In Memoriam

Dr. C. Eric Walburgh

(1945-2015)

from Dr. Burt Harris

Eric Walburgh, MD, MBA, FACS, FAAP, died on September 29, 2015 in Clayton, Georgia, of injuries sustained when he was struck by a falling tree during a recreational motorcycle trip. 

Eric was born in 1945, grew up in upstate New York, was graduated from Brown University in 1967 with a degree in classics, received the MD from the State University of New York in Syracuse, was a resident in surgery at Eastern Virginia University, and trained in pediatric surgery at the Montreal Children’s Hospital with Harvey Beardmore. Following service as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, he joined the staff of the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters and became chief of the department of surgery. During his service in Norfolk, he operated on the first baby conceived by in vitro fertilization.  After 13 years in Virginia, in 1994 he accepted a new appointment at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, and became the founding Chief of Surgery of the new Mission Children’s Hospital, a position he held at the time of his death. His contributions to the City of Asheville and the Children’s Hospital are beyond measure; he was a skilled and respected surgeon dedicated to the hospital and his patients.   

Eric was a big, warm, sweet guy, blessed with wisdom, courage and a zest for life. Rare among people of his tenure and accomplishments, he was genuinely admired by everyone in the hospital and many close personal friends. Beside his gifts of good health to generations of children, his passions were his best friend and loving wife Regie, their three rescued standard poodles, motorcycles, sailboats and the peaceful woods and mountains of western North Carolina. Eric had a full life, well-lived, and spent his last 40 years doing what he loved. 

Funeral arrangements were private. A memorial service was held at the hospital on October 15, attended by hundreds. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ashevillemortuaryservices.com