Let it be recorded in deepest sorrow that Dr. Stanley S. Bergen Jr., founding president emeritus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which became Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, passed away on April 24, 2019 at the age of 89.
Dr. Bergen was a physician and professor who served as the institution's president from 1971 to 1998, overseeing the transformation of a small medical and dental school in Newark, New Jersey, into the nation's largest freestanding health sciences university. During his 27-year tenure, the institution achieved university status in 1981, growing to eight schools on five campuses, and had one of the largest student minority populations among medical and dental schools nationwide. An advocate of access and equity in health care, Dr. Bergen served as the president of the state’s first health sciences college, which accepted primary responsibility for the city’s public health care services, and aided in the economic recovery of the City of Newark. Dr. Bergen was a prominent voice among New Jersey health care policymakers and higher education, serving as a founding member of the University Health System of New Jersey and numerous other boards and councils, including the Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He was instrumental in the creation of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only Comprehensive Cancer Center as designated by the National Cancer Institute, as well as Newark’s International Center for Public Heath, a leading center for infectious disease research. The Stanley S. Bergen Building on the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Newark campus and the Stanley S. Bergen Medal of Excellence, which recognizes exceptional scholarly achievements across the biomedical sciences, were both named in his honor.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Governors of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as an expression of the Board and the University in grateful remembrance of Stanley S. Bergen’s dedication and service to the State of New Jersey and higher education, this memorial shall be recorded in the minutes of the Board of Governors; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this memorial be sent to the Bergen family, along with the Board’s heartfelt and deepest condolences.
Board of Governors
Rutgers, The State University of New Jeresey
June 19, 2019