Dr. Shawn L. Berkin

October 7, 1948November 15, 2021

Shawn “Lewis” Berkin passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on November 15, 2021 at the age of 73. He was the loving husband of Carol Berkin, devoted father to Heather, Bradley, and Brian, and doting grandfather to Asher, Remi, Owen, and Miles. He was the cherished brother to Drucie and Craig, and committed uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

A native of St. Louis, MO, Lewis attended Ladue High School, the University of Missouri, and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. After medical school, he spent 16 years serving in the U.S. Army, including time spent as a flight surgeon, while living in Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA with his young family. Lewis would go on to establish his own practice in St. Louis, where he tirelessly served as a family physician for over 40 years. He loved his patients and took immense pride in caring for them.

Lewis found pleasure in simple things: collecting t-shirts from local establishments, jogging the neighborhood, and watching 1970s cinema. His greatest treasure though was his family. He loved nothing more than singing and dancing with Heather, discussing the finer points of life with Bradley, and attending St. Louis Cardinals baseball games with Brian. He and Carol were devoted best friends, married for 46 years. They lived a privately full life of inside jokes, family gatherings, and an indulgence in frozen custard and Law and Order re-runs.

His life was an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed and forever loved.

Graveside service Friday, November 19, 10:30 am at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, 650 White Road. Memorial contributions preferred to United Hebrew Congregation or a charity of your choice. There will be a virtual shiva on Sunday, November 21 from 10 am to noon, and can be accessed at


  • Graveside Funeral Service

    Friday, November 19, 2021


  • Virtual Shiva

    Sunday, November 21, 2021



Dr. Shawn L. Berkin

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Michele Hunt

November 21, 2021

Dear Carol and family,
I did transcription for Dr. Berkin for many, many years. He was always a gentleman and very precise regarding the Worker’s Compensation end of his practice. He always had a smile on his face. I was so sorry to hear of his passing and extend my sincerest condolences to all of his family.

Michele Hunt

joean mysliwiec

November 18, 2021

My heart is breaking for each of you! There are no words just love and prayers for you and your family at this time and for your wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. May the hearts that reach out to you catch your tears knowing you are all so loved.
Jo Mamma

Kenneth Leeds

November 18, 2021

Like many lawyers in St. Louis, I will have long and happy memories of Dr. Berkin. He was always courteous, warm, funny and respectful of my clients. I will miss him.

Ken Leeds

john malec

November 18, 2021

Our sympathy to the family of a wonderful doctor. Our firm utilized his services for treatment and disability reports on our clients for decades. He was always helpful and always willing to render his opinions on the best restaurants while on vacation. We will miss him.

John Malec and James M. Martin
Martin & Malec

Heather Corndorf

November 17, 2021

Jack Adams

November 17, 2021

I only knew him as a rating doctor for workers' compensation. I admired how he was unshakable in a deposition despite being attacked by defense counsel.

Cecily Marcus

November 17, 2021

Our deepest sympathies go to you, Heather, and to your entire family. May Dr. Berkin's memory be a blessing.

Cecily Marcus, Steve, Pearl, and Rose Perry

Jim Rubenstein

November 17, 2021

Shawn was my pledge son at the university of Missouri and I remember him as a sweet, smart guy. He had a great sense of humor and loved helping other people. He will be missed

Jim Rubenstein

Sam Eveland

November 17, 2021

Over the years I knew him as Dr. Berkin professionally and Shawn personally. He was caring and giving, a real sweetheart of a guy. He is loved and missed.

Ron Kean

November 17, 2021

He was always a nice guy. He should rest in peace.