Brother George Berrian Passes Away at 90


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Brother George Berrian, FSC, Ed.D., associate professor emeritus of education, passed away on Monday, January 26.

At his funeral on Saturday, January 30, in Lincroft, N.J., Br. Raymond Meagher, FSC, gave an eulogy to remember Berrian.

“He was more than fully committed as he used his extraordinary gifts, talents and passion to reach out and help others. He knew what he was meant to do, and he certainly made a difference doing it,” Meagher said in his eulogy.

Manhattan College’s press release lists just some of his many accomplishments. Berrian earned his bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in history from Manhattan College.

He was the director and principal of Manhattan College Prep for 9 years, until it closed in 1971. He then served as the director of the graduate division of Manhattan College and as the dean of the School of Education from 1986 to 1989, according to the school website.

Before his retirement in 1992, he spent his final years teaching at Manhattan College in the School of Education and the School of Business.

Berrian was an active part of the community, serving on the board of directors at the Methodist Home for the Aged for 12 years and on the board of directors for De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, N.J., for 13 years.

In addition, he was part of the New York District Team Evaluation of Administrators and served on the College Entrance Examination Board.

Meagher said Berrian inspired him and was one of his biggest role models.

“Personally, he contributed greatly to my life during our time together. He affirmed me and challenged me,” Meagher said.

Br. Robert Berger, FSC, knew Berrian for 40 years and remembers him as a dedicated and supportive member of the Manhattan College community.

“The boys who went to Manhattan Prep, who are now all men, have been very loyal to him and very appreciative of what he did for them,” Berger said.

In his eulogy, Meagher quoted a former student who said, “He cast a big shadow of influence not only on me, but all those that he came in contact with over the years.”

Berrian is remembered for his great sense of humor and for the love he had for everyone in his life.

“George did a lot of what he would call small things in a quiet way, but they made a huge difference in the lives of others,” Meagher said.

“He never lost his vocation. He was a good and wholesome Brother.”