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MEDICAL UNIVERSITY of SOUTH CAROLINA

Vol. 30, No. 13

Board MeMBer LeaveS riCh LegaCy

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elvyn Berlinsky, whose 40year tenure on MUSC’s board of trustees spanned its ascent from a state university hospital to a leading national academic health sciences center, died Nov. 4. Berlinsky had been the board’s lay representative from the 1st Congressional District since 1971. He was the board’s vice chair from 1990 to 1994. He served as a member of the research committee, the hospital and patient care committee, and as chair of the education, faculty, and student affairs committee. He also served as the trustees’ representative to the Hollings Cancer Center board. Several university leaders credited Berlinsky with helping to spur the institution’s rapid growth dating back to the 1980s. “When I became president of MUSC in 1982, Melvyn was on the board of trustees and was someone I looked to for guidance and advice,” said President Emeritus James B. Edwards, DMD. “In addition to our professional relationship, he was a close personal friend as well. He took great pride in his affiliation with MUSC, and, judging by its unprecedented growth during his tenure on the board, he did everything

He had such a love for the medical university. He was always there troubleshooting any problems and involved in the development of a lot of the projects. Ernest F. Hollings

Above is Melvyn Berlinsky and his wife, Joan, at a recent function. Pictured below is Berlinsky (third from left) at the 2008 groundbreaking of the Clyburn center.

He loved the institution and attended virtually every public event and even maintained an office on campus so that he could be close to what was happening here. Dr. Ray Greenberg

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overheard aT MuSC Sheila Prynkiewicz was selected to attend the firefighter’s international burn camp.

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Overheard at musc Who? Receiving an honor usually firefighters are granted, Sheila Prynkiewicz, R.N., in the MUSC Pediatric Emergency Department, was chosen to go to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF)

Registered nurse Sheila Prynkiewicz, right, and Camp ‘Can’ Do camper Hannah Patenaude in Washington, D.C.

Burn Foundation International Burn Camp in Washington, D.C. the week of Sept. 24. Prynkiewicz, who puts her heart and soul into her work at MUSC, said the patients in her department are motivating. “These children inspire me to be a better version of myself, especially after conversations about their everyday life. They constantly have to cope with daily adversities such as people staring at them in public, surgeries, body image, school, peer acceptance and dating.”

WhaT? In Washington, Prynkiewicz represented MUSC Children’s Hospital and S.C. Firefighters’

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Burned Children Fund’s Camp ‘Can’ Do, an annual five-day camp for children and teens who have suffered a severe burn injury. Each year, Jill Evans, R.N., coordinator of Camp ‘Can’ Do, nominates one counselor and one camper to attend the IAFF event. Pyrnkiewicz was the first non-firefighter volunteer chosen. The IAFF camp is an all-expense-paid experience that incorporates historical and cultural activities in the Washington, D.C. area. This year, Prynkiewicz and Hannah Patenaude, a camper from Mount Pleasant, visited the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol building, had lunch at the House of Representatives and got VIP treatment at a Washington Nationals baseball game. They also met with South Carolina state representatives who lobby for fire safety laws.

MoST MeMoraBLe experienCe Prynkiewicz said that her favorite moment at the IAFF camp happened while having lunch at the Naval Academy. Prynkiewicz said that when one of the Naval Academy high-ranking officers welcomed the campers to lunch, he told them he knew he was surrounded by the best of the best. “He told every camper that he would be honored to have any of them attend the Naval

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Academy. He told them that if they were interested in attending, then they needed to see him after lunch.”

LeSSonS Learned There are many things from the IAFF camp that Prynkiewicz plans to share with the staff at Camp ‘Can’ Do. She wants to incorporate most of the songs and campfire activities used by IAFF. She also wants to hold similar peer sessions as those she sat in on. Prynkiewicz says that, ideally, she wouldn’t have to choose which IAFF ideas to borrow. “The IAFF camp changes you. It makes you want to take that entire experience to the staff and children at Camp ‘Can’ Do.”

