5336 Arthur Burgess (Class of 1962)

May 1, 1940 – June 18, 2017

Arthur Edwin Burgess, a distinguished researcher and scientist in the field of medical imaging and visual perception, passed away peacefully at the age of 77 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Arthur was predeceased by his parents, Art and Margaret Burgess and is lovingly remembered by his greatest joy in life, daughter Sarah Burgess (Warren) of Vancouver, his brother Reagh (Jackie) Burgess of Calgary, loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and extended family.

Born in Hartsville, Prince Edward Island in 1940, Arthur graduated from Queen Elizabeth School in Shilo, Manitoba and went on to graduate from Royal Military College in 1962. He received his Masters from Queen’s University and his PhD at the University of British Columbia.

He began his career at UBC and subsequently spent 10 years at Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) in Boston, Massachusetts where he carried on his lifetime commitment to research in the Department of Radiology as Associate Professor. Arthur seized every opportunity to further medical research and extensively shared his findings. His contribution to human health was research supporting the creation, modification, analysis and design optimization of medical imaging equipment.

Arthur was a kind, generous and honourable person who always enjoyed life to the fullest. He had a passion for traveling, especially his yearly trips to PEI; Royal Military College reunions, meeting friends, reading, fly fishing and sports.

To honour Arthur’s request, his body has been donated to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia as his final contribution to furthering medical research.

Special thanks to the Palliative Care team at St. Paul’s for their compassion and care during Arthur’s time at St. Paul’s Hospital.

A celebration of Arthur’s life will be held at the Hartsville Church in Prince Edward Island at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 7th, 2017.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on July 1, 2017


PICKERING, Margaret Anne (wife of 2908 Al Pickering) – With sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Margaret Anne Pickering (nee Campaigne), 88, of Kingston, Ontario, on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Margaret is survived by husband, Alan, children, Brian (Cindy), Cathy (Mike Whitman), Lynda (Steve Forsythe), Ellen Pickering and grandchildren, Sara and Curtis Pickering, Ashleigh and Tara Whitman, Jake and Keith Forsythe. Margaret will be greatly missed by all of her relatives, friends and the many people who worked with and benefited from her many years of volunteer work and endless devotion to her passions. In keeping with Margaret’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family invites relatives and friends to visit at JAMES REID FUNERAL HOME , 1900 John Counter Boulevard, Kingston on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Funeral service at EDITH RANKIN MEMORIAL UNITED CHURCH , 4080 Bath Road will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Luncheon to follow. The family will gather privately at Cataraqui Cemetery for the Service of Committal. In lieu of flowers, Margaret requested donations be made to the following charities; Edith Rankin Memorial United Church (sound system), The Owl Foundation (Vineland Station, Ontario), or Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre.

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  • Mike Houghton

    July 4, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    So sad to see the passing of an old friend, Art Burgess. Art and I were teenagers together in Shilo in the mid 50s. I count Art as one of my serious motivators to follow him two years later into the Military College system. We contacted each other a few years ago and our conversation was if we had seen each other the day before. My sincere condolences to Art’s family.

  • Bruce McGibbon. 5413 RMC Class of '62

    July 6, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Art was a great friend of mine at CMR, RMC and later in Victoria, BC where he moved following retirement. He was a fine outstanding gentleman in all respects. We belonged to different professional groups in Victoria, BC including the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers, where he made major contributions to medical research with UVic. I will greatly miss him, and am deeply saddened by his untimely passing. May he rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family. Bruce