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In memoriam: Arthur Burgess, author and renowned medical imaging researcher

04 August 2017

Art Burgess with Bob Wagner | Image Courtesy of Kyle Myers
Art Burgess (left) with Bob Wagner at a Newport Beach
picnic, an early SPIE Medical Imaging tradition.
Photo credit: Kyle Myers

SPIE Member Arthur Burgess, former professor in the radiology departments of both the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Harvard Medical School, died 18 June 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 77 years old.

Art, as he was known to friends and colleagues, graduated from the Royal Military College in 1962. He received his Masters from Queen's University and his PhD at the University of British Columbia, where he began his career. He would later move to Boston, Massachusetts and spend 10 years at Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women's Hospital) where he taught and conducted research in the Department of Radiology as Associate Professor.

Burgess, a former Member of SPIE, was active in the SPIE community, particularly in the early years of the SPIE Medical Imaging conference, where he regularly presented his research. SPIE Fellow Kyle Myers shared that, "SPIE Medical Imaging was an annual reunion for Art and his many colleagues, who looked forward to Art's annual presentations of his latest research findings!" She added that, "Art was a giant in the field of medical image perception. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know him personally and professionally."

Art is survived by his daughter Sarah Burgess (Warren) of Vancouver, his brother Reagh (Jackie) Burgess of Calgary, and his extended family of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. A celebration of his life will be held 7 October 2017 on Prince Edward Island, where he was born.

For more information:

• See the Vancouver Sun obituary