H. Peter Burg Memorial Garden

HPeterBurg2.jpgH. Peter Burg, ’68, ’70, lived a fascinating life of purpose, commitment, and impact. A native son of Akron, his love for community was evident throughout the choices of his life. Whether as a neighbor, a university student, or business and civic leader, Pete’s focus was always the betterment of his community and a dedication to assist those in need.

An astute businessman, Pete rose from a financial analyst trainee with Ohio Edison in 1968 to chairman and CEO of FirstEnergy Corporation. During his career with FirstEnergy he held several positions, serving as treasurer, senior vice president, and president. His distinguished service led to opportunities to serve the region.

Even as he shared his talents with the greater Akron community, Mr. Burg was especially generous to his alma mater, The University of Akron, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1968 and a Master of Business Administration in 1970. A member of several honors societies including Beta Gamma Sigma, he graduated from UA with honors.

An outstanding athlete, he earned an athletic sponsorship to play basketball for the Zips. The location of the H. Peter Burg Memorial Garden, adjacent to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and near the James A. Rhodes Arena, forever links his memory to the game he loved. HPeterBurg1.jpg

Pete’s commitment to the University extends well beyond his collegiate experience. He served on The University of Akron Foundation Board of Trustees and the Zip Athletic Club Advancement Council. His list of University honors includes the Alumni Honor Award, the Varsity “A” Achievement Award, and the Dr. Frank L. Simonetti Distinguished Business Alumni Award.

Pete passed away in 2004, and his wife Eileen carries on her husband’s outstanding commitment to service, to the benefit of generations of University of Akron students and the community. The H. Peter Burg Memorial Garden was named in honor of his commitment to UA.


Eileen Burg, '11 (Pictured - H. Peter Burg, ’68, ’70)

Benefits to campus

HPeterBurgStudents1.jpegThe H. Peter Burg Memorial Garden was designed as a sensory garden, composed of plants with specific smells, textures, and colors. It offers a scenic, calming place of reflection, symbolic of Mr. Burg’s enduring warmth and spirit.



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