Emil Berg

As business manager of KSU from 1946 until his retirement in 1971, he oversaw the unprecedented expansion of the campus which occurred during the enrollment boom which followed World War II. Projects completed during his tenure included more than 20 residence halls, the 12-story library, a football stadium and several classroom buildings.

Mr. Berg died Nov. 18 in Naples, Fla., where he had resided since 1986. He was 96.

When Mr. Berg retired, KSU President Robert White commented that his departure from the university "ends an activity which will never again be equaled in the history of Kent State." The university honored his service in 1972, when he was presented with a Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Berg was a detail-oriented man, who took pride in seeing projects to completion. In addition to his duties as business manager, he also supervised maintenance, renovation and repairs of university facilities.

"He was at the university every day, even on Sundays," recalled Dona Hall, who worked with him as his secretary. "He was always checking on things at the campus, making sure they were O.K."

A caring and compassionate man, he was "a wonderful boss," she said. He was fraternity adviser for Alpha Tau Omega for many years and was a private counselor and friend to two generations of students.

In addition to his duties at KSU, he was a member of the Kent Rotary Club for 28 years, serving for 23 years as secretary-treasurer. He also served as secretary of the Portage County Children's Society, was a board member of First Federal Savings and Loan in Kent and a member of the Men's Garden Club of Kent.

Survivors include his son, Jeffrey of Basking Ridge, N.J.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His wife, Beulah, to whom he was married 53 years, died previously.

A memorial service was held Nov. 22 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Churchin Naples.

Memorials may be made to the Alpha Tau Omega Memorial Fund, in care of George Novak, 27744 Sanders Lane, North Olmstead, Ohio, 44070.

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