72, a surgeon, noted male chauvinist and newspaper columnist who was the physician and confidant of former vice president and senator Hubert H. Humphrey, died Nov. 25 at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore after a heart attack.

Dr. Berman successfully completed the first implantation of a plastic esophagus in a human and the first heart transplant in a dog. He also worked with Albert Schweitzer in Africa in 1960 and wrote books about Schweitzer and Humphrey.

In 1970, he gained notoriety when he asserted in a widely reported remark that women could never occupy top political positions because they suffer from "raging hormones." In 1982, he published "The Compleat Chauvinist: A Survival Guide for the Bedeviled Male."


31, the conductor of the 95-voice Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, died Nov. 23 at his home in West Hollywood. He had acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Mr. Carlson moved to Los Angeles in 1980 from Chicago, where he had been a cofounder of the Windy City Chorus and a charter member of the Chicago Gay Pride Band. He also cofounded the Gay Lesbian Association of Choruses and was a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Choral Conductors Guide.


92, a painter whose quaint 19th century scenes have appeared on millions of Christmas cards worldwide, died Nov. 25 in Overeen, The Netherlands. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Pieck's oils, watercolors, etchings and engravings, woodcuts and lithographs number in the thousands, with millions of copies in circulation. A favorite theme was daily life, although often in an idealized version of the 18th and 19th centuries, in which the rags of the poor are more picturesque than pathetic.