Why She WaS ChoSen? Evans, who also is coordinator of Pediatric Burn Services in the MUSC Children’s Hospital, said Prynkiewicz was the obvious choice for this honor. “Over the years, Sheila has brought her funloving spirit and hard work to Camp ‘Can’ Do, focusing on making the experience a great one for all the campers. We were proud to have Sheila represent us at the international camp.”


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‘Making a difference every day’ Kathy Kurowski, CH 7E “There is no single event that makes Kathy a great nominee for Employee of the Month. Everything she does for the patients, team and unit is deserving of this recognition. Most recently, she started a theme of the month party on the unit where everyone can get involved. Kathy not only affects the staff, her enthusiasm permeates over to patients as well.” Nominated by Carla Pascoe Shannon Harmon, Clinical Neurophysiology “Shannon takes the initiative when things need to be done and volunteers to do things that are far above her job requirements. She most recently suggested and organized a drawing for the stroke fair raising money to support the National Stroke Association.” Nominated by Toni Mullins

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“Annie will stay late, come in extra and visit patients after discharge. She returned a patient’s shoes to them after rehab and bought a patient coffee who was here long-term. She never refuses to help another team member or patient and is often seen jogging around the unit to make time to do more. Overall our unit would not be the same without Annie’s wonderful attitude.” Nominated by Kelly Vincent and Aaryn Markham

Laura Dias, 9E

“Since meeting Laura I have noticed her above-ordinary, caring and professional attitude toward her patients. However, on Aug. 15 she did the extraordinary thing for my wife. Laura, knowing that my wife had neck pain, brought her a memory foam pillow. My wife, who suffers from a brain aneurysm, told me that after using the pillow for

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DAISY winner Claudia Miller, Hollings Cancer Center “I have worked in multiple institutions. Without any hesitation Claudia Miller is the single best nurse I have ever worked with. She is the thoracic oncology clinical coordinator and her job is to triage patients to one of six physicians depending where they most appropriately fit. Most of the time it is a patient being told they have or may-have cancer. They are afraid and confused. Claudia is their lifeline and I can’t tell you how many patients have wanted to meet her to say thanks and give her a hug. Claudia is a strong patient advocate and a phenomenal nurse and an all around spectacular employee.” Nominated by Becky Cherrington

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After 40 years, POW bracelet has new home

By cindy aBoLe Public Relations

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er story starts with a simple, engraved bracelet—a trinket from her teenage years reflecting a different time and place. On it was the name and date of someone Anita Feliciano, an administrative assistant in the Division of Neonatology, didn’t know. But that rare link, just like the metal band, was unknowingly well-forged between two people more than 40 years ago. Feliciano grew up in a military family. As a teenager living in Germany in the early 1970s, she purchased and wore two POW/MIA bracelets and often reflected on the men of the names inscribed. One was Lt. Michael T. Burns, who was declared missing on July 5, 1968. The other bracelet was that of Capt. Jon T. Busch and the date, June 8, 1967. It was at the height of the Vietnam War and she, as were many others, was affected by the nation’s struggle about America’s presence in this unpopular conflict. Following the fall of Saigon and the war’s end in April 1975, Feliciano put the bracelet aside for safekeeping — never forgetting its significance and its symbolism in commemorating the servicemen missing or dead. She continued on with her life, serving in the U.S. Air Force and raising a son to understand the significance of these bracelets. She joined the South Carolina Chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders, part of a national group of motorcyclists whose mission is to protect and honor fallen American heroes, including military members, firefighters, police officers and first responders. The group provides escort rides during funerals, offers support during deployment

