Henry Burkhardt MD Obituary
April 13, 1918 - December 10, 2015
Born in Detroit, MI
Resided in South Hadley, MA
Henry was born and raised in Detroit, MI, where he attended college and medical school at Wayne University, selecting pediatrics as his specialty. He married Ruth Reynolds of Holyoke in 1943. After his WWII service as a Lt. Commander in the Navy Medical Corps, they relocated to South Hadley in 1947, where he established his medical practice. He was called back into active duty during the Korean War, resuming civilian life in 1954.
He was a longtime member of the Second (now United) Congregational Church of Holyoke, serving as deacon and board member for many years, and continued his involvement with the Holyoke Rotary Club well into his 90s. He was active in numerous organizations, serving terms as president of the Hampden District Medical Society, and as Chief of Staff of the Holyoke Hospital; he also served for many years at the Providence Hospital. His volunteer activities were recognized in the numerous awards he received from such organizations as the American Cancer Society, the YMCA, and the Providence Ministries for the Needy.
In addition to his professional and volunteer activities, Henry was an avid sailor and amateur astronomer, and an expert photographer. He and Ruth traveled extensively, sometimes chartering and piloting a sailing yacht in the Bahamas, or chasing down a total solar eclipse in some unexplored corner of the globe. He was full of energy, always on the go, and always seeking out that next great adventure.
He will be deeply missed by his two sons, William (and wife Susan) of Cumberland RI, and Robert (and wife Patricia) of Sudbury, MA along with his three grandsons, John Burkhardt (and wife Elizabeth) of Arlington, MA, Mark Burkhardt of San Jose, CA and David Burkhardt of Somerville, MA. He also leaves behind three great grandchildren, Jeremy, Claire and Iain. He was predeceased in 2005 by Ruth after 62 years of marriage, and by their oldest son, Henry Burkhardt III, in 2000.
Memorial donations in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society or The United Congregational Church, 300 Appleton St., Holyoke, MA 01040. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Beers & Story South Hadley Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit www.beersandstory.com for more information.
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