Tributes to Bill Burian

"Bill Burian was a dynamic health educator who inspired all of his faculty colleagues to achieve greater goals in their quest to improve health care for all of humanity. Health professionals will sorely miss his strong leadership and unfailing friendship. He was a dreamer who could implement his dreams."

—Diether H. Haenicke, President
Western Michigan University

"Bill Burian's spirit lives with all of us in everything that is positive. Each of us must use our talents and skills to make a difference and thereby keep the essence of Bill Burian alive."

—Peter A. Dual, Dean, 
College of Health and Human Services, 
San Diego State University

"Bill Burian was instrumental in establishing a number of programs that put the University on the cutting edge, programs that helped both the University and the community. We are at a loss on how to manage to find someone who can do all the things he has done for us. Beyond that, he just was a great person to know and to have him removed darkens the sky for all of us."

—George Dennison, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Western Michigan University

"Bill Burian facilitated the (consolidation) talks between Kalamazoo's two hospitals. There were times we thought the talks couldn't continue, but with the help of his leadership we looked to the future with a new creative perspective."

—Timothy Stack, President
Borgess Medical Center

"Bill Burian was an unwavering source of vision and leadership, which he combined with eternal optimism and perseverance."

—Judith Rayman, Executive Director
Southwest Michigan Health Coordinating Council

"What I gained from Bill Burian was insight into what leadership can do… that policy is reality… that systems work… and that people are the key to both."

—Patricia Gillepsie, Leadership Program Director
American Society of Allied Health Professions

"Bill Burian was a perpetual catalyst for creativity and growth in a multitude of community health and human services endeavors. Blending his professional expertise with his skillful art as a facilitator, he became the community's most talented natural resource in problem solving for the greatest common good for all citizens."

—Maury E. Reed
Kalamazoo