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Financial advice columnist Malcolm Berko dies shortly after ending column

Financial advice columnist Malcolm Berko passed away June 13. (File photo) –

Financial columnist Malcolm Berko, whose column appeared in Lehigh Valley Business for many years, has passed away in Florida.

His column, “Taking Stock,” which often railed against modern life and politics as much as it doled out financial advice, was extremely popular with readers.

Berko’s column was most recently distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication, after being with Creators Syndicate for some time.

According to Creators, Berko was also a published poet and nature photographer.

Berko had recently stopped writing the column. His last “Taking Stock” for Lehigh Valley Business appeared in the June 10 edition.

His parting line to LVB readers was “Be an optimist, not a pessimist; you’ll get invited to more parties.”

His current syndicator indicated that he died June 13.

Lehigh Valley Business is currently looking for a replacement column. Editor Joel Berg asks anyone with a favorite column or subject that you would like to see take Berko’s place to write him at [email protected].

Writer Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at [email protected] or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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