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James F. "Jim" Burgess Jr.

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James F. "Jim" Burgess Jr. Obituary
59, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017 at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. He was husband to Charlotte (Dunning) Burgess of Brunswick, Maine, for 31 years. They made their home in Providence.
Born in El Paso, TX, he was the son of the late James F. Burgess Sr. and Mae (Chylak) Burgess of Niskyuna, NY. Jim graduated from Niskayuna High School and earned Eagle Scout Rank while a member of Boy Scout Troop 31. Jim received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Economics from the University of Rochester in 1979; his Master of Arts in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1987 in Economics were from Brown University. He was a professor at Boston University where he was also the director of the Health Economics Program, and a researcher for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Jim had an extensive list of professional achievements as researcher for the VA Management Science Group, the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) which included: Director of Pathways to VA Health Care, Senior Associate Editor of Health Services Research, Area Editor in Health Information Technology Economics and Health Systems and Chair of AcademyHealth's Methods Council and Health Services Research Learning Consortium. He was awarded the John Eisenberg Award for Excellence in Mentorship, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2015.
He was a member of All Saints' Memorial Church in Providence, RI where he sang in the choir, chaired the Discernment Committee and had served as Senior Warden and Chair of the Finance Committee. He also chaired the Commission on Congregational Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. Jim enjoyed spending time with his wife and family at their summer home overlooking Pequawket Lake in Limington, ME. An avid Diplomacy player, he promoted the game via his personal publication The Abyssinian Prince, served as co-editor of Diplomacy World magazine, and organized many Diplomacy conventions.Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by two stepsons: Josiah Pierce Jr. and his wife Marisa Hess of Providence and Daniel V. Pierce and his wife Gwen Miller of West Baldwin, ME; two grandchildren: Emily Ann Pierce and Noah David Pierce, three brothers: Robert Burgess of Colorado, Stephen Burgess of Florida and David Burgess of New York, and numerous nephews and nieces. Calling hours will take place at All Saints' Memorial Church, 674 Westminster St, Providence, RI on Friday, July 14 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The funeral service will take place at the church on Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 AM immediately followed by a reception, also at the church. Burial will take place after the reception in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, RI. Remembrances may be shared at carpenterjenks.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to All Saints' Memorial Church, 674 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903, or the Boston University School of Public Health Scholarship Fund. Remembrances may be shared at carpenterjenks.com.
Published in The Providence Journal from July 2 to July 13, 2017
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