I want to contribute to a strong future for students in the College of ACES. My career was greatly influenced by my University of Illinois education, leadership experiences, and opportunities on campus. Giving back to the Turner Hall Project is one way I can show my support for our future leaders.
Co-chair of the Turner Hall Project committee, 1964 Agricultural Sciences graduate
Flying, driving and Skyping from four states, Mike and Cara Hardinger, Bill Kirk, Jerry Brookhart and wife Mary, Mark and Becky Baxa, Harold Reetz, Barb Schumacher, Sue Gray and Larry Hageman shared stories of how this dedicated teacher and his wife shaped their careers and impacted their lives. As Burger would say, we “painted the barn red!”
Being a part of the ACES family doesn’t end with graduation or even with retirement. Several former students of beloved agronomy professor, Dr. A.W. “Tom” Burger, collaborate on a fundraising initiative to support the renovation of a Turner Hall classroom in honor of Burger and his wife Phyllis. A teacher for 33 years, Burger had a deep love for his students and family.
He taught Introductory Agronomy to more than 6,000 undergraduates. While advisor to the Field and Furrow, this agronomy club had an unrivaled success, winning the honor of “Best Agronomy Club” in the United States for 15 years. Many recall his standard phrase, “Keep Smiling”.
Burger passed away on Feb. 15, 2013. To honor his high standards, frank guidance, and passion for excellence, we invite you to contribute to the Turner Hall Project in his memory.
Thanks to several lead gifts, we have raised more than $170,000 towards the $200,000 goal to name a classroom in his honor in Turner Hall. Your gift will help us reach our goal!