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In Remembrance
Dr. Bernard Haber
J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home

Dr. Bernard HaberDr. Bernard Haber of Galveston passed away on July 23, 2007 after a long battle with diabetes. Bernard was the only child of Maria Giewerc and Michael Haber. He was born in Lodz, Poland on July 20, 1934.
Although Bernard and his mother survived the Holocaust, his father did not. After the war, Bernard and his mother moved to London, where Bernard and his Uncle Pinick sold skirts in Piccadilly Square. After graduating from an English boarding school, Bernard arrived in Montreal, Canada. He attended McGill University where he received his Phd in Neurochemistry in 1963. He then moved to the states, landing first in Illinois, then Los Angeles where he did research at The City of Hope. He finally came to Galveston in 1971 and there he remained until his death. Bernard was a researcher at UTMB as well as editor and chief of the Journal of Neuroscience Research until his retirement in 1999. After his retirement, Bernard served as liaison between the American and European Academy of Neuroscience, helping to facilitate meetings in various countries, until his health no longer allowed it.
Bernard left an indelible mark on the scientific community. So much so that the American Society for Neurochemistry gives an annual award in his honor for promising students in the field of neuroscience. Nothing pleased Bernard more than good wine, good food, and good friends. He was semi-famous for his gourmet cooking and infamous for his wild and crazy parties. If you are reading this, you probably attended at least one of them. Because of his background and geographical history, Bernard had friends and family members located over much of the globe. He was loved by many and despised by a few, but none of us will ever forget Bernard Haber. God did indeed break the mold with Bernard (intentionally, we’re sure). Bernard was a handsome man who was often mistaken for being a Mexican or Arab, and once was even mistaken for a turtle (long story).
Bernard is survived by his wife Cindy; and the love of his life, his son Julian. He also leaves daughters Leslie of Tampa and Debra of Atlanta; grandchildren Rachel of Houston, Josh of Boca Raton, and Daniel and Gabby of South Africa; also his beloved Aunt Irene of London who risked her life during World War II to save Bernard.
He is preceded in death by his son Harold of Galveston.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 7:00 P.M. at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, with Rabbi James Kessler officiating.
Bernard will be greatly missed. Big Guy, we’ll see you on the other side! Have the wine ready! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 175, Houston, Texas 77057-4989 or the Animal Shelter and Adoption Center of Galveston Island, 6814 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77551. 

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