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Marshall School of Medicine alumnus establishes scholarship

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Kimberly A. Burgess, a 1992 graduate of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has created a scholarship at the school in memory of her father, Clyde Albert Burgess, M.D.

The Clyde Albert Burgess, M.D. Scholarship will be awarded to a medical student who is a resident of southern West Virginia and has a strong desire to practice medicine in the state. The first recipient will receive $1,000 annually for four years, pending normal academic progress. Each recipient afterward will receive an allocation based on the endowment’s performance.

Clyde Burgess worked as a janitor while taking college courses before enlisting in the military and completing his pre-medical training. In 1961, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. He then practiced medicine in Berkeley Springs, Philippi and Clarksburg, W.Va., as well as Ashland, Ky.

He also served in the U.S. Army in Alaska and Kentucky. His medical career spanned 40 years before he retired to Pocahontas County, W.Va. Clyde Burgess died in 2013.

Kim Burgess practices medicine at Jackson General Hospital in Ripley and also serves as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Operations for the West Virginia National Guard.

Date Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014