|Birth: ||May 7, 1951|
|Death: ||Oct. 31, 2004|
David M. Berkey, 53, of Tucson, Arizona, died peacefully on Oct. 31, 2004, at Carondelet Hospice, Tucson, AZ, after a fourteen-month battle with cancer. He was born on May 7, 1951, in Chicago, IL, to Alfred J. Berkey and Mildred Dietrich Berkey. When David was two his family moved to Kewaunee, Wisc., where he grew up. He graduated from Holy Rosary School, Kewaunee High School Class of 1969, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and earned a Master's Degree in Dance from UCLA.
David served on the faculties of Western Washington University, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the University of Oregon, the University of Hawaii, as visiting faculty, and danced as a Soloist at Staatstheater Kassel, Kassel, Germany. Returning to the Midwest, he worked as professor of dance at the University of Iowa for 19 years, chairing the department from 1999 to 2002, before moving to Tucson to join the University of Arizona Division of Dance.
His passing will mark the end of a distinguished choreographic career. He created over 80 dances for University-based and professional dance companies. These dances were performed by major companies across the U.S. and abroad, including China, Canada, France and Germany. In 1997, he created his own small company, David Berkey Dance, and also was commissioned to create a new ballet for American Ballet Theater Studio Company, New York, NY, junior company to American's foremost ballet company, ABT.
David is survived by his parents, Alfred and Mildred Berkey of Kewaunee, Wisc., and two brothers, William Berkey and special friend, Paula Murray, of Green Bay, Wisc., and Steven Berkey, wife, Renee Berkey, and daughter, Karissa Berkey, of Coral Springs, Fla. Other survivors include nephew, Brian, and niece, Jennifer Berkey of Kewaunee and their mother, Bonnie Berkey, aunts and uncles, Walter and Eileen Dietrich and Beatrice Pritzel of Kiel, Hal and Mary Dietrich of Brillion, Wisc., and Etta Sacharski of Chicago, Ill., and numerous cousins.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Church in Kewaunee, Wisc., at a date to be announced, with internment in the family plot at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Kewaunee.
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