Murdered Army physician Berry remembered as kind family man
Aug. 2, 2000
Sara K. Taylor
Staff Writer

Former Stonegate resident and Walter Reed Medical Center physician Army Maj. David Berry, 35, was killed late last month in Seoul, Korea.

Stationed in Seoul for a five-week stay, Berry was stabbed while on a shopping trip June 24. He was taken to the Army's 121st General Hospital in Seoul, where he died the next day.

A Korean laborer, Lee Yong-kyu, 36, was arrested and admitted to the crime, according to the Associated Press.

After being stationed in Germany, Berry returned to the States in 1996, and began working at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as a pediatric intern before being transferred last year to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

Berry continued as a pediatrician at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, accepting a short-term assignment in Seoul to treat soldiers.

Berry's wife, Alida, is due to deliver the couple's fifth child late this month. The couple's four other children are between the ages of 4 and 10.

Former Stonegate neighbor Robin Grunwald remembered Berry as "the most loving person you could imagine."

"He loved his family, and he loved his work," Grunwald said. "The love in that family was just unbelievable; it was a very rare thing to see."

Three of Berry's children attended Stonegate Elementary School in Silver Spring, which also serves a large number of students from the Olney area.

Col. David I. Goldberg, chief of pediatric inpatient service at Walter Reed, worked with Berry.

"He was always a kind and considerate physician," Goldberg said. "He never asked what needed to be done. If he saw something needed to be done, he just did it."

"He earned the respect of his colleagues and his patients and the medical students he helped teach while he was here," he said. "His death is a loss to all of us in the medical community. It is quite a blow."

Berry had only been in Korea for 10 days when he was killed. He was going to be on assignment for five weeks and was temporarily posted in South Korea following the early departure of another physician.

Berry was buried with military honors July 3 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.