Tribute to Dr. Gerald “Bummy” Burstein

Tribute to Dr. Gerald “Bummy” Burstein

Yesterday, August 31, 2018, Deaf community have lost one of our very own. One of prominent leaders and a trailblazer, Dr. Gerald “Bummy” Burstein, had passed away at the age of 91.

Burstein accumulated accolades and leadership roles throughout life, including a masters in the Leadership Training Program at California State University, Northridge, and teaching at Minnesota School for the Deaf for 15 years, and CSDR for 37 years before retiring from administration in 2002 after a 52 year career in the field of education. Burstein’s worked with organizations for the deaf and helped establish California’s statewide phone-relay service in 1987, the first in the U.S. During his retirement years, Bummy remained a staunch supporter of education for Deaf children and youth.

Parliamentary procedure — rules for running meetings — is another passion. Burstein taught it through books, a video and workshops, and had a string of honors from parliamentarian groups in addition to his laurels for teaching the deaf.

“I met him when I was young student at Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, when I was the President of Jr.NAD (Junior National Association of the Deaf). I was learning parliamentary procedure, especially the workshop that he had given. He had inspired me to lead, and he also had inspired me to give back to the community. He will be sorely missed.” – President Wilson

Bummy had inspired generations of Deaf leaders and advocates. It is our commitment to ensure Bummy’s legacy lives on.

May he rest in peace and may his legacy lives on.