In Remembrance: Bertram M. Winer ’43 Died on December 3 2016

Bert Winer died on December 3, 2016, in Wayland, Massachusetts, the town where he and his wife Mimi Feldman had lived for the last 50 out of their more than 63 years of marriage.

After a stint in Panama serving as an Army physician just after the war, Bert returned to his hometown of Boston. There he undertook pioneering medical research on the angiotensin and renin systems, which had clinical applications in the quest to treat and control hypertension. His original work was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, among other medical journals. Much of it is now available online. He became an associate professor of medicine at Harvard University and a member of the Department of Medicine and the Yamins Research Laboratory at the Beth Israel Hospital. In addition to research, he practiced internal medicine and taught clinical practice for decades.

Whatever Bert did, he did with enthusiasm. He became a lifelong avid sailor, fisherman, golfer, birdwatcher, tennis player, chess player, and duplicate bridge player. He loved opera and staged opera parties at his home.

His Yale years meant a great deal to him. It was no accident that his three sons (Jonathan ’76, Joshua ’78, and Matthew ’80) all wound up at Yale, too. He was predeceased by Matthew, who had been a physician practicing psychiatry at Dartmouth. He is survived by Mimi, Jonathan, Joshua, Matthew’s wife, Margaret Sheehan, and five grandchildren. His last words were typically Bert: “I’m perfect.” As Bert often signed off in his letters, recollecting his days at Boston Latin, “Ave atque vale—hail and farewell.”  

—Submitted by the family.

More details are available in a tribute posted on the funeral home website.

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