2018-02-27 / Obituaries

Louise A. Berlin

Louise Arnold Berlin died on February 22, 2018 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Beloved wife of A. Jan Berlin, MD, theirs was a true partnership full of many passions including singing choral music, gardening, theater, concerts, skiing, bird watching, bicycling, sailing their sloop Aria, hiking, canoeing and more.

She was born on January 6, 1947 to Clara L. and Thomas H. Arnold in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Woodlawn Senior High School. She graduated from Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences in 1969. After college, she worked in the field of ophthalmic ultrasound for twenty-five years. Beginning as a Research Assistant at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, she participated in groundbreaking basic science and clinical research, and went on to several national positions developing the profession of diagnostic medical sonography.

In 1980 Louise married Jan and moved to Cleveland. She founded and led the ophthalmic ultrasound diagnostic laboratory at the Cleveland Clinic for ten years. She also co-founded the Cleveland Clinic School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Louise served on the board and as Chair of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. She served on the board and as Treasurer of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and co-founded the Educational Foundation of the Society. Her publications include coauthoring 32 articles in medical journals. In 1988, Louise received the Pioneer Award from the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine in recognition of contributions to the development of ultrasound.

Louise moved to South Freeport, Maine with her husband in 1990. In 1995 she earned a J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law and practiced law for ten years. She volunteered for Freeport Community Services, served on the board, and assisted in raising significant funds to build the Freeport Community Center. Louise loved music her whole life and sang in church choirs since she was six years old. In Maine, she sang with ChoralART and the Oratorio Chorale. From 2007 – 2015 she volunteered at Maine Adaptive Sports teaching visually impaired people to ski. She was an active member, volunteer and President of the Governing Board at First Parish in Portland, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Louise is survived by Jan, her beloved husband of 38 years, her two step-children and their spouses and children: Bruce and Joan Berlin and their children Nicole and Clark Berlin; Brenda Berlin Post and her husband John; and her brother, James Arnold and his wife, Loretta.

A memorial service will be held at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101 on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 3 pm. Memorial gifts may be made to the First Parish Church Accessibility Project, a cause Louise initiated, or to The ALS Association

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