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Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., Remembered

Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon and the board of directors are saddened by the passing of Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., a member of the Center’s board of directors from 1985 to 2004; he was board chair for the last six years of his term. He died peacefully at home in Maine on April 24.

Dr. Bergen was an early and staunch believer that health care is a basic human right. He was the founding president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the largest comprehensive state-wide health sciences university which he headed for 27 years retiring in 1998. In recognition of his contribution to medical education and administrative leadership in the state of New Jersey, he was the first recipient of the Governor’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. 

Dr. Bergen received an AB from Princeton University and an MD from Columbia University.

“Stan Bergen was, for me, a great teacher, a wonderful colleague, and a dear friend whose steadfast loyalty to The Hastings Center was manifest in countless ways,” said Thomas Murray, who was president of The Hastings Center from 1999 to 2012.

“Biomedical ethics remained a passion of his until his death,” said his son, Stuart Bergen.