A revered physician, friend, father, grandfather, brother and husband was lost when Dr. Beryl Lovitz passed away on March 14, 2020 at the age of 88. He had suffered a debilitating stroke some two and one-half years earlier. Many lives were enhanced and enriched by this remarkable man. Beryl was born to Romanian immigrants in Jacksonville, Florida where his family ran a small grocery store. He excelled academically and attended the prestigious Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. There, in 1950, he first saw Susan Fox performing on stage, turned to his friend and said “I’d like to marry a girl like that” and he did-their marriage lasting until her passing just six weeks before his.
Beryl’s intellectual gifts were complimented by his compassion and love of humor. These qualities endeared him to all and earned the devotion of his wonderful friends. Known for his generosity imparting medical knowledge and expertise, Beryl was willing to offer advice, help and support at any hour of the day or night. He was always there for his patients, friends and family. Ultimately, medicine proved only one of his many passions which included the violin, classical music, opera, art, books, bridge, cars and great conversation. Through the years Beryl especially adored his role as producer, stage-door Johnny, tireless supporter and number one fan of his wife Sue’s long performing career. His love and commitment to the arts was further epitomized by his years as President of the Santa Fe Symphony in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the helm during a particularly challenging time, Beryl worked hard to extricate the Symphony from difficult circumstances and helped assure its survival as the robust and thriving cultural jewel it is today. A couple of weeks before his death, Beryl smiled with pride to learn of the Symphony’s plans to honor him for this legacy.
Beryl Lovitz was pre-deceased by his wife, Sue Fox Lovitz and is survived by his sister, Clara Lovitz-Gleissner of Carolina Meadows, North Carolina, his son, Robert Lovitz (Laura Mellick), daughter Diane (David) Kahn, grandchildren Daniel Kahn, Emily (Michael) Cohen, Abigail Kahn, Ben Lovitz, David Lovitz as well as his precious dog Jolie. We will never forget his remarkable, sparkling blue eyes that could sometimes “see farther than they could reach”. Beryl will be deeply missed.
The family wishes to again extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Maria Figueroa, the exceptional staff at Brighton Hospice of Portland, Oregon and the dedicated caregivers of Regency Park Senior Living in Portland for their loving care during Beryl’s lengthy illness.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Santa Fe Symphony. Remembrances may be posted at www.holmansfuneralservice.com
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