Berni died Aug. 31, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. 

A native of Brooklyn, Berni came to Princeton from Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, N.Y. At Princeton she majored in English and completed the Teacher Preparation program. A resident of Mathey College her first two years, she later joined Quadrangle Club, where she served as membership chair. Berni was also the music director of the Gospel Ensemble and a charter member of the Wildcats singing group, and was active in both the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship and the Princeton University Players. She was an athlete as well, competing on the Quad Club co-ed and women’s flag football teams as well as the JV and Quad Club volleyball teams. 

After Princeton Berni earned a master’s degree at Columbia University. She worked as an educator with the New York City Board of Education for many years before relocating to Orlando. 

Berni is survived by her husband, Norman “Karl” Murray; her daughter, Alexandria; her bonus children and grandchildren; parents; siblings; nieces; nephews; and a host of family members, friends, and colleagues. The family has asked that friends please consider a donation to Alexandria’s college fund; please email your class secretary, Carolyn Havens Niemann ’89, at for contact information.

Undergraduate Class of 1989