David Michael Berg, beloved husband, son, brother, uncle, friend, and professor, unexpectedly passed away on March 21 at his Minneapolis home, at the age of 63. David had a heart of gold; he will be deeply missed.
David was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on April 14, 1959 to Harvey Berg and Shirley (Utech) Berg. He graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1977 and received his B.A. from St. Olaf College in 1981. David continued his education by receiving a Master of International Business degree from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. David worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS), a multinational firm, for a number of years, during which time he lived in Dallas, London, and Munich.
David received the call of the academic and left EDS to pursue a Ph.D. in Business Administration (International Strategy) from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. David held faculty positions at the University of Texas - Dallas and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He joined Hamline University in St. Paul in 2009 and was a tenured Associate Professor there at the time of his death. David was a passionate educator. During his teaching career, David trained hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of international business and strategic management.
David met his life's partner, Mark Hooker, in 1994. The two shared many life adventures and were married in Las Vegas in 2021, surrounded by family and friends. Together, the two enjoyed travel, the theater, and dinners out with family and friends. They also loved dogs. In addition to Mark, David leaves behind their fur babies Bandit, Jasper, Sergeant, and Molly.
David loved to travel. He delighted in leading student trips to Asia and showing students cultures other than their own. He also enjoyed traveling with his parents, brother, and sister's family. They explored the world together, sharing many fun and exciting adventures.
David was known for his intelligence, humor, compassion, and selflessness. He was a kind, loving soul whose absence will be felt by many. David is preceded in death by his father, Harvey and by other close family members. He is survived by his husband Mark and their dogs, his mother, Shirley, his brother, Douglas, his sister, Deborah (Scott) Beyer, and his niece, Anna Beyer. He is also survived by an uncle, three aunts, and eight cousins and their families.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Humane Society in David's honor. A memorial service has not yet been planned. More details will follow.