Queer Places:
Columbia University, New York, NY
Mount Moriah Cemetery Fairview, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA

Ira M. Berger (1940 – November 19, 1986) was the dean of public affairs at the New York Law School and former president of Gay Men's Health Crisis.

 Berger was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1961. He received two master's degrees from Columbia University.

Berger had been an assistant professor of history and coordinator of world studies at the defunct Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and an instructor in medieval history at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. From 1963 to 1967, he lectured in history at Brooklyn College.

In March 1985, he was named to the board of Gay Men's Health Crisis, a social-service and educational organization that assists people with AIDS. He became president of the group in April 1986.

From 1979 to 1981, Berger worked with the National Huntington's Disease Program to establish a program of fund-raising among corporations. He was director of development and planning of the Mannes College of Music from 1977 to 1979.

 Berger, whose expertise was in finance, development and public relations, was at the law school from 1984 until his death. From 1980 to 1984, he was director of development at Barnard College.

He died of cancer at St. Vincent's Hospital on November 19, 1986. He was 46 years old and lived in Manhattan. His companion of many years was Ricardo Mercado.


  1. https://www.nytimes.com/1986/11/21/obituaries/ira-berger-46-is-dead-a-dean-at-law-school.html