Robert Lauman Burke

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Burke, Robert Lauman, passed away peacefully in his home in Fort Lauderdale on April 29, 2013. He was born on March 31, 1937 to Lauman and Myrtle, and grew up in Bayfield, WI enjoying the delights of living in the small resort town on Lake Superior. He was an avid skier and taught his wife and children the fine points of the sport he loved. He also lived in Ovid, Michigan with his father and stepmother, Evelyn. After serving in the Air Force for four years, he attended Michigan State University from which he graduated with a BS in Psychology. Then he moved east to Massachusetts where he met his wife, Anna Mae Walsh, in the basement of a church which neither attended and they married in 1968. Robert, Jr. and Ann were born while he attended Harvard University from which he received his doctorate degree in 1972, simultaneously being an administrator at Chamberlain College in Boston. Florida's sun and surf called, and he accepted an administrative position at Nova Southeastern University. Later he was an administrator at Barry University where he worked for 22 years and was given the title of Professor Emeritis at his retirement. He was a renaissance man. He loved surfing, judo (a brown belt while in Okinawa), painting, for which he earned scholarships as a child, and antique cars. The proud owner of a 1936 and a 1956 Bentley, he once traded a Model T Ford for a gull-wing electric car. He could fix anything, including the cars, and he loved dancing with his wife. He was a writer with many technical articles and seven books, including "CAISourcebook", which was published in English, French, and Spanish. He was instrumental in bringing technology into the field of education on a national level. But most of all he was a gentle man, unassuming in spite of his brilliance, funny, and dearly loved by his family, students, and those who really knew him. His doctoral students begged him not to retire. He was a great story teller, and with his wife, wrote "Small Town Boy", a collection of stories about his growing up years which was published shortly before his death. We shall always remember you, Bob. He is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Anna Mae, his son, Robert, his daughter-in-law, Kelly, his daughter, Ann, his son-in-law, Mark Spalding, and four grandchildren, Savannah, Chad, Brady, and Blake. Visitation will be on May 2 and May 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Baird-Case Jordan-Fannin Funeral Home, 4343 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4595 Bayview Drive, Fort Lauderdale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38108.

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Published in Sun-Sentinel on May 2, 2013
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