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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
I met George many years ago through Charles Cutter, PhD, a colleague of his. The three of us had many happy excursions--to restaurants, movies, and SDSU events. I loved George's political insight, warmth, but especially his humor. He was passionate about many things, and directed the University's World Affairs program. Those presentations were brilliant, and I was so excited the times I would join George and his colleagues and presenters at dinner beforehand. And what a great conversationalist and storyteller! I was shocked to learn, from one of George's friends, that I was the only person who talked more than him! George was an incredible asset to the University and his students, and a favorite of those of us who knew him.
April 25, 2021
George was a regular patron at the library where I work. He was a kind, compassionate, intelligent man. He will be sorely missed by our staff. RIP, George.
March 2, 2021
It is said by many former students, but very true in my case: Dr. Bergstrom was the most impactful and memorable professor of my college years. He fostered curiosity, advocated a more cosmopolitan outlook, and expressed genuine interest and support of the goals and objectives of his students. He taught me so much more than just the curriculum. He brought to life the behind-the-scenes mechanics and strategy of politics, international relations, diplomacy - and etiquette required for each! He made significant, positive contributions to this world and those who came into contact with him, and he will be sorely missed.
Adam Day, SDSU 1991
December 19, 2020
George was my dear colleague and friend at SDSU from 1998 until his retirement. Not only was he my colleague in the world of international affairs, but more importantly he was my dear friend. I have many wonderful memories of our trips to Oxford during the summers. George was a wonderful storyteller, I loved hearing his Oxford stories as we strolled through the town, he was such a great historian. I remember taking him to a Thai dinner for his 70th birthday while we were at Oxford. Over the last several years we enjoyed many meals together. I would pick him up for our culinary adventures (he always rode the bus) and we would enjoy a meal and discuss the politics of the day and the "goings-on at SDSU". I will miss his friendship...I will miss the Christmas cards and letters I received sealed with a wax mark. Lastly, I think SDSU and the world will one day come to realize what they have lost with this eccentric, enigmatic, intellectual, consummate gentleman. Rest well my dear friend...I will see you again.
December 8, 2020
A genuine institution already at St Antony's College, Oxford, when I arrived there as a student, George was a fountain of knowledge and source of practicality who made friends easily and was always a pleasure to talk to. He was a reminder of a more genteel, cultured, and personal era. RIP
December 7, 2020
I was one of Dr. Bergstrom's SDSU colleagues. I routinely saw him around the office and attended a few World Affairs talks, but it wasn't until I got active in the Oxford program that I really came to appreciate what a wonderful colleague and educator he was: dedicated to his students, to their learning, and to broadening their horizons. Janet and I greatly enjoyed our times with George in Oxford, several times as flatmates. He was a kind and gentle soul, with good values and a big heart. Turns out he was also a great storyteller, with a lifetime of surprising and colorful adventures. We will miss him. Our most sincere condolences go out to his family and loved ones. David & Janet Carruthers
December 7, 2020
My condolences to Dr. Bergstrom’s family. Papa G , as I fondly call him, is being missed. You are in a better place “on the other side”. Thank you Papa G, you shared your life “in this side” with us. You will always be cherished and remembered.