ARTHUR BURGERMAN

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BURGERMAN ARTHUR BURGERMAN, MD May 8, 1924 - March 9, 2014 Arthur Burgerman was in every way a member of the Greatest Generation. He served his country in World War II and the Korean War, then served the Washington community as a physician for fifty-four years, practicing internal medicine and endocrinology. He died of natural causes on March 9, 2014 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, two months short of his 90th birthday. Dr Burgerman was born in Chicago in 1924. Both of his parents had immigrated from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s. He enlisted in the Army in 1942. After three months of basic training, he was selected for the Army Specialized Training Program and placed at the University of Wisconsin, Madison as an engineering student. The engineering program closed after two years and he was transferred into the School of Medicine at Indiana University, where he received his MD in 1948. Still in the military reserves, he completed a rotating internship at Ancker Hospital in St Paul, MN followed by an internship in Internal Medicine at Baltimore City Hospital. When the Korean War broke out, Dr Burgerman was recalled to military service, this time in the newly-formed Air Force Medical Corps, and was stationed in San Marcos, TX. He was honorably discharged in 1953 and returned to Minnesota for a three-year Fellowship in Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. While at Mayo, he also received a M.Sc in Medicine from the University of Minnesota. It was at the Mayo Clinic that Arthur Burgerman met the love of his life, Marilyn (nee Ivy Marilyn Purdy), an operating room nurse from Nelson, British Columbia. They were married in June, 1955. Dr Burgerman brought his bride to Washington in April, 1956 when he was offered a position at the Yater Clinic, near Dupont Circle at 1780 Massachusetts Ave. He practiced there until the clinic closed in 1999. He also taught at Georgetown University School of Medicine from 1957 through 1977. When the Yater Clinic closed, he moved his practice to Washington Hospital Center. Dr Burgerman retired on October 31, 2009, at the age of 85, and regretted having retired for the rest of his life. He loved practicing medicine, loved seeing patients, and never stopped keeping up with current research in his field. Arthur and Marilyn Burgerman raised three children, first in Glover Park and then in Bethesda. During their lives they travelled everywhere together, visiting countries on every continent except Antarctica, including medical exchanges to China and Russia before either were open to American tourists. When his beloved wife developed Alzheimers disease in the mid-1990s, Arthur became her primary caretaker and continued to care for her at home for as long as was physically possible. Marilyn Purdy Burgerman died in July, 2003. She was followed ten years later by their son, Robert Stephen Burgerman, MD, who died unexpectedly on July 12, 2013. Dr. Burgerman remained in the family home in Bethesda until his death. He lived independently to the very end, listening to Big Band, Swing, and Dixieland jazz, reading medical journals, and enjoying the company of his dog, Sam, and visits from his children. He is survived by his daughters, Susan Diane Burgerman, PhD, of Washington, DC and Lauren Elaine Bergman of New York, NY, and his grandson, Adam DelGiudice of Miami, FL. A memorial service will be held at Arlington Cemetery at a later date. For information, please contact Susan Burgerman at susan@burgerman.net.A">susan@burgerman.net.A memorial service will be held at Arlington Cemetery at a later date. For information, please contact Susan Burgerman at susan@burgerman.net.

Published in The Washington Post on May 8, 2014
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