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Robert Graham "Bob" Bursey
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Birth: Sep. 18, 1941
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 1, 2012
Virginia, USA

From the Adams-Green Funeral Home:
Dr. Robert Graham Bursey of Herndon, Virginia died on Wednesday, February 1 at Sibley Memorial Hospital of advanced prostate cancer. Dr. Bursey was born on September 18, 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts to Arthur Herbert Bursey and Doris Hazel Bursey. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology, then received his BS in Biology and Chemistry from North Georgia College, his Masters in Human Anatomy from the Medical College of Georgia, and his PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from Clemson University. Dr. Bursey began his career as a faculty member at North Georgia College and Clemson University before assuming a position managing the Nutrition, Toxicology, and Health Program at Kraft Foods. He later joined the National Dairy Board as Senior Vice President of their Nutrition and Dairy Foods Research Program. His most recent position was president of Ajinimoto Corporate Services LLC in Washington DC. Dr. Bursey also held leadership positions in worldwide industry associations such as the Calorie Control Council, Toxicology Forum, Glutamate Association, CODEX, IFT, and FEMA. Throughout the years, Dr. Bursey authored numerous articles in scientific journals and was an expert in regulatory and scientific affairs of the food industry.
Bob and his wife, Betty Johns Bursey, would have celebrated 50 years of marriage later this year. He enjoyed close relationships with his daughters and sons-in-law Heather and Frank Lopane, and Tara and Phil Cooksey. He derived special joy from his four grandsons; Matthew Lopane (21), Andrew Lopane (19), Sam Lopane (17) and Graham Cooksey (3). During rare moments away from the office, he enjoyed cheering on the Clemson Tigers, outdoor activities, travel, wine and good food - especially vanilla milkshakes.


September 18, 1941 - February 1, 2012

Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of Robert Graham "Bob" Bursey on February 1, 2012. Beloved husband of nearly 50 years of Betty Johns Bursey; dear father of Heather Lopane and Tara Cooksey; father-in-law of Frank Lopane and Phil Cooksey; treasured grandfather "Papa Bob" of Matthew Lopane, Andrew Lopane, Sam Lopane and Graham Cooksey. Also survived by brother, Arthur H. Bursey, Jr.; many nieces and nephews.
Please join us in a celebration of his life on Sunday, February 5 at Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon, Virginia at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Prostate Cancer Foundation or Jill's House (McLean Bible Church).

Published in The Washington Post on February 4, 2012

From Guest Book
February 06, 2012
I will so miss you Uncle Bob. You were my favorite uncle. I will never forget your smile and that twinkle you always seemed to have in your eyes. I only wish that I could have known you longer. One of my favorite memories will be at the lake last summer on the jet ski. I felt like I was riding a bucking bull! I love you. Hey, If you see my Grandmothers tell them I said "hello!: ;)
Cindy Johns,

Published: February 15 in The Washington Post

Robert G. Bursey, 70, a nutritional biochemist who led a Washington office of Ajinomoto, a Japanese manufacturer of processed foods, seasonings and other goods, died Feb. 1 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District.

The Herndon resident had prostate cancer, said his daughter Tara Cooksey.

Dr. Bursey was semi-retired as president of Ajinomoto Corporate Services, which provided regulatory, scientific and intellectual property support for Ajinomoto operations in North America. He had worked for the company for about 15 years.

Dr. Bursey had previously worked for the National Dairy Board as senior vice president of its nutrition and dairy foods research program, as well as for Kraft Foods, where he did nutrition research and product development.

Dr. Bursey also held leadership positions with professional organizations including the Institute of Food Technologists and published numerous articles in scientific journals.

Robert Graham Bursey was born in Boston, Mass.

He received a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from what is now North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Ga., in 1965. He received a master's degree in human anatomy from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in 1967 and a doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., in 1973.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Betty Johns Bursey of Herndon; two daughters, Heather Lopane of Charlotte, N.C., and Tara Cooksey of the District; a brother; and four grandsons.
February 04, 2012
We are truly sorry for your loss. May the Father of tender mercies help you to cope and endure these difficult days.
The Jones Family,

Released by the company that he worked for - Ajinomto Group

We would like to express our deepest sorrow over the passing of Dr. Robert G. Bursey, former President of Ajinomoto Corporate Services LLC (Washington DC).

Dr. Bursey joined Ajinomoto group 15 years ago, after already distinguished career in the US food industry. Until October 2011, Dr. Bursey was instrumental in managing regulatory and scientific issues in North America and supervising several critical projects that enabled placement of our products on the market.

Over years, Dr. Bursey has proactively interacted with the Tokyo head-office on diverse regulatory and scientific issues in the field of sweeteners, enzymes, amino acids and food additives and helped to strengthen the global character of Ajinomoto regulatory and scientific affairs. Dr. Bursey's first scientific article was published 37 years ago (Am. J. Vet. Res. 1975 36(6):795-798) and his last article, in which defended the safety of Ajinomoto product, was published as recently as September 2011 (Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2011 94(3):958-960).

Dr. Bursey also held various prominent positions in industry associations in the USA and worldwide, such as the Glutamate Association, Toxicology Forum, FEMA, IFT, and the Calorie Control Council. Until the last moments, Dr. Bursey has mentored our experts and remained deeply involved with emerging food issues.

I am expressing my respect and gratitude to Dr. Robert G. Bursey for his contributions and deepest condolences to his wife Betty and daughters Heather and Tara. May he rest in peace.


Condolence From: Cassandra Smith
Betty, you will always miss him, but he fought the good fight. God bless you and your family. Cassandra

Condolence From: Gilbert Leveille
Bob Bursey was a good friend over many years. I considered him not only a friend but a colleague who could always be conted on. His death comes as a total surprise - he will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
To his children, while I never knew you, I assure you that your Dad was a well known and well liked colleague to many of us. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Know that your father will be remembered in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence From: Joe O'Donnell
Peace be with you Bob. You made the world a healthier place through your work. Deepest sympathy for the family.
Family links: 
  Arthur Herbert Bursey (1908 - 1991)
  Doris H Butt Bursey (1915 - 2006)
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Created by: Sharon Lavash Hawkins
Record added: Feb 17, 2012
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