Dr. Charles Burdsal passes away at 77

Dr. Charles Burdsal, community psychology Ph.D. coordinator and professor of psychology, passed away on Sept. 10, 2021, in Wichita. He was 77 years old and still actively teaching classes at Wichita State University. Burdsal was born in 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved to Texas in the 1950s. He earned a bachelor of arts and doctorate from Texas Tech University.

He began teaching at Wichita State in 1972. During the almost 50 years of service to the university, Burdsal worked as department chair in psychology and helped establish the doctoral programs for the department. He was also in charge of the Social Science Research Lab. He loved gardening, traveling, and photography.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Thaddie Burdsal. Charlie is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jeanne Burdsal; stepdaughter, Kristin Morgan (Craig); granddaughter, Kaitlyn Watson.