Max was born on March 13, 1924 in Denver, Colorado, the son of Joseph S. Berman and Odell R. Berman. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Marie Shatz Berman. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Anne Johnston Berman, in 1997, and by his first wife, and the mother of his five children, Margaret Pauline “Polly” Berman, in 1995. Max was also preceded in death by his grandchild, Louis Cannon Vaden, and a daughter-in-law, Margaret Susane Berman.
Max is survived by three sons and two daughters: William Joseph Berman and his wife, Nancy, of Charlottesville, Virginia; Jerry Michael Berman and his wife, Ellen, of Ruckersville, VA; Ann Berman Vaden and her husband, Peter, of Charlottesville; David James Berman and his wife, Marica, of Gordon, Kentucky; and Rebecca Lynn Martin of Blacksburg, Virginia. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Matthew Berman, Michael Berman, Mary Vaden Greiner and her husband Hans, Elizabeth Vaden Charles and her husband Chuck, Cate Vaden, Erica Berman Thacker and her husband Keith, Scott Berman, Haley Berman, Christina Martin and Jessica Martin. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren: Luke Greiner, Benjamin Greiner, Samuel Greiner and Conner Thacker.
Max served for four years in the U.S. Navy during World War II and then received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Emory, he met and married Margaret Pauline Cummings of Coosa County, Alabama. After graduation they moved to Schenectady, New York where he began his 45 year career with General Electric Company, initially involved in the design of tube radios. In 1955, he was transferred to the GE plant near Roanoke, VA. While living in Roanoke, Max was Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 12 at Huntington Court Methodist Church, and president of the Williamson Road Schools Committee. During the 1970s, he served as a member of the Roanoke City School Board. After being transferred to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1979, Max finished his career with GE as a senior engineer specializing in the programming of microprocessors. He was active at the Senior Center where he was a member of the bowling team and facilitated weekly Bingo games. He was a member of First Baptist Church and Gideons International. Max was also an avid ham radio operator and was, for many years, a licensed pilot.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at First Baptist Church, 735 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Joel Jenkins will officiate. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2012 at Hill and Wood Funeral Home, 201 North First Street, Charlottesville, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, P.O. Box 937, Verona, VA 24482.