Retired Army Lt. Col. Lorenzo R. Berry, 67, a former Washington physician who saw active duty with the Medical Corps in World War II and the Korean conflict, died of cancer July 27 in Oakland, Calif.
Born in Washington, he graduated from Armstrong Technical High School and then from Howard University in 1931, when he was commissioned in the Army Reserves.
Dr. Berry received his medical degree from Howard in 1935 and, after serving his internship and residency at old Freedmen's Hospital, began private practice here.
He was called to active duty in World War II and also served during the Korean conflict before he retired from the Army in 1956.
In June, 1950, the "Service Stripe," a publication of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, wrote of him:
"Maj. Barry is one of the highest rankihg Negro medical officers in the Regular Army. He is a former instructor in bacteriology at Howard University Medical School in Washington, D.C. and served five years during World War II as regimental surgeon of the 327th infantry in the Pacific. He was the first Negro medical officer of the Regular Army to be a graduate of the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Another first to his credit was his assignment in the pathology department of the Army Medical Department Research and Graduate School where he served while attending the Medical Basic Sciences Course."
Before leaving the Army, Dr. Berry was assigned to Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco. He opened a private practice in Oakland in 1955. He also had offices in Richmonod, Calif.
In addition to serving on a number of hospital staffs in California, Dr. Berry also had been medical officer of the San Quentin Hospital of the California Department of Corrections since 7315.
He was a member of the American Medical Association and the California and Alameda County Medical Societies. A 33d degree Mason, he was a past master of Social Lodge No. 1 of the Masons, Prince Hall Affiliate, here.
He is survived by his wife, Alice J. Berry, of the home in Oakland, and four sisters, Rosetta B. Jones, Laura B. Washington, Ethel B. Whitfield and Dr. Theresa Berry-Jordan, all of Washington.