The definition of a life well lived | Memorial 18th January

10th December 2019, 11:33 am


Dan Berkowitz has died of a heart attack 9th December 2019.

Dan was a past president of Tom of Finland Foundation. Among the many things he accomplished here, was a campaign he spearheaded to perform a number of essential repairs to the Foundation’s headquarters, some exacerbated by a 1994 earthquake. He will be remembered for coordinating events with our hard-working ToFF volunteers and contributions to our newsletter.

We can’t bear the thought of the upcoming holidays without Dan. At parties. HIS parties. He always WAS the party – wise, wise-cracking and exceedingly generous.

Here’s raising a Cosmopolitan to you, Dan!

Dan Berkowitz was a writer/producer/director whose credits include television shows, commercials, videos, plays, and musical revues. He was a West Coast member liaison for The Dramatists Guild of America, and a Co-Chair of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. His stage work has been produced in theatres across the country, and he wrote a regular column for The Dramatist magazine.

So many have kindly asked how they can help, and making a contribution would be a practical, supportive way to demonstrate your affection for our extraordinary friend.

Dan Berkowitz was active in civic affairs. He was a member of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board for many years along with other prominent LGBT figures such as Ivy Bottini, Bill Gordon, Ben McCormick, Jimmy Palmieri, Sue Sexton, Nadia Sutton, and Ruth Tittle. As a board member, Berkowitz spoke out in 2011 when a controversy erupted over the city’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission’s refusal to approve an exhibit of erotic male art at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium. The exhibition was the city’s 16th annual West Hollywood-Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair, sponsored by the Tom of Finland Foundation. Berkowitz opposed the Arts Commission’s decision, and the City Council eventually overruled it and let the art fair take place.

“The most alarming thing is none of the people on that commission are our enemies,” Berkowitz said in an interview published in L.A. Weekly. “When the LGBT community is attempting to censor its own…things are really in trouble.”


A memorial for Dan will be held on 18th January 2020 at 1p.
Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts

Published: 10th December 2019

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