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Deceased Information

Bruce Beerman

Thursday, July 20, 2017 (before sunset)

26 Tammuz, 5777

Monday, July 24, 2017

11:00 AM


Arlington Memorial Park, Atlanta GA

The family will receive guests for lunch following the service and then from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM Tuesday evening at the home of Janet and Bruce Beerman.
5890 Riverwood Drive Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328

Please contact Dresslers at 770-451-4999 to send a message to the family.

  • The Georgia State University Foundation  (Please label your gift: For The Bradford Scott Beerman Memorial Scholarship - 020389)  PO Box 2668, Atlanta, GA 30301-2668
  • UGA School of Law ATTN: Office of Law School Advancement, 225 Herty Drive, Athens, GA 30602

    Bruce Harvey Beerman, age 68, of Atlanta, died July 20, 2017. He was born at Crawford Long Hospital, grew up in the Chastain Park area of Atlanta, and was educated in Atlanta Public Schools. In 1967 Bruce graduated from Dykes High School. He ranked academically at the top of an extraordinary class. Not only was he an excellent student, but he was a fine athlete, claiming state records in track. At Georgia Tech, he continued to run Varsity track, won the Freshman Cake Race, and was thereby rewarded with the opportunity of kissing the Tech Homecoming Queen. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude in 1971. Following college, Bruce entered the University of Georgia School of Law. He was a Woodruff Scholar, an Editor on the Law Review, and graduated number one in his class in 1974. Shortly thereafter, he married the love of his life, Janet Ellis, and they were married 42 years. Bruce’s first job as a lawyer was with the firm of Smith, Cohen, Ringel, Kohler, Martin & Lowe where he became a Partner. Later, he and seven other lawyers branched out on their own and founded the firm, Fortson & White. All eight were equal partners and Bruce served as Managing Partner. In 2000 he went to work part-time at Burr & Forman, where he played a key role in building the Litigation Section in the firm’s Atlanta Office. He retired in 2012. His areas of expertise included civil litigation, malpractice defense, and school law. Bruce was an avid golfer, maintaining membership at The Golf Club of Georgia, becoming a “fixture” at the club, and playing six days a week for several years. He enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S., playing our nation’s top courses, and on June 11, 2015, he was thrilled to make a hole-in-one. Survivors include his wife, Janet Ellis Beerman; brothers: Ron (Carol) Beerman and Fred (Mary) Beerman; brother-in-law, Bryan Ellis (Judi Honea). He was preceded in death by his son, Brad Beerman; parents, Eloise and Fred Beerman; and parents-in-law, Ruth and Elmo Ellis. Sign on line guest book at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Bradford Scott Beerman Memorial Scholarship at Georgia State University or The University of Georgia School of Law. A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Monday, July 24, 2017 at Arlington Memorial Park, with Rabbi Loren Filson-Lapidus officiating. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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    The Dressler Family
    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.
    Nancy & Arnie DavisAug 17 2017 04:37 pm
    We were saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. We remember him--and you--so fondly from past reunions. He always had a sweet smile on his handsome, friendly face. Rest in peace, Bruce, and may sweet, happy memories comfort you, Janet, during this difficult time. Love, Nancy & Arnie
    carol nemoAug 2 2017 06:45 pm
    Dear Janet, Bob and I were very saddened to hear of Bruce's death. Please accept our sincere sympathy and condolences and know that we are thinking of you and your family at this sad time. With love, Carol
    Debbie Blass LevinJul 31 2017 08:39 pm
    Dear Janet I am so sorry to hear about your beloved Bruce. My thoughts and love are with you. Love, Debbie Levin
    Joanne CooperJul 24 2017 09:03 pm
    Janet-- I am heartbroken for you. Bruce was such an outstanding man and a wonderful husband, and he touched all who knew him. You have been and will continue to be in my prayers, my sweet friend. I love you.
    HoniJul 24 2017 04:36 pm
    Janet, So terribly sorry for your loss .. May Bruce's memory be for a blessing..
    Mose MunroJul 24 2017 10:19 am
