Longtime host George Burg retires among friends and family
Host George Burg shows off his Pride and Joy (one of his oldest jokes) for the well-wishers who came to say goodbye at his retirement farewell reception.
On October 23 staff at Loma Linda University and LLU Medical Center took some time off to wish George Burg, longtime host and face of Loma Linda University Medical Center, a happy retirement at a farewell reception held in the Schuman Pavilion.
“I can’t think of a better honor than to pray for a close friend,” said Jim Greek, MDiv, director of chaplains’ services, before offering a special thanksgiving and dedication prayer for Mr. Burg. Even in the midst of the emotional farewells, Mr. Burg never lost his sense of humor.
“I feel so tight with everyone here,” began Mr. Burg when he had everyone’s attention. “I feel so close, I wonder if it would be all right if I gave everyone here just one kiss.” An awkward silence in the room soon turned to laughter as he reached under a table and started handing out Hershey’s chocolate kisses to those present.
Throughout the course of the reception Mr. Burg delighted the crowd with his numerous jokes, showing off his Pride and Joy (one of his oldest jokes), telling about the guitar he made, and using his Tide string magic trick.
W. Augustus Cheatham, MSW, vice president of public affairs, welcomed those gathered at the beginning of the reception and was one of the first to thank Mr. Burg for his outstanding work throughout the years. Ruthita Fike, MA, CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center, later honored Mr. Burg with a plaque officially recognizing his 29 years of service to Loma Linda University Medical Center, greeting and welcoming people from all over the world. Known affectionately as Mr. Loma Linda, George Burg will definitely be missed as he enters a well-earned and deserved retirement.
By Preston Clarke Smith
Ruthita Fike, MA, CEO of LLUMC, gives George Burg a hug after presenting him with a plaque in honor of his 29 years of service greeting and welcoming patients to the Medical Center.
Jim Greek, MDiv, director of chaplains’ services, offers a special prayer of thanksgiving and dedication for George Burg, known affectionately around campus as Mr. Loma Linda.