Harold T. Berc served the military, his clients, and the community. During World War II, Harold served in the South Pacific. He earned a Bronze Star and 10 Battle Stars while in the military. From 1959-1960, Harold was the national commander of AMVETS, where he helped secure funding to complete the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and met President Dwight Eisenhower. 

After his military service, Harold returned to Chicago and went back to working in law. He received his law degree in 1937 from DePaul University and worked in the field for more than 60 years. He specialized in business litigation, wills and trusts, and real estate. 

Being a lifelong Chicagoan, Harold was very knowledgeable about Chicago history. He was a past president of the City Club of Chicago and a charter member of the Chicago Press Club. Harold was a devoted fan of the Chicago Symphony, as well as a pianist. 

Harold was a member of Temple Sholom of Chicago and The Standard Club. Harold attended JUF Lawyers Division events and was on the Legacy and Endowments Committee. He donated to the JUF Annual Campaign for over 25 years, and left a generous gift to the Centennial Campaign. 

Harold will be remembered as a brilliant and friendly man.   

Like Harold, you can create your Jewish legacy by including a bequest to the Jewish Federation in your will or estate plan. Bequests are a simple way to create your Jewish Legacy. For more information, contact Legacies and Endowments at (312) 357 -4975 or email:

Ron Krit is the manager of Endowment Development for the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

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