William Burger ’67

7 May 1991

Class: 1967

Major: Mathematics

Deceased: March 23, 1991

To this day I remember Bill Burger for his wonderful, off-beat sense of humor and for his method of constructing words & expressions that sounded almost legitimate — such as “of corpse!”, or “incrediboggle!”  Those expressions were heard so often from me around Chez Forsberg that both of my sons occasionally use them.

And, I still have the original photo (used in the Algol for the school year 1966-67) of Bill dressed to the teeth (including male garter belts for his black dress socks, white shirt, rep tie & dark blue sport coat), but minus trousers!

I never forget that when J S Bach’s birthday anniversary on arrives 21 March that the anniversary of Bill’s much-too-early demise is but 2 days thereafter.

Roger Forsberg ’67

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In retirement Janet & I are moving from Juneau by stages back to Corvallis where I’ve joined the Good Samaritan church choir–it pushes me a lot musically and I enjoy it. They remember Bill Burger more than a decade after his death, particularly for his oboe. I remember him for his ready wit in the dorms and his command of Dylan lyrics. He’s there in their columbarium. This is not really the ideal way to be reacquainted with classmates in retirement but bittersweet as it is, it’s gladdening.

– Bill Smoker (May 23, 2012)

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  • 2016-10-28 14:42:54
    Roger Forsberg

    To this day I remember Bill Burger for his wonderful, off-beat sense of humor and for his method of constructing words & expressions that sounded almost legitimate -- such as "of corpse!", or "incrediboggle!"  Those expressions were heard so often from me around Chez Forsberg that both of my sons occasionally use them.

    And, I still have the original photo (used in the Algol for the school year 1966-67) of Bill dressed to the teeth (including male garter belts for his black dress socks, white shirt, rep tie & dark blue sport coat), but minus trousers!

    I never forget that when J S Bach's birthday anniversary on arrives 21 March that the anniversary of Bill's much-too-early demise is but 2 days thereafter. 

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