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Memorable Manitobans: Herman Ivan Berkowitz (1936-2017)

Community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 23 November 1936, son of Julius Berkowitz and Bernice Shragge (1909-1966), he received a Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from Harvard University. He then joined the family business Monarch Wear of Canada where he worked in marketing before establishing H. I. Marketing.

Having lost both parents to heart-related ailments, he was keenly interested in heart health, serving as President of the Manitoba Heart Foundation, a member of the Board of the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, and founder and President of the Myles Robinson Memorial Heart Fund. For 15 years he was the Development Director at the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences. He volunteered with Variety Club and served on the board for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

He died at Winnipeg on 15 June 2017.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 June 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2022

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