"Cici had always been more than my boss. She was like a mother to me and had been my mentor and idol," said Ms. Thigpen. "I would not be where I am today had it not been for her. I even named my daughter after her and she is her godmother."
"She was always a very kind and caring person. She always wanted to help those in need," said Ms. Means.
A moment of silence was observed for Dr. Burgess during Tuesday night's city school board meeting.
Dr. Burgess was a world traveler and enjoyed collecting art from her travels.
"Her hobby was helping others and mentoring young ladies," said her daughter, Karma Burgess of Owings Mills. "Her work and her church were like hobbies and very important to her."
Dr. Burgess was an active member of Mount Pleasant Church and Ministry, 6000 Radecke Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
In addition to her daughter, Dr. Burgess is survived by her father, John W. Scott of Towson; her mother, Thelma Scott of Baltimore; and a grandson. Her marriage to Emerson Burgess ended in divorce.