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Obituary for Daniel O. Bernstine

September 24, 2016
New Hope, Pennsylvania


Daniel O. Bernstine died on September 24, 2016 at his home in New Hope, Pennsylvania. He was 69 years old. He is survived by his daughter Quincy Tyler Bernstine and son Dr. Justin Tyler Bernstine, and their mother Nancy Tyler Bernstine.

He is also survived by his sister Rita Jackson; nieces and nephews Janet Almon; Carla Caroll; Karen Halloran; Kathy Frazier; Reggie Jones, Jr.; Kelvin Jones; Annias Bernstine, III; and Bart Bernstine; brothers-in-law Reggie Jones and Leroy Jackson; sister-in-law Bea Bernstine; one aunt, Geraldine Turner; and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his sisters Vera Frazier and Anna Jones, and brother Annias Bernstine, Jr.

Born in Richmond, California, Daniel was the son of Annias and Emma Bernstine. He was class president at El Cerrito High School in El Cerrito, CA where he played football. As a young man, he completed the Boston and New York marathons. He enjoyed golfing, watching procedural television shows, and spending time with his family and friends.

Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Berkeley; a Juris Doctor at Northwestern University School of Law; and a Master of Laws at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

He was appointed to the presidency of the Law School Admission Council in Newtown, Pennsylvania in 2007 and continued as president until his death. For 10 years prior to joining LSAC, he was the president of Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where he continues to have emeritus status. He also served as dean at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Prior to his tenure at Wisconsin, Dan was a professor of law and interim dean at Howard University. He was general counsel at Howard University and Howard University Hospital. He was the William H. Hastie Teaching Fellow at Wisconsin and a staff attorney for the US Department of Labor early in his career. He has been a visiting professor and lecturer all over the world, including Taiwan, Germany, and Cuba, and additional US law schools.

Dan was awarded the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award in recognition of his work in internationalization in higher education and was a recipient of the International Citizen Award by the Oregon Consular Corps. He received numerous honorary degrees from universities internationally, including programs in the Russian Federation, Japan, Korea, and Peru. He coauthored legal textbooks and contributed articles to journals, among them Wisconsin Environmental Law Journal, the Bar Examiner, the Wisconsin Law Review, Black Law Journal, and Villanova Law Review.

A memorial service in California will be announced.

Memorial contributions in Dan's name may be made out to:
Daniel O. Bernstine Scholarship Fund
This scholarship provides support for college students and youth enrichment with a special interest in African-American students from Richmond, California who pursue law degrees.

Donations can be sent to:
Marjorie LaRue Britt
662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940

(The family is requesting that all donations be made out to Daniel O. Bernstine Scholarship Fund and not to LSAC.)

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323 East Washington Avenue
Newtown, PA 18940
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