PHILADELPHIA - Dr. Robert "Bob" Allen Berry, 70, of Salisbury, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Born in Dearborn, MI, he was the son of the late Stephen and Sophie Berry. Bob graduated from Dearborn high school where he was an avid swimmer. He attended the University of Michigan and received a B.A. in history. Following college, he taught English for two years in Khoy, Iran, with the Peace Corps. Bob received a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University and then moved to Salisbury, joining the Salisbury University history department in 1974, where he worked until his death. His research and teaching focused on Slavic and Middle Eastern history and on World War I. He taught thousands of Salisbury students, achieved the rank of Professor, and served on many university committees and organizations. Together with his wife, Dagmar, who is a Salisbury faculty member, Bob enjoyed travelling in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He spoke at local events and occasionally on television about Middle Eastern affairs. Bob was active with the Wicomico County Arts Council, and in recent years the Salisbury Film Society. Throughout his life, he loved reading books, he swam regularly, and he devotedly supported University of Michigan football.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Stephen and Adam, and grandchildren, Natalie and Peter.
A public viewing will be held without ceremony on Sunday, December 30th, from 2 to 4 PM. at the Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Road. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations might be made in his name to the Wicomico Humane Society, 5130 Citation Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804, www.wicomicohumane.org.