Elmer Burger

Elmer Bernard Burger II

Monday, December 8th, 1947 - Sunday, December 22nd, 2019
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Elmer Bernard Burger II
December 8, 1947 – December 22, 2019

Surrounded by family, friends, and faith, Elmer entered the life eternal on Sunday, December 22, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Alice May Succop, his daughters Alissa and Meredith (David), his three sisters, Peggy (Dick), Babs (Bob), and Jane (Gary), his brother-in-law Gus (Beth) and 10 nieces and nephews. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Elmer and S. Margaret (Slosser) Burger.

Elmer attended Carnegie Mellon University (formerly Carnegie Tech) and received his BFA and BArch from the Rhode Island School of Design. He was employed as an architect for firms in Boston, Washington D.C., and Pittsburgh. He retired as the University Architect/Planner of Point Park University in 2018. Elmer served as President of AIA Pennsylvania in 2008, was involved with AIA Pittsburgh, Master Builders Association, and was often invited to be a guest critique at Carnegie Mellon University. His notable works include the Camp Kon-O-Kwee dining hall, PNC First Side, UPMC Hospital Palermo, the Masonic Temple in Pittsburgh, and the Cincinnatian Hotel. As Point Park University Architect, he oversaw the development of the Academic Village, which included the design of the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

He was a 30-year member of Southminster Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon, elder, and chaperone to many youth mission trips. He was involved with the renovation of the church to include the childcare center.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11:00 am at Southminster Church, 799 Washington Road, Pittsburgh PA 15228, where a reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15213), Rhode Island School of Design (2 College Street, Providence RI 02903), or Southminster Presbyterian Church (799 Washington, Pittsburgh PA 15228).

The family thanks the staff of Hillman Cancer Center and Shadyside Hospital for their compassionate care.

Elmer’s kindness, patience, smile, and enthusiasm for all things was well known to his family, friends, and colleagues. Elmer wanted everyone to know that he had a wonderful life. Please add tributes at
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 11:00am
    Southminster Presbyterian Church
    799 Washington Road
    PITTSBURGH, PA 15228
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11:00 am at Southminster Church, 799 Washington Road, Pittsburgh PA 15228, where a reception will follow.
    Rev. Jim Tinnemeyer
  • Interment

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    Interment will be private.
  • Reception

    Southminster Presbyterian Church
    799 Washington Road
    PITTSBURGH, PA 15228
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A reception will be held in fellowship hall immediately following the memorial service.


  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Presbyterian Church USA


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Lydia Balogh

Posted at 02:37pm
Alice May, I am so saddened by the loss of Elmer. Our world has a hole in it today. With deepest sympathy, Lydia

Daniel Rothschild

Posted at 11:56am
So saddened to hear of your loss. Elmer had a unique gift for obtaining such a healthy balance in his life between his faith, his family and his career. Our daughters were in the same youth group at Southminster and it was always heartwarming to see Elmer’s dedication to that young group and to the church. From a career standpoint, Elmer embodied the epitome of professionalism, skill, and warmth with a myriad of relationships and accomplishments throughout his life. Elmer set a high standard for us all.
Daniel Rothschild

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Posted at 10:55am
With deepest sympathy, Point Park University
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Pete Hric

Posted at 01:24pm
So sorry to learn of your loss to the Burger family and my good friend Elmer. Elmer and I were Mt Lebanon School Band Dad's which allowed us to enjoy a common activity; roller coasters. Elmer and I partnered together on two trips; one to Disney and the other Six Flags with the band. We had so much fun.... What a wonderful man to be friends with. We also played bocce at the Beadling Club for many years and called him the "The Hammer" of Bocce. A true friend personally and professionally and will be truely missed.

Chip Desmone

Posted at 10:38am
I am so sorry for your loss. The loss is also felt by the Pittsburgh architecture community where I served with Elmer for many years and greatly enjoyed his council and company and our somewhat regular happy hours! I will miss him dearly.
Chip Desmone, AIA

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