programs for the Cheyenne &Arapaho Tribes of central Oklahoma,then moved to New Mexico to work as superintendent for the Alamo Navajo School Board near Magdalena,NM. until retiring in the mid 1990’s.
After Gloria’s death in 1999, he returned for a short time to Indiana,but ultimately settled back in New Mexico. He and Ms. Breech lived for many years in Elephant Butte,enjoying warm temperatures,the lovely lake, and the company of family and friends. Bill’s health may have declined,but he maintained his tenacity and humor for all his days.
In lieu of services, Bill and his family requested donations be made to the Presbyterian Hospice program of Albuquerque,NM or to The Alzheimer’s Association.