Sydney L. "Syd" Burgee, former vice president of operations at Union Memorial Hospital, died Friday of liver disease at his Bel Air home. He was 80.
The son of an accountant and a homemaker, Sydney Lanier Burgee was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton.
After graduating in 1951 from City College, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1955 from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.
He served with the Army in Alaska from 1955 to 1957. After being discharged and working in sales and in a pharmacy, he joined the staff of the old Hospital for the Women of Maryland in Bolton Hill.
Mr. Burgee later went to work at Union Memorial Hospital, where he was named director of the pharmacy in 1964.
When the hospital was planning a major expansion in the 1970s, Mr. Burgee returned to college and earned a master's degree in business from what is now Loyola University Maryland in 1977.
He was appointed vice president for operations, where he oversaw the installation of a materials management system, with additional responsibilities including the outpatient surgery center, MRI and CT scanners, and a new power plant.
Mr. Burgee retired in the late 1980s.
He had been president and a board member of the Maryland Association of Hospital Pharmacists. He was the first recipient of the organization's W. Arthur Purdum Memorial Award for his contributions to hospital pharmacy practice.
Mr. Burgee also served two terms on the executive committee of the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association. He later served on several committees of the Maryland Hospital Association.
He enjoyed working with his computer and reading.
"He liked keeping up with pharmaceutical matters," said his wife of 56 years, the former Jean Michetti
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at Schimunek Funeral Home, 610 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air.
Also surviving are a daughter, Linda Owen of Columbia; a brother, Richard A. Burgee of Bel Air; and two granddaughters.