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SEPT. 28, 1917 -- NOV. 18, 2004

Dr. Berten C. Bean, 87, of Buffalo, a retired radiologist, died Thursday at the Weinburg Campus, Getzville, after a long illness.

A native of Auburn, he moved with his family to Syracuse and Weedsport before coming to Buffalo during the 1930s.

He graduated from Bennett High School and the University of Buffalo and its medical school. He also studied navigation at Yale University. In 1950, he studied neuroradiology in Stockholm, Sweden.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served as battalion surgeon for the 593rd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment, "Surf and Sand," in the Pacific. Among the honors he received were the Bronze Star for his part in the Borneo campaign. He also served in New Guinea, the Bismarck Sea and the southern Philippines.

After the war, Dr. Bean moved to North Buffalo and pursued a career as a teaching doctor at Buffalo General Hospital, where he introduced the first CAT scan and cutting-edge techniques learned while studying in Sweden. He retired in 1980.

Dr. Bean was a member and elder of Central Presbyterian Church.

He enjoyed local sports and was a fan of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.

Dr. Bean enjoyed spending summers in the Adirondacks, first on Follensby Clear Pond as a child, and later at the cabin built by his father on Upper Saranac.

He shared his love of fishing, frogging, canoeing, mountain climbing and berry-picking with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, the former Eleanor Wende; a daughter, Barbara Quider of Angola; a son, Berten C. Jr. of Houston; a sister, Ellen Westenfelder of Indianapolis; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 7:30 tonight in John E. Roberts Funeral Home, 1361 Hertel Ave.


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