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1925 - 2017

Harvey Bernard was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Roland and Ernestine Bernard on June 30, 1925. He was a 1947 graduate of Washington University Medical School. He completed his surgical internship and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis in 1955. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1953 as Chief of Surgery at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. He then returned to St. Louis for ten years in a tenured position as Associate Professor of Surgery. From 1964-1965 Harvey worked in London under a United States Public Health Fellowship.

In 1966 Harvey was recruited as Professor of Surgery by Dr. Charles Eckert, Chairman of Surgery at Albany Medical College. He remained at Albany Medical College for the remainder of his career until his retirement in 1990.

Dr. Bernard’s principle interests encompassed the microbiology of surgical infections, antibiotic prophylaxis, and intra operative prevention of infections, and he published extensively in these areas. He was a member of numerous surgical societies including the American Surgical Association, The American College of Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons, the Academic Surgical Society, The Central Surgical Association, and the Surgical Infection Society.

Dr. Bernard spent time in Algeria on the Washington University Medical School Care MEDICO Team. He was an active member of the Tula Russia Albany New York Alliance during his years in Albany.

After Retirement, he served for 20 years from 1990-2010 as Medical Director in the office of medical Management of the New York State Department of Health. As such he was an active participant in the determination of physician compliance and professionalism in New York State.

Harvey was an accomplished sailor sailing throughout the Caribbean and the South Pacific. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing, hunting, camping, skiing, and scuba diving. For many years he maintained a summer home on Kattskill bay in Lake George, New York.

On January 10, 1950 Harvey married his wife Patricia H. Dahms (Patsy) of St. Louis. He is survived by his daughter Robin and son Craig and his three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Patsy and son David.