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Dear Social Networkers,
Our former colleague, Steve Berkowitz, has died, this past Wednesday night
or Thursday morning. The immediate cause of death was a heart attack,
while Steve was at a hospital Intensive Care Unit having something
attended to. Just before he died, he reportedly called his wife Terry to
come pick him up because he was feeling better. So, Steve does not appear
to have suffered long at the end.
Steve had had heart attacks before, and he had very serious diabetes. For
those who remember his big booming voice, it was difficult to recognize
his phone calls in the past while. He had also lost a great deal of
But that is now, and not the Steve that most of us remember. The images I
have in my mind are of Steve consuming a dozen bagels one breakfast at my
house, of copious amounts of Coke downed while we eated (in pre-diabetic
days), of Steve propounding some fascinating idea around the lunch table
and holding us all enthralled for hours, and of Terry's sculpture of a
Buddha-like sitting Steve, entitled, "Minor Living God." My last vision
is of Steve arriving at the Sitges Sunbelt in a trekker costume -- floppy
hat, khaki vest, shorts and walking stick -- apparently having walked from
South Africa where he was a visiting professor.
Steve was a complex guy who never took the easy way. There was always
something going on in his life. He was a brilliant co-editor on our
_Social Structures: A Network Approach_, and I still send folks to read
his _An Introduction to Structural Analysis_. To the end, Steve was
working on a revised edition of _Social Structures_ (along with Doug
White). I look forward to seeing Cambridge publish it, both for its
usefulness and as a testament to Steve.
Almost every day since Steve left Toronto for Vermont, I have found myself
missing his energy and his insights. We have lost one of the original
thinkers in sociology.
Steve loomed large to all who know him. The world is an emptier place
today. I am sure tht as long as social networkers sit around campfires,
Steve Berkowitz stories will be told.
The message below from Steve's former student, Fitz, provides more
Bev and my hearts go out to Terry, and to his kids, students and
Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director
wellman at chass.utoronto.ca http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman
Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto
455 Spadina Avenue Toronto Canada M5S 2G8 fax:+1-416-978-7162
To live is to network; to network is to live.
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Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 09:56:05 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: Steve Berkowitz has passed away
I received a call this morning from Terry Berkowitz letting me know that
Steve had just passed away. I don't think it is news to anyone that he had
been battling the complications of advanced diabetes for some time. Many
of us (including Terry) had fully expected him to live a while longer.
There is a funeral scheduled for tomorrow at 1:00pm at a synagogue in
Burlington, VT. A memorial service will be held 30-60 days later.
I have spoken with Terry to get contact information:
P.O. Box 356
Underhill, VT 05487
non-USPS address (home deliveries - it might look unusual and incomplete,
but it is a fairly rural place and this is sufficient for local UPS/FedEx
#377 Route 15
Jericho, VT 05465
Terry also provided the following emails:
[log in to unmask] (she said she would continue to check it for a while)
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Terry asked me to assist her by contacting his colleagues in the networks
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