I was also a student in his history class and then ran into him from time to time when I was in grad school at Cornell, where he used the library. He was a demanding and great teacher, always an inspiration, sometimes an iconoclast. Like Dan Carno, I was all for JFK. But, I also remember Mr. Burdick coming back from a campaign stop in Syracuse where he apparently got pretty close to the candidate. I remember that he took obvious pride in an Irishman running for Pres. and I can just about quote what he said to us in class after returning: "He's taller than I thought, about as tall as I am. And he's lost even less hair!"