Anita Feliciano holds a picture of herself and Lt. Michael T. Burns following their Oct. 13 lunch in Florida. Feliciano gave Burns a bracelet with his name that she purchased more than 40 years ago. ceremonies and veteran’s activities and assists as honor guards at the invitation of the deceased individual’s family. Feliciano didn’t realize how her interaction and involvement during funerals with this group would lead her to want to learn more about the military’s Joint Prisoner of War POW/MIA Accounting Command. The command is responsible for investigating, excavating and identifying the remains of all POW/ MIAs. She checked with a couple of websites

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(Virtualwall.org and pownetwork.org) and learned that Busch’s remains were positively identified and returned to his Ohio family in 1988. What surprised her was reading that Burns was alive and living in Sarasota, Fla. Almost immediately she began composing a heartfelt letter to Burns. In it she introduced the story of her bracelets and how each one touched and affected her during that time and the years that followed. She mailed the letter asking for his permission to present

Going to the doctor isn’t so bad when your favorite stuffed animal can come along, even if it is almost life sized, such as Eli Jackson’s Mickey Mouse, pictured right. Eli had Mickey checked for an ear infection at MUSC Children’s After Hours Care during the Oct. 29 Teddy Bear Clinic. More than 30 children brought in their favorite animals to see the doctor. Children and their favorite plush animals received a doctor’s exam and left with a prescription to read to their toy before bed. The clinic staff is pediatric trained and sees patients from birth until age 18. Located in North Charleston on Highway 78 (near Charleston Southern University, right behind Zaxby’s), the clinic is open 4 until 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

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Employee Wellness

Nine months ago, Sodexo initiated the “Eat This, Learn That!” taste testing program to educate MUSC employees about the Wellness & You recipe offerings available for purchase at World Cuisine in the university hospital cafeteria. During the taste Susan Johnson tastings, “Eat This, Learn That!” participants learn about the healthy ingredients contained in the featured dish. They learn about Sodexo’s initiatives to identify healthy items in the cafeteria and how to identify them using Wellness logos and Sodexo employees. Participants also receive a 10 percent discount on their next purchase of a wellness dish at World Cuisine. The final educational taste-testing of the year is scheduled from noon to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 16 in Room 103, Colbert Educational Center & Library. The topic will be “Add Boost not Bulk: Effortlessly Build Your High-Fiber Diet” during which time healthy comfort foods will be discussed while participants sample the featured wellness dish, chicken harvest grain salad, which includes heart healthy barley and quinoa. Registered dietitian, Katherine Boyce,

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the bracelet to him, and waited for a response. On Oct. 13, Feliciano got a chance to meet the bracelet’s owner in Florida. She and Burns, who is now a lawyer, met for a three-hour lunch at one of Sarasota’s Gulfside marinas. It was an incredible and emotional meeting for them both, said Feliciano. They talked about many things and experienced a comfort and rapport with each other almost immediately. “We both knew and respected where each of us had come from.” And at the right moment, she presented Burns with her bracelet — in her eyes, always the rightful owner. Additionally, she gave him Bush’s bracelet and presented him with a letter, a Patriot Guard “Standing for Those who

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will lead the question and answer session at the conclusion and participants will have the opportunity to purchase “ART of Healthy Cooking” cookbooks for $26. A portion of the proceeds from the cookbooks fund the Heart Health program, which is a pediatric weight management program complete with nutrition and fitness interventions offered at MUSC. For information, visit http://www. muschealth.com/nutrition/wellness/ events/eatthislearnthat. Employee Wellness events q Wellness Wednesday: Visit staff from Charleston Acupuncture Clinic from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Nov. 16 in the Children's Hospital lobby q Wellness Wednesday—flu shot clinic: Visit Employee Health for free flu shots for employees from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Nov. 16 in Ashley River Tower. q MUSC Employee Fitness Series: A free yoga class will be held at the MUSC Wellness Center from 4:15 - 4:45 p.m., Nov. 16. E-mail musc-empwell@musc. edu. q Holistic Wellness Fair: Interact with businesses and practitioners who specialize in a array of complementary health and wellness disciplines from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Horseshoe. Email johnsusa@musc.edu to become involved in employee wellness.

