Warren Berl: 1920-2009

Jan. 4, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford men's golf program enters the new year without one of the finest golfers to come through the program: Warren Berl, a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame who died Nov. 22 at his home in San Francisco at the age of 89.

Berl (class of '42) was a member of national championship teams in 1939 and 1941, finishing as the NCAA runner-up in '41.

He later served in the Pacific Theater at a Lieutenant on the U.S. Navy during World War II, including on the destroyer Aaron Ward, which was sunk at Guadalcanal. Berl went on to a successful business career when he joined his father at Edwin D. Berl & Sons, a San Francisco investment firm.

He continued on in golf, winning seven club championships at Lake Merced Golf and Country Club.

Donations in his memory may be made to National M.S. Society Northern California Chapter 1700 Owens St., Ste 190, San Francisco 94158, the Berl/Tatum Scholarship c/o Stanford Athletic Department, 641 East Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305-6150, and the Institute on Aging (IOA) 3330 Geary Blvd. San Francisco 94118.

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