James Hopkins Berger, 18, schoolboy, saved Carroll Francis Hopkins, Jr., from burning, Baltimore, Maryland, November 15, 1958. Besides a broken ankle and wrist, sustained in jumping from the roof, Berger suffered burns to his head and hands. He was hospitalized seven days and recovered in twelve weeks.(See case of JOSEPH CARROLL BERGER.)
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James Hopkins Berger, a retired purchasing agent who in his youth earned a Carnegie Medal for saving the lives of two family members during a 1958 Roland Park house fire, died Dec. 15, 2011, of prostate cancer at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 71.
After graduating from Loyola High School in 1959, Berger earned a bachelor’s degree in 1963 from Loyola College. He was commissioned an Army second lieutenant after leaving college and served as a heavy mortar platoon leader for the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Berger began his business career in 1966 as an expediter in purchasing for Bendix Friez in Towson, Md. Two years later he joined Koppers Corp., where he worked as a buyer, branch manager, and international fabrication buyer. Berger worked on the first Russian pipeline in Central Asia in 1976. From 1988 to the early 1990s, he worked in international purchasing. He retired in 2000.
Berger was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars in the state of Maryland and the Sons of the Revolution. He was a former longtime communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge.
Berger was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Community of Hunt Valley.
(Edited from an obituary in The Baltimore Sun, Dec. 22, 2011.)