Stood for Us, Mission Accomplished” pin and commemorative Rolling Thunder “Freedom Isn’t Free” pin. Feliciano’s son, who is currently working in Afghanistan, reminded her that if one does not understand history, then they can’t change the future. She now advocates for the support and recognition of the country’s servicemen and servicewomen. “Let us not forget those men and women before us and encourage those serving now and in the future; let us never forget those who can never return home and help those home that can go home; let us never forget our current war POWs and that they too will come home soon; and finally make sure that our nation takes care of our past and current wounded warriors — their war will never end.”

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MUSC employees also serve in military capacity

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ach day MUSC employees are valued for their efforts and contributions in the education of health care professionals and providing patient care. MUSC employees also share an important dual role as citizensoldiers working with National Guard, active duty or reserve troops.

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Nurse manager finds balance between military, MUSC By cindy aBoLe Public Relations

When it comes to choosing a leader, many managers look for qualities that define character such as courage, selfdiscipline and humility. These qualities easily describe 10West’s Mike Sawin, R.N. Such as several MUSC employees, Sawin’s medical career involves dual roles. Full-time, he is the nurse manager in the university hospital’s orthopaedic/ trauma unit. His part-time job is as executive officer with the U.S. Army Reserve 7224th Medical Support Unit. To him, each role complements one another as it relates to leadership, job skills and work ethic. “Working at MUSC has provided the perfect balance for me between serving as a nurse-officer in the Army Reserves and being a nurse manager and leader at this hospital.” Although Sawin’s career began with the military, his career path to nursing and health care was not so direct. After studying computer science in college, Sawin felt unfulfilled and chose to follow the tradition of military service as had other members of his family. He enlisted in 1985 with the Pennsylvania National Guard and later served in the U.S. Army as an active duty soldier. A defining moment came in 1996 while on assignment at an observation post in the Middle East. He assisted an

Nurse manager Mike Sawin, center, and the 10West staff hold up the Excellence banner honoring the unit for achieving the highest patient satisfaction score for adult inpatient and adult emergency department. Army captain-nurse in the treatment of a Bedouin man with a severe hand injury. After treating the man and evacuating him to a nearby hospital, Sawin realized that he just helped save a man’s hand and that he felt great about it. The Army nurse responded with a challenge, “If you really want to make a difference, consider becoming a nurse.” Those words resonated with him. Four years later, Sawin completed his nursing degree specializing in critical care nursing. It also was during this time that he switched jobs with the National Guard to the Army Reserves as a combat medic, which according to Sawin, was more aligned with his career nursing goals. He relocated to Charleston in 2003 to work as an emergency room nurse at a local hospital, and later joined MUSC’s hospital options pool

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Fall, Karen McGee, Ronald McKinnie, Darin McNeal, Mary McNeal, Justin Seigler McNealy, John Kenneth McNiece, Theadore Middleton, Frederick Miles, Barbara Miller, Douglas Miller, Carla L. Mitchel, Rebecca Jane Moore, Julia Viola Morrow, Paul Moss, Tonnia A. O. Mullen, Stewart Murphy, Gordon Mutter, Steven Michael Naert, Albert Nance, Frederick Logan Nash, William Nelson, Donald Neuroth, Pamela Nevill, Nash A. Newsome, Shawn Yvette Nimons, Thomas Noble, Robert Dennis Nolan, Jackie Richard Nolen, Stephanie Teretha Norris, Donna Jean Oden, John Oliver, Jodi Ondrus, Sam A. Ormont, James Burns Owens, Donna M. Padgette, Angie Suzette Palmer, Gwendolyn Heyward Parker, Alison Teresa Parson, Kelly Robyn Pate, Derrelle Renee Patrick-Green, Leif Pedersen, Roger Peebles, Charles Henry Pegram, Ishmael Pendergrass, Martha Lynn Perry, Craig Phelps, John Henry Phillips, Michael Phillips, Randy Pilch, Jose Izon Pizarro, Christophe Plavney, Holly Nicole Polaski,

