September 19, 2012

Jeanette Grider

Edward Burger, S.J. 1939-2012

Edward Burger, S.J., a former professor in the Department of History and member of the Jesuit community, died Monday, Sept. 17. He was 73.  

Edward Burger, S.J.

A Jesuit for nearly 55 years, Father Burger entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo., in August 1957. He completed a Licentiate in Philosophy at Saint Louis University and taught history at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo.

Father Burger completed his theology studies at Saint Louis University and was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1970, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

After ordination, Father Burger completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of California at Santa Barbara, specializing in the Renaissance and Reformation. He was a professor of history at Saint Louis University from 1975 to 1982 and at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1982 to 2005.

He enjoyed a good reputation as a teacher. Students found his classes interesting and appreciated his sense of humor. His dissertation, Erasmus and the Anabaptists, was published in 1977. In the mid-1980s, he completed a critical edition of Enchiridion super Apocalypsim by Joachim of Fiore, a Cistercian theologian of the 12th century.

For many years, while a professor at Saint Louis and Rockhurst Universities, Father Burger lived in the student dormitories, providing a pastoral presence to the students there.

After his retirement from Rockhurst in 2005, he joined the Ignatius House Jesuit Community in St. Louis. Throughout his time there, he engaged in pastoral work at skilled nursing facilities in the city.

Father Burger was preceded in death by his only sibling, Nancy Sue Burger. He donated his body to Saint Louis University Medical School.

Visitation will be held from 6:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Chapel of Our Lady at St. Francis Xavier College Church, followed by a Memorial Mass at 7 p.m.

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