Remembering Paul Dennig Jr., recent Cal grad who died in car crash
A bright spirit with a love of intellectual challenges and a capacity for forming deep friendships, he earned his master’s in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley in 2022.
Remembering James Henry Jacobs Jr., Berkeley’s first African American librarian
He began the Summer Reading Program and pushed to desegregate the library’s collection. Humble, humorous and multi-talented, he spent the Korean War interpreting for the U.S. Army in Japan, where he competed in judo at the highest level.
With obituaries, we share Berkeley’s history through the people who lived it
Berkeleyside has published free obituaries written by members of the community for over 13 years. Here’s why.
As part of our service to the community, Berkeleyside is honored to publish, at no charge, obituaries of members of the Berkeley community. Email a Google or Word document with the text and photo(s), preferably JPGs at least 1,200 px in width by 900 px in height, to email@example.com.
Remembering Elliot Halpern, who fought for fair policing and civil rights in Berkeley
Halpern ran an Albany tax practice, co-led the Racism and Criminal Justice Reform group and helped establish the city’s Police Accountability Board.
Remembering David Rowinski, a ‘garden fairy’ and the yenta of West Berkeley
A creative force and a voracious gossip — a curmudgeon who inspired great loyalty — Rowinski, 86, worked as a photographer, river guide, gardener, and plantsman.
Remembering Daniel Altman, architect who painted sites of Berkeley
Moving to the U.S. from Israel as a young adult, Altman worked as a developer, builder and architect before beginning a third act in painting.
A ‘lovely person inside and out’: Berkeley High cheerleader dies unexpectedly
Lillia Bartlow, who was involved in a collision on Claremont Avenue in 2016, died Friday. She was 16.
Remembering Malcolm Burnstein, attorney for the Free Speech Movement
Burnstein represented protesters arrested during the Free Speech Movement, and later architected the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and served as Rep. Barbara Lee’s campaign treasurer.
Remembering Norman Schneider, professor of urban studies
A witty, curious, thoughtful conversationalist, Schneider studied the economics of nonprofits and enjoyed his retirement in a home outside Healdsburg until it burned in August 2020.