Aural and Gordon Burdick celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on July 30.
The Burdicks, who live at the Fifth Avenue Retirement Center in Sequim, will celebrate with family members at a family dinner at Cedarbrook Lavender & Herb Farm.
Aural Eloise Mathiesen and Jesse Gordon Burdick were married July 30, 1939, in Loma Linda, Calif.
She was a registered nurse working at the hospital there and he was a second-year medical student. Dr. Burdick graduated from Loma Linda Medical School in 1941. After his internship in Tennessee, they moved to Michigan where he was a family physician for eight years.
He subsequently was medical director of Ethyl Corporation for 30 years, then a toxicology consultant for 10 years. He retired in 1989.
Mrs. Burdick worked as a hospital and private duty nurse sporadically, but her main occupation was as a full-time homemaker and mother.
The Burdicks have three children, Dwight Burdick, M.D., of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who works as coordinator of health services for the Al-Said royal family; Bruce Burdick, J.D., of Alton, Ill., a patent attorney; and Penny Burdick of Sequim, a house-call holistic family physician; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
The Burdicks moved to Sequim in spring 2006.
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