Longtime Forest Grove resident George W. Burlingham died Monday at the age of 79.

Burlingham graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1953 and Stanford University in 1957 with a bachelor’s in economics. After serving in the U.S. Army he returned to Forest Grove, where he rose to the top of his family’s grass seed business, E.F. Burlingham and Sons.

He held leadership positions at Valley National Bank, the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce, the Forest Grove Rotary Club and the Forest Grove Planning Commission.

Burlingham was also a trustee for Pacific University from 1988 to 2012.

The four-story Burlingham Hall, located at Main Street and Universtiy Avenue, is named after him.

At the Forest Grove City Council meeting Monday night, Mayor Pete Truax held a moment of silence for Burlingham.

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