George Burnell, M.D.

George M. Burnell, M.D. passed away peacefully on May 1, 2022. He was 92 years old.

Dr. Burnell was born March 17, 1930, in Lyon, France and grew up there until he immigrated to the United States at the age of 20. He served in the USAF (MC) as a Captain and was a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, NY and the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco, CA.

While living in California, he completed his medical residency at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. His psychiatric work and rotation took place at UC San Francisco. Throughout his career, he served in many capacities as a psychiatrist: Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry, Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii.

Dr. Burnell spent the bulk of his career with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA and Honolulu, HI where he served as Chief of Psychiatry at both locations.

Dr. Burnell had other pursuits – he is the author of many medical articles, fiction and non fiction books, from end-of-life challenges and bereavement to health, diet, and most notably, his riveting memoir of growing up in Nazi-occupied France.

Dr. Burnell loved his family, chess, writing, tennis, cats, and traveling. He is survived by his son David Burnell (Susan), grandson Kevin, granddaughter Katelynn, stepdaughter Robin Anawalt (Art) and stepson, Greg Anawalt. He is preceded in death by his wife, Adrienne Burnell; daughter, Cynthia Burnell; and stepson, Eric Anawalt.

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