David Berryhill

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  1. Salina KansasGoodbye Dave,

    You were on my interviewing committee and one of the people who first welcomed me to Fargo and ND
    SU. Over the following years we had many interesting conversations and not a few laughs.
    You made a difference.

  2. Cavalier ND
    I was deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Berryhill’s passing. This is a great loss, and he will be deeply missed. I met Dr Berryhill during my freshman year at ND
    SU in his intro to microbiology course. Dr. Berryhill is responsible for my love affair with the “tiny world” that persisted through my years in Fargo right through veterinary school and my practice today. I still have my class notes from those days, and many of his lectures are at the forefront of my memory. I will always carry a fond image of his wild Hawaiian shirts and flamingo bicycle horn that characterized his easygoing nature and keen sense of humour. He was a gifted teacher and a dear friend. ND
    SU and this student will never be the same. Sincerest condolences to Martha and family.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Ben Stegman DVM

  3. Fargo ND
    I knew David for over 25 years as a fine colleague and a caring individual. He was a steadfast and conscientious advocate for appropriate care for animals used in research at ND
    SU. I always enjoyed talking with him and sharing our mutual interests in Bison Athletics. I will miss seeing him cycling around campus.

  4. Fargo ND
    Dear Martha,

    I was so stunned to learn of David’s recent death. I offer to you my sincerest sympathies.

    Doc was such a positive and formative figure for so many of us who came to know both of you through volleyball. His steady, friendly demeanor, his kindness, and his subtle humor meant so much to me personally, and I’ll always hold both him and you in my charished thoughts. I last visited with Doc during the 5K walk/run in May as the route took us near your house, and I’m glad to have had that opportunity.

    Jon Jellison

  5. Dr. Berryhill provided an example to us all on how to manage difficult situations (with a sense of humor) and how to always maintain perspective. He never took himself or a situation so seriously that he lost sight of the greater good. He was never in too much of a hurry that he couldn’t take time to say hello…and give some grief with a twinkle in his eyes! I enjoyed the times at the RedHawks game, hosting the compliance committee members – Dave sat back and simply enjoyed the moment. And he was such a fixture at ND
    SU volleyball…it seemed he was the 7th man! I so appreciated his wise counsel on many matters. His sense of humor and quick easy smile were definitely a trademark, as was his love of cars and music. ND
    SU has lost a wise and compassionate friend.

  6. Fargo ND
    Martha – I’m so sorry about your loss. Doc will forever be remembered for the great man that he was. To me, he was a permanent fixture in the BBF but more importantly a fixture of support for the program – athletes and coaches! I am glad to be able to say that I was a fan of his too! He was also known for his love of sand volleyball, camp volleyball and USAVB volleyball (alumni teams) His passion for the game was pure and contagious! Not only did I appreciate his wit, but also his insight. Peace to you in this difficult time.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was one of the very special professors in my life, someone that taught me a great deal about life and goodness and teaching…and of course, bacteriophage. Whenever I would think of graduate school times, it is my times with him and Mary Bromel that would bring a smile to my face. Special people like David will always be missed.

  8. Fargo, ND
    Dear Martha:

    We are both saddened by news about Dave. I enjoyed many years of conversations on campus about this that and the other and will miss him very much. Our thoughts are with you.

    Allan and Hazel

  9. Moorhead Martha,
    I’m so sorry to learn of David’s death. My thoughts are with you as you take it one day at a time.

  10. Fargo Dear Martha and Family:

    I was so saddened when I received the news of David’s passing. David hired me to work for ND
    SU. He was a man of compassion and understanding. I found him a true professional and mentor.

    Thank you for sharing David with us at ND
    SU. He will be dearly missed.

    Dr. Charlie

  11. My sympathies for Martha and family! It was a privilege to know Dave Berryhill first as an undergrad advisor, grad committee member, and later as biosafety committee chair and IRB member. His calm, steady manner, wry sense of humor, breadth of knowledge, and willingness to serve ND
    SU in many capacities will be greatly missed!

  12. Fargo ND
    I am so sorry for your loss. I just waived at David as he rode his bike across campus. He was alway so kind to me. He will be missed by all. May God Bless You!

    Tom Barnhart

  13. Ames IowaWe knew Dave from the ‘60s and’70s in Ames and Fargo, and for the last three decades only every few years when our paths crossed his and Martha’s. The many comments posted by colleagues and neighbors show how Dave really grew into Fargo, really found his strengths there. That must have been so rewarding for him. What I enjoyed most was when he opened the guitar case and made that Guild whine. He played with enviable authority, not necessarily expertly, and seemed to take more pleasure in those whiney parts than in actually finishing the song.

  14. Martha,

    I was so shocked to open the paper on Tuesday morning and read of Dave’s death. I think I probably first met him at a volleyball match. -) Through the years he always had a greeting when we crossed paths and took time to chat. I’ll miss him.

  15. Dear Martha,

    I am so very sad to hear of Dave’s passing. As you know, I have quite the past with both of you dating way back to the 1970’s, playing doubles tennis and frying hamburgers. Over the years Dave was a great mentor for me. I am forever indebted to him for employing me as an undergraduate, having faith in me that I could succeed in graduate school and for hiring me as a colleague. He was always upbeat, positive and encouraging. I truly believe that the world is a better place because Dave was here. He will be dearly missed by many. Take care. Janice

  16. Martha,
    Deland and I want you to know that you and your family are in our prayers.
    We want you and the family to please accept our condolences.
    When we arrived in Fargo from Ames, you and Dr. Berryhill welcomed us and always made us feel like we were a part of the ND
    SU family.
    We shared that Cyclone-Bison connection, it was so great to see you two in Ames and in Fargo cheering on the Bison!
    Do know that you and your family are wrapped in prayer.
    Trust God in your time of need, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

    Evie and Deland Myers

  17. I was so SAD to hear of Dr. Berryhill’s passing away. I worked at ND
    SU International Program’s as an International Student Advisor. He was part of the ND
    SU Friendship Family Program. He welcomed and helped many international students on campus. He was the first one to e-mail when I needed any help related to international student activities. I always could count on him !! I am so sorry for your loss. You are not only lost to your family you are a great lost to the WORLD.
    Samudra Kugel

  18. Martha,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed my encounters with Dave, and will miss seeing him at ball games and on his bicycle.

  19. Denver CODr. Berryhill was a very special man: intelligent, kind, and caring an absolute joy to be around. I fondly recall our laughter-filled conversations and the afternoon he took me for a spin in that hotrod of a car. What fun! He will be sorely missed.

  20. Fargo ND
    Martha and the Extended Family of Doc:

    Dave will be held dear to the many that knew him.
    He was a true Gentleman, an enthusiast, a guy with a dry wit that was easy to befriend.
    His passing was too soon but his memory will live on.
    From the Porsche Club members that knew him, we wish him smooth and curvy roads with lots of wind in the hair, top down , sun on the brow and a growl from the exhausts kind of travel.
    Godspeed Doc.

    Pam and Don

  21. Dr. Berryhill was a very special member of the ND
    SU Community and will be missed by all. It was truly a pleasure to know and work with him. My deepest sympathy and prayers for your family.

  22. Fargo ND
    As a colleague, I will remember David for his care and dedication to student success. But mostly, I will remember him for his warm smile and quick quip as he passed on the corridor. My sincere condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.