Cress Funeral Home

#

Obituary

Leonard Berkowitz
August 11, 1926 - January 3, 2016

Leonard Berkowitz

Leonard Berkowitz
Aug 11, 1926 - Jan 3, 2016

Leonard Berkowitz
Iframe toggler
Send Sympathy Gifts
Free Newsletter
Free Grief Support
Find Us On Facebook

MADISON, WIS- Leonard Berkowitz. Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died on January 3, 2016 at Oakwood Village in Madison, Wisconsin at the age of 89 after a short illness. Dr. Berkowitz was born on August 11, 1926 and grew up in New York City. He was the son of Morris and Goldie Berkowitz and the brother of Samuel Berkowitz, DDS, MS, FICD. He received his bachelor's degree from NYU. Following graduation, he served in the US Army during World War II as a meteorologist stationed in the Aleutian Islands. After the war, he attended and received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Berkowitz served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison from 1955 to 1989. He also held visiting appointments at Stanford, Oxford and Cornell Universities, as well as Churchill College at Cambridge University and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. Dr. Berkowitz was one of the pioneers in the experimental study of altruism but is, perhaps, best known for studying influences on aggressive behavior, including the effects of television and film violence. His work remains relevant for modern researchers and policy-makers. Dr. Berkowitz was the author of over 170 articles and books, including a number of textbooks on social psychology and is one of the most frequently cited psychologists of the twentieth century. In 1993, he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

After his retirement, Dr. Berkowitz continued to write in his field, submitting his last article for publication on November 1, 2015. In 2013, he received an honorary Doctor of Science from Ohio State University. He was an avid world traveler, collector of modern art, active follower of world events and opera-goer. He was also a member of the ABC Book Club of Madison, where he was known for his penetrating critiques of non-fiction works.

Dr. Berkowitz was pre-deceased by his first wife, Nettie Berkowitz in 1975. He is survived by his wife of forty years, Norma Berkowitz, two daughters, Phyllis Hathaway (John) and Marti Ellermann (Raymond), two stepsons, Warren and David Nesbitt, five grandchildren, two step-grandsons and a brother, Samuel Berkowitz (Lynn).

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The family is establishing a memorial fund in Dr. Berkowitz's honor for the benefit of graduate students in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Contributions should be mailed to the University of Wisconsin Foundation, Attention Andrew Kitslaar, 1848 University Avenue, Madison, Wis. 53726, for the Department of Psychology-Berkowitz Memorial Fund. Online (reference Berkowitz Memorial): http://www.psych.wisc.edu/giving.htm

Cress Funeral Service
3610 Speedway Road, Madison
(608) 238-3434

 
 

There are no tributes yet.

We encourage you to show your support by adding a tribute above:

  • Share your favorite memory of Leonard
  • Offer your condolences to the family
  • Light a virtual candle

Videos

There are no videos to display

Photos

Add a photo

Visitation

Service

Delivery to Service Unavailable

Have a floral question? Call +1 888 455 4590

Healing Registry Unavailable at the Moment!

Loading...

Product Name

Description

$0

-
+

Your Shopping Cart is Empty

Jane Doe ×

What's your email address?

What Would You Like Written on the Card?

Choose a Delivery Date

* Note: Delivery is only available on highlighted dates for flowers ONLY. Sunday delivery will not be available on all flower purchases.

Where Would You Like To Deliver To

 
 

No obituaries found

Product Details

Loading...

Product Name

Description

$0

Iframe toggler
Send Sympathy Gifts
Free Newsletter
Free Grief Support
Find Us On Facebook
Leonard Berkowitz

Sign in to add your memory

We will never post without permission

Leonard Berkowitz

Share Photo/Memorial Tributes

Leonard Berkowitz

Add to Your Calendar

Leonard Berkowitz

Obit Checkin

Leonard Berkowitz

Obituary Notifications

Grief Support

Leonard Berkowitz

Get Updates - tribute notifications

Thank you for sharing your memory of Leonard

Help show your support by providing a gift of flowers and spreading the word.

Gift of Flowers

Offer comfort and support to the family with beautiful flowers and spreads

Send Flowers Browse Flowers

Spread the Word

Help friends and acquaintances of Leonard leave memories by sharing to Facebook

Share to Facebook Share on Facebook

Cress Funeral Service, Inc. BBB Business Review