in 2005. In February 2009, he was selected by current boss Nancy Tassin, R.N., Musculoskeletal Service Line administrator, to lead 10West’s 43 employees. According to Tassin, Sawin has been working with 10West staff responding to their needs and ensuring quality nursing care is provided to patients, especially those who’ve gone through traumatic events that often result in orthopaedic injuries. He’s been able to apply his skills and demonstrate a level of leadership that allows his team more interaction and empowerment with unit decisionmaking in managing safety issues to doing peer interviewing for new hires. As one of Sawin’s first acts as a manager, he established the 10West leadership council composed of nurses, patient care technicians and secretaries from the unit.

Cassandra Annette Poole, Anthony Gene Powell, Jack David Pugh, William Angus Pursley, Mansle Raines, Richard Campbell Ramage, Steven Ratliff, Susanne Ratzlaff, Glenwood Redden, Persephone Murray Redden, Archie Reid, Latoya Alice Reid, Rie Michele Reid, William Rentz, Beth-Ann Beaver Rhoton, Stacey Jaye Ribble, John Richardson, Tyrone Sidney Rivers, Quantella Rivers-Bradley, Glenn Robinson, Jose Rodriguez, Cedric Marcel Rogers, Christian Romanchek, Michelle Rosecrans, David Rosen, George Rossi, Willicia Nachay Ruffin, Lee Russ, Nancy Sampson, Stephen Randall Sanchez, Charles Anthony Sander, Jason Santanna, Pacifico Santiago, Stephen Daniel Schaer, Charles Schleich, Donnalynne Jeanette Selvyn, James Morris Sheppard, Beverly Shine, James Earl Shinn, David A. Sholl, Cephus Simmons, Christopher Simmons, William Simmons, Marcellus Singleton, Stephen Courtney Sistare, Ralph Smith, Sally Ann Smith, W. Stuart Smith, Michael Snyder, Sanford Solomon, William Bennett Spring, Charles E Stevens, Ronald Straub, Kathleen

The group can openly discuss topics, share ideas and resolve issues. Results have enhanced staff efficiency and improved patient care. When Sawin was unexpectedly deployed in 2009, his supervisor and unit staff pulled together to keep things going. Unit nurse Karen Boyd was one of two people asked to help manage 10West’s operations. “Mike is a great leader, a good listener and fair. It’s evident that he puts his whole heart and soul in his work and genuinely cares about the welfare of everyone in our unit. All of us wanted him to come back safe and sound.” Tassin also shared the same admiration for Sawin’s strengths and leadership ability. “Mike’s absence gave the unit a renewed sense of purpose. And the culture of this unit has changed dramatically since then.” Within the last year, 10West’s patient satisfaction scores have been consistent and surpassed set goals. This past spring, the unit was recognized with the MUSC Excellence banner award for patient satisfaction. It also has achieved seven of 10 responses in the 75th percentile in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers Systems survey, which is this year’s organizational goal, Tassin said. According to Sawin, leadership is something that’s taught at all levels in the Army and the military branches. He

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Struthers, Gary Stubblefield, Christopher John Summers, Preston Tanner, Lonnie Taylor, Reginald Leonard Terry, William Alexander Thomison, Tanya Victoria Thompson, Vernell Threat, Lori Celeste Tisdale, David P. Tobin, David Lowell Travis, Ronald Treiber, Angela Marian Trogdon, Mark Douglas Uhler, Karen W. Van Maanen, Orlando Velez, Vincent Richard Vernacchio, James Spencer Verner, Conrad Ewen Vogt, Gayle Rochelle Wadford, Deborah Wallace, Carlyle Wanamaker, Anthony Washington, Steve Stanley Washington, Teresa Watt, Matthew Weas, David Lee Wendorf, Alisa Ranee Wetzig, Brenda Whaley, Nathaniel Whichard, David White, Olivia Whitehurst, Floyd Allen Whittington, George Whitton, Mark Wilberding, Deidre Lacrectia Williams, Nathaniel Williams, Raymond George Williams, Stacia Luella Williams, Bobby Wilson, Clyde Wilson, Kyra Nicole Abney Wilson, Sherri Belinda Wilson, Michael Allen Wolfman, Annabel Woodman, David Perry Wright, Robert Andrew Young and Frances Zinko.


