UT Wordmark Primary UT Wordmark Formal Shield Texas UT News Camera Chevron Close Search Copy Link Download File Hamburger Menu Time Stamp Open in browser Load More Pull quote Cloudy and windy Cloudy Partly Cloudy Rain and snow Rain Showers Snow Sunny Thunderstorms Wind and Rain Windy Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter email alert map calendar bullhorn

UT News

#WeWalkWithBurd Says Farewell to a Beloved Professor

Journalism students paid tribute to retiring professor Gene Burd by joining him on his daily 2.5-mile walk to campus, sharing moving stories and thank-yous along the way.

Two color orange horizontal divider
Journalism professor Gene Burd on #WeWalkWithBurd

Crossing the Congress Avenue bridge with Burd. [This and UT home page photo: Maria Roque] 

Every day for the past 42 years Gene Burd walked 2.5 miles from his home to The University of Texas at Austin campus to teach journalism. He retired on Thursday, May 1, and students joined him on the walk for a final farewell.

The journey had its own hashtag these are journalists, after all and what followed was a moving collection of tributes, memories, quotes and thank-you’s for a man who dedicated his career to help others launch their own.

(Related: Read a profile of Gene Burd and his work in the Department of Journalism.)