December 16, 2022 ~ 22 Kislev 5283
Hanan (Henry) Spilman Berg-Brousseau died in his home in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday, December 16, 2022. He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, a city he fought to improve through his extensive work with the Fairness Campaign. While a student at Louisville Collegiate School, he advocated for the rights of transgender people by organizing a protest against gay conversion therapy, speaking to the Kentucky Senate Education Committee, and participating in other local and national causes. His speech to the committee was shared on John Oliver Tonight. He was awarded Collegiate’s Outstanding High School Senior in 2016 and the Butterfly Award in 2015 by the Women’s Center at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in recognition of his advocacy for the transgender community. Henry attended George Washington University, where he double majored in Political Science and History with a minor in Jewish Studies. He was proud to be a founding member of GWU’s chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, an LGBTQ+ fraternity. After graduating in 2021, Henry served as the Deputy Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. He was an active member of the Stonewall Kickball League of DC, an avid knitter, and a lover of The West Wing. He will be remembered for his drive to make this world a more accepting place, his ambition to use communications and politics as a force for positive change, and his eagerness to make everyone around him feel loved.
Henry is preceded in death by his grandparents, Pearl and Harold Berg z”l, and Robert and Mary Brousseau. He is survived by his parents, Karen Berg and Bob Brousseau; his sister, Rachael Pass; his Nanny, Odessa Riley; his uncle, David Brousseau; his aunts, Amy Berg, Dena Nelson, and Lauren Berg; his extended family and friends, and his beloved dog, Bibi.
The funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 21st, at Herman Meyer & Son, Inc., 1338 Ellison Ave, Louisville, KY 40204. Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. Burial to follow in The Temple Cemetery.
Following the service, visitors are invited back to the Berg family home for shiva from 6 pm to 8 pm at 608 Jarvis Lane, Louisville, KY 40207.
The Temple Cemetery
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