Condolences for Rabel James Burdge

Brian Schuler posted on 7/15/22

Rabel modeled humility, kindness and love. He always seemed to be in good spirits. Never grumbling about personal ailments or circumstances and always putting his concern for others before that of himself. I always left my conversations and interactions with him feeling better than before and I believe that was his intent and representative of his character. He cared deeply about others and demonstrating that was a priority in his life. He provided a great example of how to live and will be missed.


Tom Beckley posted on 7/7/22

Rabel was a giant in our field of natural resource sociology. He was a leader and an innovator. He started so many great things in our profession, any one of which would have been enough to claim a successful career. Most importantly, however, was Rabel's kindness and nurturing spirit to grad students and younger scholars like myself. He always had a kind word of encouragement. He always wanted to hear what new work you were up to. He also always wanted to sell you a ISSRM T-Shirt or other swag, and you gladly bought them to prolong your interaction with him and honor his service to our profession. He will certainly be missed but his legacy will live on in his students, colleagues and ideas for many decades to come.


Char Christensen posted on 7/7/22

Joyce and family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Rabel. Jim and I valued your friendship at University of Illinois as Jim worked with Rabel on many projects. Living in Columbus, Ohio for 40 years now is how we learned of his death today. We remember being at your home with Rabel’s 3 daughters of fun and joy to everyone. We will always remember his unique spirit, curiosity and love of education and family. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this very difficult time. Always keep his great memories alive as we will too. Sincerely, Char and Jim Christensen


Karen Peloquin posted on 7/6/22

Dear Jill and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and hope this time of remembrance of your beloved dad will be one of the most beautiful memories. My deepest condolences. Karen


Yvette posted on 7/5/22

Rabel was such a kind, generous, and fun uncle. I have wonderful memories of skiing with him and of our unforgettable Chilkoot Trail adventure. I will miss him very much. Praying for all those grieving his passing, especially for his family.