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Robert B. and Vera Ann Prince Burger Endowed Scholarship

Ann was born on June 6, 1931, and was raised in Price, Utah. After graduating from high school she went to the University of Utah, receiving high marks in all of her classes. Ann had four sisters and five brothers, all of whom put themselves through college.

Upon graduation, she went to Cornell University in New York for post-graduate work, then returned to do her nurse’s training at LDS Hospital, where she graduated as a registered nurse. While there, Ann filled out a card indicating that in case of a national emergency, she would serve as a nurse in the Army.

When World War II broke out in 1941, she received a draft notice, but she disregarded it because she didn’t want to go. After receiving a second notice, she also got a phone call from the Army stating that if transportation was a problem, they would send a staff car. Ann got on a train and traveled to San Francisco and joined the Army.

Ann’s first assignment was to travel with wounded soldiers brought to the west coast. She would accompany them by train back east, and then from New York, she would meet another group back to the west coast. Eventually, she became a commander supervising other nurses. She later served under General Patton in Needles, California. General Patton knew Ann personally and would always ask for Lieutenant Prince (Ann’s maiden name). Ann received many letters of commendation.

Ann received an honorable discharge from the Army in December of 1945. She immediately went into private duty nursing, where she remained until she retired in 1977. She was a surgical nurse.

Ann met Robert Burger in 1952 in San Francisco while she was caring for his mother. They were married July 1953 in Las Vegas. Bob later joined the LDS Church, and in 1964, they were sealed in the Los Angeles Temple. The Burgers had no children of their own.

Bob and Ann enjoyed a long and happy life together. They were devoted to each other and enjoyed traveling all over the world. She loved to host parties and cook and enjoyed taking meals to sick. She also loved to serve people through nursing. Years ago, when the Church was involved in the Indian Student Placement Program, Ann would get up early in the morning to assist in checking the arriving Indian students and giving them shots.

Of all of Ann’s accomplishments here on earth, the most important has been her love and denotation to her husband and her faithfulness to the Church. Ann truly loved the Lord.

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