Remembering Bernie: Waterman Broadcasting pioneer dies at 96Updated:
Waterman Broadcasting founder and television pioneer Bernard Waterman passed away on Sunday after a short illness. His wife of 71 years, Edith, was at his side in their Sanibel home.
Affectionately known as “Bernie,” he was not only the owner of Waterman Broadcasting but a mentor to the hundreds who worked for him during his career.
Bernie & Edith Waterman in 2013 - Courtesy: Gulfshore Business Magazine, Photo by Alex Stafford
He served in the Navy during World War II with two tours of duty, one in the Atlantic and one in the Pacific.
He graduated from the University of Missouri. He and Edith then founded Waterman Broadcasting in 1956.
The couple purchased WBBH-TV (NBC2) in 1978 and WVIR (NBC29) in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1986.
Mr. Waterman was a capital "J" journalist first, believing his company should serve the public interest. That commitment stretched into his giving as well.
The Waterman's have supported groundbreaking medical research at the Mayo Clinic for decades, forming the Bernard and Edith Waterman Center for Cancer Genetics [here's a example of the center's work].
As Mayo Clinic Philanthropic Partners they provide leadership in developing Individualized Medicine.
It determines each person's unique disease susceptibility, defines preventive measures and enables targeted therapies to promote wellness.
We will miss his passion, innovation, and leadership.
Funeral services will be held this Friday at 10 AM at the Sanibel Community Church.
Bernard Waterman was 96 years old.