In Memory: Julie Hedges Rohrer

November 15th, 2019

Julie Hedges Rohrer, 81, beloved wife of Stephen Berg, passed away peacefully on October 28 at their home in Andes, New York after a long illness.

Born in Glen Ridge, NJ on July 7, 1938, Julie grew up in Montclair and was the youngest daughter of Robert and Frances Hedges. She attended The Kimberley School in Montclair and graduated from Wheaton College in 1960 with a BA in philosophy.

After Wheaton, Julie moved to Manhattan and began a successful career as a financial journalist. She got her start at Business Week, went onto Forbes Magazine and finally landed at Institutional Investor Magazine where she worked for almost 20 years. There she rose to the position of Senior Editor. She not only wrote articles but had an industry “must read” column covering top professional from money management firms and pension funds.

After retiring from journalism and moving to Andes, New York, Julie pursued her life-long passion for horses. Her keen interest in competing with Morgan horses resulted in numerous national titles and seven world championships at the annual Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® held in Oklahoma City. Julie was a three-time winner of the Classic Pleasure Driving World Championship with CFF Personal Advantage GCH; she earned the Classic Pleasure Driving Masters World Championship on four occasions, twice each with Acorn Ridge Dutch Design GCH and MCS Bandini; both accomplishments are all-time records.

Julie loved baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. Sam Breadon, Julie’s maternal grandfather owned and was president of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1920 until 1947. Under his reign, the Redbirds won six world series titles: 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, and 1946. In August of 2016, Julie was invited to speak at the induction of her grandfather into the Cardinals Hall of Fame. It was a weekend full of Cardinal accolades and extended family. Along with fellow 2016 inductees Joe Torre and Chris Carpenter, and in front of several thousand Redbirds fans in the heart of Cardinal Nation, Julie paid tribute to Sam Breadon and the team that brought her a lifetime of both heartache and joy.

Julie was an avid reader and enjoyed travelling. In addition to her passion for horses, Julie was a lifelong dog lover. She possessed a wicked sense of humor that will be missed by all who loved her. Julie was predeceased by her siblings Catherine Barker, Ann Egbert, and Frances Parsons. In addition to her loving husband Steve Berg. Julie is survived by her nieces: Ann Egbert, Susan Egbert Gilroy, and Catherine Livingston and her nephews Robert Barker, Jamie Egbert, John Parsons, and Peter Parsons.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Julie’s life at 11 a.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Big East Akita Rescue in Toms River, NJ.