Harold T Berlin
November 29, 1946 – December 15, 2010
Harold T. Berlin Sr., 64, Reading, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at home with his family. He was the husband of Linda S. Berlin. Born on Nov. 29, 1946, at McGee Hospital, Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Dr. Joseph and Bernice E. (Buck) Berlin of Pittsburgh.
Harold was a graduate of Baldwin High School and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor of fine arts in applied music in 1971 and a master's of fine arts in music education in 1972. He taught middle school music in Pittsburgh from 1971 to 1974.
Harold lived in Linz, Austria, from 1974 to 1977, where he taught English through the Fulbright program and was a contract translator for the Austrian Voest Steel Company. He also played trumpet in the Austrian Big Band, "Mustangs."
After returning to the United States, he served as head of the Alternative Learning Program at J.P. McCaskey High School. During this time, he earned his master of education in counselor education from Millersville University. He became a guidance counselor at Lampeter-Strasburg High School in 1980.
Harold then served as a house principal of Manheim Township Senior High School for over 20 years until his retirement in 2006, after earning an ABD and his principal's certificate from Temple University.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lancaster for 14 years where he sang in the Chancel Choir and played trumpet in the Brass Choir.
He was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. He was a member of the Professional Educator Association's Phi Delta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
In addition to his wife, Harold is survived by his two children, son, H. Thomas Berlin Jr., husband of Lauren, Baltimore, Md., and daughter, Gretchen Berlin, London, England; stepdaughter, Amanda, wife of Mike Zatko; brother, David Berlin, husband of Rachel, Gibsonia, Pa.; and niece, Lauren Berlin.
Contributions in Harold's memory may be sent to Heartland Hospice Care of Reading and CurePSP, Foundation for PSP/CBD and Brain Related Diseases.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family.
Auman Funeral Homes, Reiffton, is in charge of the arrangments. www.aumansinc.com
Harold T Berlin
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May 8, 2011
Dear Berlin Family,
My deepest sympathy to the Berlin family on the passing of a kind, considerate and caring Principal when I was at Manheim Township High School. I called him to thank him for his guidance and influence during my very troubled high school years and to let him know I had gone on to get my HS equivalency, attaining a college degree and succeeding in a rewarding career to thank him and let him know I was alright..not only did he remember me but he also told me that there are many paths people take to succeed in life. Mr. Berlin will always remain in my heart as a truly good man and dedicated educator.
December 20, 2010
Dear Linda and family:
My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Harold was a colleague of mine in the 1980's and 90's at Manheim Township and in fact, I did my administrative internship with him. He and Wendell Hower were instrumental in giving me my start in administration, and I learned a lot from them! May god watch over you and your family during this difficult time.
Principal- Schuylkill Valley High School