Doug Berry's wife, Ruth, constantly reminds him to step off of his soapbox. But as an 82-year-old World War II veteran, he has plenty to speak passionately about.
Mr. Berry served as an Army Medical Officer in the South Pacific during World War II. When he returned from the war in 1947, he pursued a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
He returned to the Harrisburg area following graduation and sought a career at a consulting engineering firm, Gannett Fleming. Mr. Berry spent just under 40 years working his way up through the company, even taking the time to start two new companies within Gannett Fleming.
In the early 1980s, Mr. Berry was asked to serve on the board at Harrisburg Hospital. He continued to serve on the board throughout the various health system mergers and the formation of PinnacleHealth System. He acted as the chairman of the Gifts and Endowments committee at Harrisburg Hospital and as the chairman of the Capital Area Health System Board of Directors. In total, Mr. Berry spent 24 years on the health system board.
Still a very active member of the Facilities Committee, Mr. Berry was intimately involved in the planning and construction of the Fredricksen Outpatient Center. He continues to be heavily involved in planning and construction at PinnacleHealth and also serves as president of his condominium community's board.
In their rare free time, Mr. and Mrs. Berry enjoy boating and spending time with their children and two sets of grandchildren.
Stepping back onto his soapbox, Mr. Berry says, "If you are going to do something, then do it! You should not just pay lip service to the organization." The Berrys believe strongly in making a total commitment to involve themselves when they are asked to volunteer their time or resources. "When I become involved, I become heavily involved," says Mr. Berry.