Sanford Berlin

Sanford Berlin

Sanford Sidney Berlin, 81, died April 6, 2019.

Dr. Berlin was born in Detroit, Michigan and at age 9 moved with his family to Tucson until high school. His family joined Temple Emanu-El, where he celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah. After graduating from Mumford High School in Detroit, he attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University. He then studied at the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. He moved back to Tucson in the early 1960s and started a family medical practice. Dr. Berlin served as chief of staff at Tucson General Hospital. He later studied psychiatry at the University of Arizona and worked many years on the front lines of mental health issues at different hospitals and clinics in the area. He was a leader in the osteopathic community serving on various boards and campaigns to promote holistic medical care. Later in his career he helped countless, primarily geriatric, patients cope with emotional and mental issues.

Survivors include his children, Tony (Harris) Berlin and Dina (Gerry) Lajoie of Chapel Hill, N.C.; sister, Judy Berlin Clifford; and four grandchildren.

Services were held at Evergreen Cemetery, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Bridges Inc., mental health treatment services, at