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Ken Berman, 76, Retired Jewelry Manufacturer and Steadfast Timer for Sporting Events

May 8, 2008
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Ken Berman, 76, a retired jewelry manufacturer and a timer for the Philadelphia 76ers, died April 20 at Neshaminy Manor in Warrington.

Berman, who worked NBA All-Star Games and the NBA Finals in 1956, 1967 and 1983, when Philadelphia won the titles, started operating the 24-second shot clock in 1958 with the Philadelphia Warriors.

He joined the 76ers franchise in 1964.

He timed men's basketball games for St. Joseph's and La Salle universities, and men's and women's games for Temple University.

He also timed Philadelphia Wings lacrosse games.

Berman and his son were members of the statistical crew for the men's and women's basketball games at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.

Berman, who was on dialysis for several years, operated the clock at 76ers games through the 2004-05 season and then helped with the stats from his wheelchair in 2006. With recent technology, he pushed a handheld button that started and stopped the clocks that players see from the court.

An Army veteran of the Korean war, after his discharge, Berman studied jewelry-making and opened Ken Berman Inc. on Sansom Street in Philadelphia. He and his son later established SRB Designs on Sansom. Berman also designed and made custom jewelry, often for 76ers players. He retired in 2006.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marsha Greenbaum Berman; daughter Ilana Feldman; son Scott Berman; and five grandchildren.

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