Biography of Dr. Adolphus A. Berger
San Francisco, CA Biographies





ADOLPHUS ARTHUR BERGER, M. D.
Among the younger physicians now practicing in the city of San Francisco, one of the most promising is Dr. Adolphus Arthur Berger, of 202 Clement street, who also holds the official position of city autopsy surgeon. Dr. Berger was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, July 4, 1899, and is a son of Morris and Masha (Burger) Berger, the former now being deceased. Morris Berger was of German descent, and during his active career was a grocery merchant. He and his wife were the parents of two sons and one daughter. Adolphus A. Berger pursued his education in the public schools of his native city, and following his graduation from high school in 1916, he spent three years as a student at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He next entered the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in 1922, following which he began the study of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. This well known school conferred upon him the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1925.

After completing his professional training, Dr. Berger joined the United States Navy as a lieutenant, junior grade, and for fourteen months was stationed at the San Diego Naval Hospital. In this capacity he acquired much valuable experience, and then came to San Francisco to accept the position of house physician for the St. Francis Hospital in this city. He retained this post until June, 1927, when he established himself in private practice. His progress has been extraordinarily rapid during the comparatively few years since, and he has created a reputation of merit in a city noted for its excellent doctors and surgeons. He was appointed city autopsy surgeon of San Francisco on January 1, 1928, and since that date has discharged the duties of this office with satisfaction to all concerned. He is a junior fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and he also belongs to the San Francisco County, the California State, and the American Medical Associations.

After the United States declared war against Germany, Dr. Berger was first in the Students' Army Training Corps, then enlisted in the United States Army and was transferred to Camp Zachary Taylor, where he remained until his honorable discharge in December, 1918. He has attained the thirty second degree in Masonry, and his political support is customarily given to the democratic party and its candidates. He has manifested a real and public spirited interest in San Francisco activities since adopting this city as his residence, and has been generous with his cooperation wherever it was of value. For recreation, he is a devotee of swimming.

From:
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931


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