- Existence: 1914 -- 1996 - 1996
Dr. Louis "Doc" Berger was born in 1914 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He graduated from Tufts College in 1936 with a civil engineering degree. In 1953 he founder the Berger Group, which works on engineering, economics and environmental planning projects. He was awarded an Honorary Degree from Tufts University in 1965 and remained an active member of the Tufts community until his death in 1996.
Dr. Louis "Doc" Berger was born in 1914 and raised, with three brothers and a sister, in Lawrence, Mass., where his father had a small glazing business. He graduated from Tufts College in 1936, with a degree in civil engineering. He went on to receive a master's in soils and geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1940, he took his first job, supervising construction of two large dams in southern Illinois.
In 1942, during World War II, Mr. Berger joined the United States Coast Guard, first designing waterfront facilities along the Mississippi and later commanding a Coast Guard base in Greenland.
When he returned from active duty, he went on for a doctorate in soil mechanics from Northwestern University and then joined the engineering faculty at Pennsylvania State University. In 1952, Dr. Berger gave up his professorship and opened his first consulting office, in Harrisburg, Pa. His first big assignment was to design part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the first turnpike in the United States.
A year later, he opened a second office and began chasing international as well as domestic clients, often training local people to work with him. Since then, the Berger Group, which is based in East Orange, N.J., has been involved in the design, planning and construction management of more than 100,000 miles of highway, 2,000 miles of railroad, and numerous bridges, airfields and other projects in some 120 countries.
He helped design the Rangoon-to-Mandalay Road in Burma, the 2,000-mile Trans-Amazon Highway and the Ovda air base in Israel. He saved the Navy more than $100 million by finding a way to use locally available stone to build a runway at U Taphao, Thailand, the largest military base in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Berger bowed out of the formal management of his company in the 1980's, but never stopped working on projects.
Berger died in Manhattan in 1996 after a short illness. He was 82 and lived in Delray Beach, Fla., and Verona, N.J. The cause was congestive heart failure.
Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:
This collection consists of correspondence by and about Louis "Doc" Berger, mostly related to Advancement and fundraising, and a paper written by Berger while a student at Tufts College.