Remembering George

George M. Burditt

“All those years during the Burditt Luncheon he would tell us about our history and all the great leaders in this organization that helped to shape food and drug law in this country. All the while we knew that George was truly the greatest of them all”

Joseph Corby
AFDO Executive Director

Memorial Services

The family has scheduled a Memorial Service on Saturday, April 27th at 11:00AM at the Fourth Presbyterian Church (Michigan Avenue and Chestnut, 126 E Chestnut St, downtown Chicago). The obituary should appear shortly.  At that time we will know where to send flowers, donations, or cards.


George was a true gentleman and a joy to talk with, I will miss him!

March 21, 2013 9:58 AM
B. Graham

A giant of the food and drug bar. A mentor and role model for all. Most of all, a wonderful husband, father and human being. A great loss to all but he leaves us with nothing but wonderful memories.

March 21, 2013 10:18 AM
Rick Silverman

George was undoubtedly a Giant in the realm of Food and Drug Law. He was also an excellent teacher, historian, and great friend. He’s the only Defense Attorney to make me laugh in a Deposition. George’s sage advice has served AFDO well over they years and he will be greatly missed. I’m missing him already.

March 21, 2013 11:48 AM
Dennis Baker

Always thoughtful, a true gentleman, a passionate advocate for his clients, and a friend for more than 40 years. He had the vision to see the need and establish the AFDO Endowment Foundation twenty yeara ago, and will be our founding Trustee forever. I will miss his friendship and counsel.

March 21, 2013 4:52 PM
John Young

George was a true inspiration to everyone. He was the unofficial mascot of AFDO and will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

March 21, 2013 5:37 PM
Randy Young

It is hard to imagine AFDO without George – fortunately, legends such as he is will last forever.

March 22, 2013 11:29 AM
Joe Corby

He was all that and more.
We’ll all miss you George.

March 22, 2013 2:32 PM
Stan Hazan

George was a true gentleman, a wonderful teacher, a talented historian, and a great friend. His food and drug law talents are certainly legendary. In the words of one of my favorite musical artists, “Our lives change like the weather, but a legend never dies!” I will certainly miss George, but I am happy for the wonderful memories that he has left me.

April 04, 2013 5:41 PM
Doug Saunders

An amazing man with an amazing mind! He could incredibly cite case law and cases with names and clarity, like they were yesterday! Something I’ll never forget is his presentation at the FDA’s 100th Anniversary celebration in Chicago. He was one of many speakers, perhaps the most senior speaker too, and the only one to speak, most eloquently I add, without one note or slide! Truly a giant of a man – not only in stature, but in spirit, leadership, and love. There are so many who give thanks for knowing George and having him in their lives, associations, and clubs. I know for me, AFDO will not be the same. The significant number of these organizations and clubs that he supported makes it obvious how giving he was on many levels! I’m one of the fortunate ones- he was a great mentor and friend, not only to me, but my family in multiple ways. We too have great memories to remember him the rest of our lives – what fun we had with him and his family! And gosh, did he love his family! He’s missed in more ways than one.

April 05, 2013 2:00 PM
Cynthia Culmo

What an amazing legacy George Burditt had on the world of food safety and food policy. He will forever be remembered as a life-long leader with AFDO, and especially his vision with the AFDO Endowment Foundation.

June 09, 2013 8:49 AM
Michael Roberson