Melvyn Berlinsky, a longtime member of the MUSC Board of Trustees, died Friday. He was 84.

Berlinsky, a Citadel graduate, was an Army veteran of World War II. Following his time in the military, he joined his father as co-owner and -operator of Berlinsky's Mens Wear/New York Tailors. He retired in 1984.

In 1971, Berlinsky was named to the Medical University of South Carolina's Board of Trustees. He remained on the board until his death.

"He took great pride in his affiliation with MUSC," said President Emeritus James B. Edwards, "and, judging by its unprecedented growth during his tenure on the board, he did everything within his power to make it one of the nation's leading academic medical centers."

Berlinsky also was involved in many civic organizations, including the Hebrew Benevolent Society and the St. Francis Development Foundation.

Former U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings said Berlinsky "was one of the finest civic leaders I've ever known."

Berlinsky is survived by his wife, Joan R. Berlinsky, three children and six grandchildren.

Services will be held at Synagogue Emanu-El Cemetery at 1 p.m. Sunday. Arrangements are being handled by Stuhr's Downtown Chapel.