Dr. Henry (Hank) E. Berkheimer, 84, of Loyalsock Township, passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 13, 1929, in Williamsport, the son of Rev. Dr. Charles F. and Zerba T. Weber Berkheimer, who served as the Pine Street pastorate from 1943 to 1951.
Hank graduated from Williamsport High School in 1947. He received a bachelor's from Dickinson College in 1951 and a master's from Bucknell University in 1953. He then served in the Army Chemical Corps during the Korean War. He resumed his studies and received a Ph.D. in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in 1959. Following his studies at Penn State, he pursued post doctoral studies at Harvard University.
Hank was a research chemist for E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Wilmington, Del., for 27 years, retiring in 1988, at which time he joined the faculty of Lycoming College as an assistant professor. He also taught at Penn College, Glassboro State College and Widener University as an adjunct professor.
Dr. Henry E. Berkheimer
He had a very strong love of the arts, especially music and theater. He played in several musical groups at Williamsport High School, as well as with the Johnny Nicolosi Band. At Dickinson, he was director of the Phi Theta Delta fraternity choral group and continued his musical interests in various ways including playing trombone with the Imperial Teteques Band.
He performed with several theater groups in Wilmington, Del., and in Williamsport, including the Wilmington Drama League, Arena Summer Theater and Community Theater League. Among his favorite roles were as Daniel Snow in "First Monday in October," Jonathan Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace," Sam Bradley in "Solitaire," and Charley in "Double Solitaire." He also appeared in the films "Lewes: A Town by the Sea" and "Blades."
He spent many hours enjoying the family cabin, Tanglepine, built by his father and mother on the Loyalsock in 1939.
He was a member of Pine Street United Methodist Church where he served on the Church Council, Foundation Committee and the Church and Society Committee as chairman. He served on the Boards of St. Anthony's Center and Habitat for Humanity. He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Reading for the Blind. He enjoyed reading, working with his computer and his many dogs over the years.
He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy J. Kalemba, with whom he celebrated 32 years of marriage; his daughter, Karen B. Carlin, of Eagleville; sons, Charles M. Berkheimer and his wife, Cheri, of Coatesville, and David H. Berkheimer, of Lancaster; sister, Carolyn B. Rosser, of Williamsport; and four grandchildren, Sarah Carlin, C.J. Berkheimer and twins Rebecca and Haley Berkheimer.
A memorial service will be held at the Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., Williamsport, on Nov. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. Visitation will start at 10 a.m. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Pine Street United Methodist Church, Susquehanna Home Health and Hospice, c/o Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701, or Monica's Heart Greyhound Adoption, 1887 Bellemead Dr., Altoona, PA 16602. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.