James D. Berwick (Jim) dedicated himself to his family, business and his community. He loved the challenge of operating his second-generation business, Berwick Electric Co., in an ethical manner that was above reproach. He served on numerous boards, including the Colorado Springs Planning Commission, Electrical Board of El Paso County, Colorado Springs Symphony and School District #11 Board.
His concern for the youth in our community led him to start CODE (Committee on Drug Education), which was the first organization in Colorado Springs to educate youth and fight drug abuse. This resulted in him being recognized with the Service to Mankind Award. His moral convictions were evident in his comment, “When you need to make a difficult business decision, make sure your choice is one that you would be proud to have your family read if it were on the front page of the newspaper.”
Jim’s beliefs were founded in his family’s upbringing, his involvement in his church and the YMCA. Jim’s father actually led the YMCA’s orchestra back in 1904 (see photograph above), and Jim grew up enjoying YMCA camping and swimming.
Upon Jim’s passing in 1998, his family chose to create a scholarship through the YMCA, which recognizes our community’s youth that display a passion similar to his.