Burgess Project Report #20

Dear members,

The founder of this project Michael Burgess is no longer with us. I met Michael back in 2004 when I joined the project. We got to know each other more when I re-designed and took over administration of this website. I always appreciated Michael's careful precision and the importance he gave to getting the facts right. Michael was a prolific writer and publisher and the DNA project was only one facet of this very talented man. I will endeavour to carry on the project and welcome input from all of our members. Over time I will re-work the website to increase its accessibility to newcomers and hopefully broaden the scope of our project.

I will miss you Michael. Below is a text sent to me by his family.




2-11-1948 to 11-20-2013

Michael Roy Burgess was born in Fukuoka, Japan on February 11, 1948. He was the son of career Air Force officer Roy Walter and Betty Burgess. He obtained his B.A. from Gonzaga University in 1969, and his M.S. from the University of Southern California in 1970. He joined the faculty at Cal State San Bernardino soon after. During this period he continued writing and editing books, often under the pseudonym of “Robert Reginald.”

In 1975 he began his own publishing company, The Borgo Press, with his wife, Mary. Borgo published 300 titles between 1976 and 1998, and as a writer and editor, he wrote more than 120 fiction and nonfiction books, 13,000 short pieces, and more than 1,500 volumes for other publishers.

Burgess retired after serving as Head of Collection of Development at the Pfau Library in June 2010, after serving for 40 years. Burgess is survived by his wife, Mary, of San Bernardino, a stepson, Richard Rogers, his stepdaughter, Louise Reynnells (Richard) of Maryland, 3 step-grandsons: Dustin Rogers of Colton, Russell Reynnells and Samuel Reynnells of Maryland, his mother, Betty Burgess of Oregon, and 3 brothers: Stephen (Kim) of California, Mark (Denise) of Oregon, Scott (Karen) of California, and 3 nieces and 1 nephew, all of Oregon. 

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