Dick Berlinger

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1410 Warner Road
Meadowbrook, Pa.

Rich, Dick, Burly, Bernie

Vox faucibus haesit. VERGIL.

Entered School 1947. Chorus, 3 years; Student Manager of Chorus, 1959-60; Charter Singers, 2 years; Quakers Dozen, 2 years; Class Record Staff; History Club, 1 year; P.C. in Soccer, 1 year (Mgr.); Germantown Schools' Community Council.

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Deceased November 14, 2015

Former Residence
613 Dreshertown Road
Fort Washington, PA  19034-3023
215-793-9168 (h)
215-460-3111 (c)

Former Business
Berlinger and Small
1494 Old York Road, Suite 200
Abington, PA  19001

Wife: Nora
Children: Eric


In Memory of Richard William "Dick" Berlinger, 1942 - 2015

Richard William "Dick" Berlinger, Esq., age 73, a resident of Fort Washington, PA for the past 16 years and formerly of Abington, PA and Meadowbrook, PA died on November 14, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Nora Jane Land Berlinger for 41 years.

Born in Philadelphia, Dick was the son of the late Frederick Gottlob Berlinger and the late Anna Gertrude Martin Berlinger. Dick graduated from the William Penn Charter School in 1960. In 1964, He earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the Glee Club. He later studied law at Temple University and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1967.

After graduating from Temple Law School, Dick began his professional career with the law firm of Waters, Fleer, Cooper & Gallagher. He was there until 1972 when he joined the firm of Malis, Tolson & Malis. In 1980, he began his private practice and was still practicing law at the time of his death.

Dick was a long-time member of the Montgomery County Bar Association. During his membership, he served as President of Trial Lawyers and as Chairman of the By-Laws Committee. He also served on the Real Estate Committee, Family Law Committee, Board of Directors, Mentoring Committee, Civil Practice Manual Committee, Judicial Committee, Bench Bar Committee, and on the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Program. He also had admittances on the Pennsylvania and Supreme Court of the United States Bars.

Dick served on as Judge of Elections in Montgomery County.

He was an avid sailor and current member of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia. He was a former co-founder of the Union League of Philadelphia Yacht Club. He proudly finished multiple off-shore races from the U.S. to Bermuda and Canada. In addition, he was a member of the Philadelphia Ship Modeling Society.

Outside of his sailing interests, he was a skilled handyman and enjoyed furniture-making and had previously been a member of the Gilbert & Sullivan Players of Philadelphia.

Dick was a 35-year member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where he was a member of the Chancel Choir, was an Ordained Elder, and formerly chaired the Property Committee. He was a former member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkins Park.

In addition to his wife, Nora, Dick is survived by his cherished son, Richard Eric Berlinger of New York, NY.

Memorial Service will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church, Old York and Vista Roads, Jenkintown, PA at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 4, 2015. Friends will be received after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Grace Presbyterian Church, Attn: Music Program, 444 Old York Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046, or to The Bruce Montgomery Foundation for the Arts, P.O. Box 1565, Blue Bell, PA 19422 (www.brucemontgomery.org) or to Corinthian Sailing Foundation, Attn: Youth and Underprivileged Sailing Programs, 450 Sentry Parkway, Suite 103, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

On 10/18/10 Dick wrote to Jim Arrison as follows, responding to Jim's communication of the death of Sam Winner OPC '59:


Thanks for keeping the Class advised of OPC news, even when it's less than cheery. We must all accept our mortality and remember the goods things we have experienced in life.

In that regard, here is a bit of news that I should have shared earlier but did not except with Jock Deasey. I was diagnosed with a non-Hodgkins lymphoma in late June and have finished the prescribed 6 chemo treatments on 10/11/10. Next week is a radiation consult to decide whether it is appropriate
don't want to "cook" good organs! I have been very fortunate in experiencing relatively mild side effects, but from what has occurred I can have great empathy for those who have had the greater effects.

My first reaction was, and continues, to maintain good spirits and attitude and not indulge in self-pity, anger, remorse and all of the other negatives to which one might succumb. The 23rd Psalm immediately came to the fore and has sustained us. In truth, I think the strain and stress has been greater on Nora as she has encouraged me continuously, and probably at time with some exasperation, in my efforts to retain my lifestyle and profession as much as possible. I do tire and as a result missed the Phillies fireworks last night!

The prognosis is good. I had a clean PET scan a few weeks ago and there is nothing to suggest other than full remission. Will keep you advised.


Richard W. Berlinger
Berlinger & Small
1494 Old York Rd.
Abington, Pa. 19001