    Janet, we missed you and Bruce very much at the reunion. We were all extremely saddened by the news. Please accept mine and Sues most heartfelt of condolences. Yours very truly, Mose Munro
    Hal SchiffmanJul 24 2017 01:42 am
    Janet, my deepest sympathy. I heard this tragic news in San Antonio and my heart broke for you. Words may now be slight consolation but you are in my thoughts.
    Susan KornblutJul 24 2017 01:16 am
    Janet, Harold and I were deeply saddened by the news of Bruce's passing. We found out about it when we arrived in San Antonio for the family reunion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we send our love during this difficult time.
    Bill & Sally Israel Jul 23 2017 11:25 pm
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of your dear Bruce. May the happy memories of your 42 years together give you strength and comfort at this time and in the years to come.
    Joan ZionJul 23 2017 11:05 pm
    Dear Family, Please accept my condolences on the loss of Bruce. I have wonderful memories of Bruce during my years in the Atlanta Public Schools. He was a fine man, an excellent lawyer, and a warm and caring counselor. I shall continue to cherish my memories of Bruce.
    Alfonso and Mary JessieJul 23 2017 09:29 pm
    We have so many fond thoughts of Bruce. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Al and Mary Jessie
    Sue S. CramerJul 23 2017 03:49 pm
    I was so sorry to hear of Bruce's death and I know that my dearest friend, Eloise, has lovengly welcomed her son home. She and Fred were always so proud of their sons and their families. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers in this sad time.
    Virginia H HeinJul 23 2017 01:53 pm
    A wonderful man from, and with, a strong, supportive, admirable family. I've always thought of Bruce as a gentle giant. He will be missed by all.
    Judy ConeJul 23 2017 12:30 pm
    Janet, My heart goes out to you with the loss of your husband Bruce. May your wonderful memories help sustain you through this sad time.
    Stephanie Lee GlickJul 22 2017 09:51 pm
    I am saddened by your loss.
    Barry GouldJul 22 2017 02:58 pm
    Janet We are so sadden to hear of Bruce's passing. Way too short of time for a great guy. We remember our wonderful times in Atlanta and at Tech. Our sincere condolences to you and the whole Berman family. Love Sue and Barry Gould
    Marc RogovinJul 21 2017 08:27 am
    Janet, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. He was such a nice man. I will always remember Bruce playing golf in the worst weather, when we all wanted to quit or did drive in. He would say, heck, I will have plenty of time to rest later. My family sends its prayers to you at this time of reflection. God just got a good partner for his foursome.
    Judy VinessJul 21 2017 01:52 am
    Dear Janet: So sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband Bruce. May his memory be a blessing and may you be comforted along with the all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem
    Joan MitchellJul 20 2017 06:30 pm
    Sending so much love and prayers for you, sweet Janet, sweet friend!
    Dave ScoppaJul 20 2017 04:14 pm
    Janet, I was so deeply saddened to hear about Bruce's passing this afternoon. Our prayers are with you and your family and may your faith provide you the strength in this time of sorrow. Dave
    Paul PolkJul 20 2017 03:37 pm
    I am so sorry and saddened to learn of Bruce's passing. I remember him well from our days at Tech, and extend my most heartfelt condolences to Bruce's family, friends, and associates.
    Linda FrankJul 20 2017 03:25 pm
    Dear Sweet Janet... Even though we just officially met this summer, it seems like I've known you forever. I wanted to send hugs and prayers for strength and comfort. You are so strong and I'm so sorry for you and your family. May your wonderful memories together lift you up and keep you strong and as always may his memory be for a blessing. Love, Linda Frank
    Warren MatthewsJul 20 2017 12:08 pm
    I was saddened to learn of Bruce's death. I was proud to claim him as a law partner for a number of years as well as a friend. We shared the love of golf and Bruce was so generous to me and my brother Will. The highlight of my summer was spending time with Bruce at the Burr Open. He always had a smile on his face and made everyone around him feel better.
    Karen Botnick PazJul 20 2017 10:30 am
    Please know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Sending my love.
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