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Burgin, Dr. Leonard A.[1]

Male 1927 - 2011  (84 years)


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  • Name Burgin, Leonard A.  [2, 3, 4
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 7 Feb 1927  Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1991  [2
    Medical Doctor 
    _UID BCC32E866A6848E7BD5E9E0BA9CEB8F71EB8 
    Died 12 Feb 2011  Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Walnut Hills Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I6212  My Family Tree | All Descendents of Abraham and Sarah Dunsky (I6345), Silverman/Dunsky Branch
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2016 

    Father Burgin, Samuel,   b. 1 Feb 1899, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1972, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Doll, Sylvia,   b. 26 Apr 1904, Sopotskin, Grodno, Belarus Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1995, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 29 Mar 1925  Hamilton County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F1373  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jaffee, June,   b. 8 May 1930, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 2016  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 31 May 1953  Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11, 12
    Children 
    +1. Burgin, Lester Jay
    +2. Burgin, Lynn Gail
     3. Burgin, Cynthia Rosa
     4. Burgin, Seth L.
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F2983  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Stay Well. Do Good Work. Keep in Touch. G-d Bless America. Shalom. These five phrases were spoken whenever departing— whether after a family get-together or at the end of a telephone conversation— by Dr. Leonard A. Burgin, who died on February 12, 2011, at the age of 84. These phrases were more than words, they were a motto of how Dr. Burgin lived his life and what made him so special to his family and friends.

      Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Burgin was the son of the late Sylvia and Sam Burgin. His parents had immigrated to the United States separately in 1920 and met in Cincinnati at an English-speaking class offered to immigrants.

      Graduating cum laude from Walnut Hills High School, Dr. Burgin continued his education at the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science. He was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society for first-year college students. Dr. Burgin then went on to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he graduated in 1950. He interned in Internal Medicine at Kings County Hospital in New York and later served as a Resident Physician at the former Cincinnati General Hospital.

      Leonard Burgin met June Jaffe while she was working at the University of Cincinnati Gastric Lab. They were married in 1953 and moved to Boston where he was a Resident Physician at Boston City Hospital. Next stop was a Fellowship in Hematology at Duke University Hospital, followed by a return to Boston where he worked with the world-renowned Hematologist, Dr. William Dameshek at Tufts University Hospital. This work influenced Dr. Burgin to specialize in Hematology and Internal Medicine.

      His study was interrupted by the Korean War when he was drafted in the Doctor's Draft and assigned to Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. Dr. Burgin served his country for two years as a Captain in the Medical Corps before returning to Cincinnati to start his medical practice.

      In his free time, Dr. Burgin enjoyed gardening, traveling, playing bridge, listening to the opera and spending time with family and friends. He was an avid reader of The American Israelite and was known to read the paper each week "cover to cover." He was also a longtime member of the Isaac M. Wise Temple and especially enjoyed celebrating the Jewish holidays with his family. In his own childhood he had a traditional upbringing where Yiddish was often heard in the house. He became a Bar Mitzvah and was well versed in Hebrew. Dr. Burgin enjoyed Shabbat dinners, and wearing his special yarmulke as he recited the Kiddush each Friday night. He enjoyed leading Seders and took his job seriously – including growing the horseradish for the Seder plate himself. And he was truly blessed to participate in the Bar and Bat Mitzvahs of all five of his grandchildren.

      Dr. Burgin volunteered at Jewish Family Service in their adoption program and served as a judge at the Walnut Hills High School Science Fair. He retired from private practice and immediately went back to work part-time at the Veteran's Hospital in Fort Thomas, Ky., before fully retiring in 2009.

      Reflections from Dr. Burgin's children: "Shalom is a unique word in that it means both hello and goodbye. It is a fitting end to a life's motto. While we say goodbye to a very special man, we also say hello as we welcome all he gave us throughout his lifetime. He is with us forever."

      Surviving relatives include his wife of 58 years, June Burgin; his children, Lynn (Stuart Goldstein) Burgin of Portland, Or., Lester (Margie) Burgin, Cynthia Burgin and Seth Burgin; his grandchildren, Andrew and Douglas Goldstein, Leah, Emma and Jay Burgin; his twin sister, Phyllis Burgin and his younger sister, Esther (Herbert) Rose of Sarasota, Fla.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Original Import into Legacy.

    2. [S15] abrahamdunskyrelationship.FTW (Reliability: 3).
      Date of Import: Jan 3, 2003

    3. [S264] U.S. Public Records Index, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007) (Reliability: 3).
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    4. [S857] Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati, jcemcin.org.

    5. [S1283] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2002;).

    6. [S264] U.S. Public Records Index, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007).

    7. [S330] Birthdatabase.com.

    8. [S1060] Obituary.

    9. [S385] Marriage Certificate.

    10. [S1060] Obituary, for Leonard (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S1065] Ohio County Marriages.

    12. [S1060] Obituary, for June (Reliability: 3).