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in his power to make it one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. His 40 years as a board member provided a steadying influence as we sought to provide the people of South Carolina a place where they could not only receive compassionate, competent health care, but also a place where breakthroughs in biomedical science could become commonplace,” Edwards said. MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., said Berlinsky’s devotion to MUSC was such that he was a constant presence on campus. “He loved the institution and attended virtually every public event, and even maintained an office on campus so that he could be close to what was happening here on a day-to-day basis,” Greenberg said. “He was known and highly regarded by faculty, students, and staff across campus and will be missed deeply by

all. Melvyn and his wife, Joan, adopted my wife, Leah, and me when we arrived in Charleston,” Greenberg added. “His family always treated us as if we were part of their own.” Layton McCurdy, M.D., College of Medicine Dean Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor, knew Berlinsky for 43 years and said he could always count on his support. “He was dedicated and always available to help in difficult situations,” McCurdy said. “I will always remember his kind and thoughtful manner.” Retired U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, for whom MUSC’s cancer center is named, said he was one of the finest civic leaders he has ever known. “He had such a love for the medical university. He was always there troubleshooting any problems and involved in the development of a lot of the projects they had going on.” Larry Mohr, M.D., professor of medicine, said Berlinsky was an

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realized that early as an infantry squad leader. “People’s lives depended upon my decision making, assignments and the skills we brought to every situation in the battlefield. Leadership is leadership, and it can be

exemplary public servant, who devoted almost half of his life to transforming MUSC into the nationally prominent health sciences institution that it is today. “His main focus was always to improve the lives of the people who make our university what it is: students, faculty members, staff members and patients. He knew that people were the heart and soul of our university and providing them with an environment to excel was the most important factor in its growth.” A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Berlinsky also was a wonderful friend, Mohr added. “He will be missed, but his memory will live in my heart forever.” Berlinsky, who served in the U.S. Army in World War II and completed his education at The Citadel following the end of the war, owned and operated Berlinsky’s Men’s Wear/New York Tailors with his father until his retirement in 1984. He was appointed

taught to anyone with the right knowledge and training. These are much of the same values that are being taught through MUSC Excellence.” To Sawin, an Army Reserve captain, working at MUSC has provided him with a sense of balance, pride

and accomplishment. “As a nurse-officer in the Army Reserves, I’ve found that my work as a civilian nurse manager enhances the skills I’m able to offer in the Army and in the same way my Army career skills help me become a better leader at MUSC.”

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to the local Board 10 Selective Service Commission by President John F. Kennedy and reappointed by President Richard Nixon. He was chairman of the Region 9 Law Enforcement Task Force and served on the U.S. Department of Justice Servicemen in Planning for the Criminal Justice System. He was a member of the Elks, Masons, Shriners, Lions, Association of Citadel Men, St. Francis Development Foundation and Hebrew Benevolent Society and a founding member of the Creekside Tennis Club. Surviving are his wife, Joan Berlinsky, his children, Bruce, Fred and Shelli, and Lee and Claire; grandchildren, Harris, Drew, Tyler, Alex, Ryan and Niki. Berlinsky was born Dec. 9, 1926, the son of Hyman and Tillie Berlinsky. Funeral services were held at Synagogue Emanuel Cemetery (Maryville), on Nov. 6. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MUSC Foundation — Melvyn Berlinsky Fund.

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