WMU News

Laurence H. Berman

June 5, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Laurence H. Berman, retired director of the University Counseling and Testing Center at Western Michigan University, died May 26 in Kalamazoo. He was 69.

Berman came to WMU in 1967 as a test evaluation specialist in the counseling and testing center and was named head of the center the same year. He retired in 1996 after more than 29 years with WMU.

Previously, Berman had been director of testing and research at the Custer Job Corp. Center. He began his career as an elementary teacher in Muskegon, Mich., and later served as a teacher and counselor in the Mattawan (Mich.) Public Schools and as a junior high counselor for the Kalamazoo Public Schools.

Berman, a Korean War veteran, was past president of the Kalamazoo County Personnel and Guidance Association and a member of several state and national professional organizations. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from WMU in 1959 and 1963, respectively, and a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan in 1981.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or American Lung Association.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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