In Memoriam: Barry Berkus 1935-2012

Posted online: December 2012

A renowned architect living in our midst, Barry Berkus passed away on November 30, surrounded by loved ones. He came to town to attend UCSB in 1958, then entered USC’s architecture program. Based in Santa Barbara for more than 30 years, Berkus pursued his passion for housing design, with architectural offices spanning from Los Angeles and Idaho, to Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Tokyo, and beyond. Though he was aknowledged with many awards for his design work, he will also be remembered for his generosity to local foundations, including UC Santa Barbara Foundation, The Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Wildling Art Museum, and more.

In his obituary, his daughter, Cary Berkus said: Thank you for your courageous passion and for your generosity in sharing your natural born gifts with us. It was a privilege to be your daughter. I await to experience the magic your ” bigger than life” SPIRIT energy will continue to create in all our lives.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice CareHospice of Santa Barbara, The Granada Theatre, and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.He is survived by his loving wife, Jo Cahow, his two sons and their wives, Rebecca and Jeffrey Berkus, and Dana and Steven Berkus; his daughter, Carey Berkus, a resident of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Also surviving are grandchildren Sarah, Kelson, Renae and Stuart Berkus; and his brother, David Berkus and his wife, Cathy.


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