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Robert L. Burdic Jr.

Robert L. Burdic Jr.

Former long time Ashland, Oregon resident Bob Burdic Jr. died July 5th, 2006 in an Aurora, Colorado hospice after a three year long battle with colon cancer at age 59.

Born on April 18th, 1947 in Van Nuys, CA to Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Burdic, DMD and was a 1965 graduate of Ashland High School. Shortly after graduation, Bob joined the U.S. Army where he spent 12 years serving his country beginning with training at the Army Security Agency training center in Ft. Devens, Mass and then requesting reassignment as a Combat Medic in Vietnam where he spent a year and a half in that conflict, 1968-1969. After Vietnam, Bob was reassigned as a medic for the ASA's 7th RRFS in Udorn, Thailand. This is where he met his wife to be, Vipha Thauhngdara. They were married in 1970 and had two sons.

Upon return stateside, Bob transferred to the Army's Department of Communicable Disease and Immunology at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, specializing in tropical diseases. Eventually, Bob decided to leave the military and pursue a civilian medical career. He graduated from Baylor University earning an associate's degree in Science and completed his training as a Physician's Assistant at Howard University in Washington D.C.. While his primary occupation was a Physician's Assistant both in private practice as well as for Kaiser Permanente, Bob's fascination for technology inspired him to obtain a degree in computer programming. This allowed him to transfer into Kaiser's Medical Operations System Analyst Department in Lakewood, CO where he remained until 2003, when the symptoms of his illness forced him into an involuntary early retirement.

Bob was preceded in death by his father Dr. Robert L. Burdic, and his brother Brian Burdic, both whom died in 1996. Survivors include his mother Estelle Burdic of Ashland; his wife Vipha Burdic; two sons Matthew and Samuel; one younger brother Douglas Burdic; and two grandchildren.