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Sylvia Burg Salk


1924 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Sylvia Burg Salk Obituary
May 26, 1924 - November 22, 2016 Sylvia Burg was born to Harry and Lena Burg in the small town of Hunter, New York. While her high school graduating class voted her Most Likely to Become a Humanitarian, Sylvia wanted to become a veterinarian. In 1943, when quotas for women and Jews was the norm - and after two rejections - Sylvia was accepted into the School of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. In 1946, Sylvia Burg Salk, received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and became the State of Vermont's first female veterinarian. Deepening her commitment to helping others, Sylvia, at the age of 66, earned her Master's in International Public Health from Loma Linda University. She was an inspiration to her classmates and to her professors, many of whom were decades younger than she. In the Palm Springs area, Sylvia was a founding member of the Regional Access Project Foundation. She worked tirelessly to bring dental and eye care services to farm workers and low income children in the Coachella Valley. She supported the creation of Hidden Harvest, a produce recovery program, that gives low income people access to fresh, nutritious produce. When Sylvia was once asked what she considered her greatest achievement, however, she responded without hesitation. "Steven, David, Lisa, and Susan." Sylvia's dedication to her family and her generosity and sensitivity toward the disadvantaged and disenfranchised continued through to the end of her life. She remained a champion for social justice, a humanitarian indeed, and an inspiration to all whose lives were made better by her presence. In light of the outcome of the recent national election, please send donations in her honor to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, 2016
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