, Gloucester, MA

July 10, 2013

Mordecai Berkowitz, 83

Gloucester, MA — Dr. Mordecai Eugene Berkowitz, longtime Gloucester resident and orthopedic surgeon, died peacefully at home at the age of 83 on July 7, 2013. He was the adored husband of June Freeman Berkowitz for 51 years.

He was born on April 23, 1930, and was the son of the late Dr. Benjamin and Helen Berkowitz. He was a graduate of Bates College and Tufts Medical School. He was an accomplished musician and talented athlete. After completing his orthopedic residency at Boston City Hospital, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Public Health Service in San Francisco, Calif., following which he returned to Massachusetts for the privilege of spending half of his time as a volunteer surgeon at the Shriners Hospital for Children.

In addition to his wife June, he is survived by three devoted children, Andrew Berkowitz and his wife, Jenny, Beth Gordon and her husband, Rob, and Daniel Berkowitz and his wife, Rachel; a dear sister, Gertrude Mishara; and seven cherished grandchildren, Miara, Rachel and Chaim Berkowitz, Mitchell, Jessie and Henry Gordon, and Noah Berkowitz.

ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services and Shiva will be held privately. Please omit flowers. Arrangement by Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem. For online condolences, please visit