Lillian R. Berkman, who with her late husband, Jack Berkman ’29, established the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School in 1997, died on May 1. She was 79.

In addition to her support of the Berkman Center, a research center that examines legal issues in the online era, she served on the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Law School and the Visiting Committee to the Board of Overseers of Harvard University. Additionally, she served as a director and vice chairwoman of the Salvation Army of New York, a trustee of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, and a director of the Phoenix House, a drug-rehabilitation organization.

Cofounder of the American Tractor Corporation, Ms. Berkman became, at age 30, one of the first American female executives in the heavy equipment manufacturing industry. She later served on the boards of numerous corporations and nonprofit organizations, including Allied Stores Corporation, Sterling National Bank, and the Salvation Army of New York.