The Passing of a Legend, Willian A. Burgess

William A. Burgess of Lincoln, Massachusetts, died on September 14. Beloved husband of the late Joyce Finkle Burgess. He is survived by his son, John A. Burgess and his wife, Nancy Adams, of Boston, Massachusetts; his daughter, Nora Burgess and her husband, Robert Liburdy, of Tiburon, California; his granddaughters, Rachel Burgess and Eleanor Burgess; and his great-grandchildren, David and William Hostetter and Veronica Sedlet.

William received his B.S. from Tufts University in 1945 as a graduate of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Center (NROTC) program and his M.S. in occupational health engineering from the Harvard University School of Arts and Sciences in 1951. He continued to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve, was called to active duty for three years during the Korean War and ultimately retired as a Commander in the Allied Science Branch of the Medical Service Corps, USNR.

After a decade working in private industry, he returned to the Harvard School of Public Health as an Associate Professor for over 40 years. During this time, he published two text books on occupational health hazards that were widely used in industry. His book on respiratory protection and ventilation was also widely adopted to control health hazards in industry. He was recognized by his professional colleagues with a number of awards for his contributions to the field.

In addition to these awards, he was given the 2013 Professor Emeritus Award of Merit by the Harvard School of Public Health and was named an Honorary Fire Chief by the City of Boston. Along with the time he spent as devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and as a teacher, and mentor, he pursued a wide and ever-evolving range of interests, including furniture restoration, wooden boat building, lobstering, model railroading, drawing and sketching, and playing the harmonica.

NEAIHA First-Ever Virtual Meeting was a Success!!!

Thank you to everyone who attended our first zoom technical meeting and a special thanks to our presenters and vendor sponsor listed below:

  • Stephen Gauthier, CMFS from Gauthier Safety Consultant presented on Metalworking Fluids, Impact on Health and Safety.
  • Lynne Santos, PE from Trinity Consultants presented on Modeling Air Toxins Compared to IH Thresholds.
  • Stephen Larson, MS, CIH, CSP from AIHA & ACGIH presented on Why There are no Exposure Limits for Infectious Biological Agents.
  • Joel Myerson from Safety Inc. presented on numerous products and services provided by the company.

We also announced the winners of the 2020 Robert Weker Memorial Scholarships. Congratulations to Brendan Ettridge and Benjamin Delikat!!!

    Upcoming Meetings

      • TBD - Virtual Meeting via Zoom

      We need speakers for upcoming technical meetings and possible all-day event, if you or someone you know are interested in presenting on a topic focused in Public Health, Industrial Hygiene or Safety & Health, please email us at with your name, organization, and description of the presentation. Each presentation will be given approximately 50 minutes.