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Levine Chapels

470 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

OBITUARY

Sacvan Bercovitch

Sacvan “Saki” Bercovitch, of Brookline, formerly of Newton and Cambridge on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. For 26 years, he was the beloved husband of Susan L. Mizruchi. Loving father of Eytan Bercovitch of Berkeley, CA and Sascha Bercovitch of Brookline. Dear brother of Sylvia Ary of Montreal, Canada and Ninel Segal of Providence, RI. A memorial service will be held at the Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard St., Brookline on Thursday, December 11 at 11:00am. Memorial observance Thursday evening from 6-9pm at his late residence. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, 10495 Santa Monica Blvd, Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90025, give.mazon.org.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 11, 2014

Memories

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Maureen Gannon

May 25, 2015

Ah!!! Saki! I'll always love you!
I learned more form you as a teacher , a friend, and a human being that I have learned from anyone else in my life.
Maureen

January 7, 2015

Our very very deepest sympathies .Sy was Saki's best friend all through their school years in Montreal. He will always be remembered by us.
Sandra and Sy Waldman
Kibbutz Hatzor-Ashdod, Israel

Betsy Jaeger

January 6, 2015

I first heard today. I was a grad student at Columbia and because of him chose to specialize in Early American lit. He remains a beacon of light, an illuminator of meaning, an inspiration, a mentor, a man with a deep and kind neshama. We last corresponded by email in 2010. I send my tearful condolences to his family but also to all who knew and loved him as I did.

Giuseppe Nori, AISNA President

December 26, 2014

The Italian Association of North American Studies (AISNA) mourns the loss of Sacvan Bercovitch, one of the most influential and transformative scholars of the second half of the twentieth century, and gives the warmest condolences to his wife Susan and his sons Sascha and Eytan.

Giuseppe Nori

December 26, 2014

Sacvan Bercovitch was an exceptional teacher and mentor, at once generous and rigorous, a model of intellectual honesty and a source of inspiration and direction in difficult times. Sacvan Bercovitch was also 'Saki,' a man who could turn a relation with former students into "a bond that stands out as an example of the privilege of teaching."
RIP Saki.

Joyce Rowe

December 13, 2014

I share the sentiments of all who speak of Saki as a marvel of a teacher and a dear man. I knew him as a graduate student at Columbia,was inspired by him to pursue a PhD in American Literature, and to then model my teaching after his example. He was an original. I am so glad to have been able to see him two years ago in Boston and join in the celebration of his life. Warm condolences to his family and all who loved him.

Rafia Zafar

December 13, 2014

My profoundest sympathies to Susan Mizruchi, Sascha, Eytan, and the family. I remember the evening before my orals walking across Cambridge Common and talking with Saki about the transparent eyeball; it remains one of the highlights of my intellectual life. Sacvan Bercovitch, z"l. Rafia Zafar

Ed Simon

December 13, 2014

From a young scholar, Dr. Bercovitch was one of the true greats. I write not a word that isn't influenced by him (I only hope I can offer a fraction of his insight). Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba.

Howard Segal

December 12, 2014

I first met Saki when, as a graduate student at Princeton in the early 1970's, I had the opportunity of taking his seminar on American literature in his capacity as a visiting professor. I learned so much--not just in terms of appreciating a towering intellect but also in terms of appreciating that an academic star can still be a mensch.
Prof. Howard Segal, University of Maine

Christoph Irmscher

December 12, 2014

I loved Saki. He welcomed me to Cambridge over two decades ago. He was one of the kindest and warmest people I have known and had an uncanny way of cheering you up when you were down. He left me a phone message once that was so wonderful that I have saved the tape to this day, although the answering machine is long gone. I have moved four times since, but I know exactly where that tape is (and I always will). My condolences to his family.

FROM THE FAMILY