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David Lester Bergman
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Birth: Apr. 29, 1937
Georgia, USA
Death: Oct. 9, 2009

David L. Bergman 4-29-37 - 10-9-09 David was born in Atlanta, GA, to Charles and Polly Bergman. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering in 1960. He called the BIE "Bachelor of Itinerant Engineering" as he had many jobs in many different industries: Matthews Conveyor (PA), Boeing (WA), Lockheed-Georgia, Lockheed Missiles & Space (which brought him to the Bay Area in 1967), California Microwave, Shaklee, Intel, etc. He was a registered Professional Engineer and received his MBA from SJSU in 1971. In 1987 he began his dream job with County of Santa Clara, Facilities Dept., GSA/Capital Programs Division as a construction projects manager, mostly overseeing projects dealing with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and fire code compliance. His wife Pat would tell people, "He spends a lot of time in jail!" And if he heard it, he would add, "But I have a 'Get-Out-of-Jail-Free' card!" Many of his projects were in the jails and youth detention centers as well as the courts, communication center, and other County offices. He enjoyed his work and the people with whom he worked, and especially appreciated his colleague Siva Darbhamulla. He regretfully retired July 1 because of health issues. In 1960 David married Anita Gail Cohen of Pittsburgh, PA, who died of Hodgkin's Disease in 1964. He married Patricia H Gross of Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 1966. He was a student of the late Rav A. H. Lapin for 14 years, who gave him inspiration to do a great deal to further Jewish life in the South Bay area. He was very involved with the founding of Congregation Am Echad in 1970, South Peninsula Hebrew Day School in 1972, and Ahabat Torah in 1994. He was the president of Torah Academy for a year. He, with Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, founded and built the Mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) of San Jose of which David was president. As serious as he was about all these activities, he always liked to tell good old jokes. David is survived by his beloved and loving family members: wife Pat; son Marcus, wife Teresa and their son Charles; son Ivan, wife Kiana and their daughter Naomi; and his brother Carl, wife Margie Odle and their daughters Sydney and Hannah. He was also very close to Pat's sister Carol Clarkson and her daughter Joanna. The family wishes to thank Dr. Sheryl Sun, his internist, and Dr. Uma Vadlakonda, his cardiologist, for their many years of care at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara; Bob Jackson of Oak Hill Funeral Home, Lima Family Mortuary, Menashe Taban and the Chevra Kadisha of the South Bay, Wayne Rose of Sinai Memorial Chapel, and Rabbi Simcha Green of Ahabat Torah for their assistance with all of the final arrangements. David was interred at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, on October 12. The family also wishes to thank the very many friends, relatives and neighbors who gave their support and condolences. In particular, Don Jamieson has been the neighbor the family could count on to help in so many ways and for so many years, Irene Johnson who frequently provided assistance, and Abe Gindi with whom David enjoyed many years of walks to and from synagogue.

Published in San Jose Mercury News on October 23, 2009.
Family links: 
  Charles Weinstock Bergman (1905 - 1994)
  Polly Clein Bergman (1910 - 1989)
Created by: Travelingal
Record added: Oct 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59807933

God in peace.
- Travelingal
 Added: Oct. 9, 2010

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