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Former Deputy Director Berliner Mourned

Dr. Robert W. Berliner, who was NIH deputy director for science from February 1969 until September 1973, and who also served as NHLBI scientific director and laboratory chief, died Feb. 5 at age 86 from complications of flu. He was also former dean of Yale University School of Medicine, professor emeritus of cellular and molecular physiology and professor emeritus of internal medicine at Yale.

Born in New York City in 1915, Berliner received his B.S. degree from Yale in 1936. He left Yale in his junior year to begin his medical education at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and received his M.D. degree in 1939. After completing his internship at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, he held positions at Goldwater Memorial Hospital and New York University School of Medicine. It was at these institutions that he collaborated with Dr. James A. Shannon, who subsequently was appointed director of research at the National Heart Institute, and then NIH director.

Berliner was one of the first investigators recruited by Shannon to join him at the NIH in 1950, at which time Berliner was named chief, Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism at the National Heart Institute. Studies in his laboratory helped establish early concepts of how potassium, sodium, hydrogen and water are transported by the kidney.

Berliner served as president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Physiological Society and the American Society of Nephrology. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians.

He is survived by his wife, Lee, two daughters and two sons.

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