MARION M. BURSON

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BURSON MARION MARCELLUS BURSON A thirty-three year veteran of Capitol Hill, first as an AP reporter and then as a senior Congressional aide, died on April 1, 2014 at the age of 98. A native of Litchfield, Illinois, Mr. Burson was the son of Elbert E. and Mary McElligott Burson, publishers of the Litchfield News-Herald. He graduated from Litchfield Community High School and attended the University of Illinois and Loyola University of Chicago. He began his reporting career with the Decatur (Illinois) Herald and Review and then spent eight years with the Chicago bureau of the Associated Press. In 1951, he took a position with the Associated Press in Washington, primarily covering the Illinois, Indiana and Michigan Congressional delegations. After covering Congressional affairs for six years for AP, Mr. Burson served as Administrative Assistant to the late Rep. Peter F. Mack, Jr., a Democrat from Carlinville, Illinois, from 1957 to 1962. A self-professed history buff, Mr. Burson assisted in the planning of the 1959 commemoration of the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. After Mack's defeat in a reapportioned district, he served for ten years as Republican staff assistant on the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee. In 1973, he became the top aide to the late Rep. George O'Brien of Joliet, Illinois, serving in that position until his retire- ment in 1984. During his career on Capitol Hill, he built a reputation for his problem-solving ability and wise counsel. He was also a valued mentor to many. "When I was a young man, Marion gave me wise advise at a critical time," said Robert Cox, retired chairman of the law firm of Baker and McKenzie. The devoted husband to the former Helen Therese Egan, his wife of 62 years, and father of six, Mr. Burson lived most of his adult life in Arlington, Virginia, where he was active in his church and in other volunteer activities. In declining health, he moved with his wife to a retirement community in Evanston, Illinois in 2011. He is survived by his wife, six children, John (Erica), Bob (Sara), Bill, Bert (Renee Soulliard), Mary (John) Lawlor and Tom, and nine grandchildren. A visitation will be held at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd., at Old Orchard Rd. Skokie, Illinois, 60077 on Friday, April 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Wilmette, on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Health Care, Inc., 1220 12th St. SE, Ste. 120, Washington, DC, or Arlington Free Clinic, 2921 S. 11th Street, Arlington, VA 22204. Info: 847/675-1990 or www.donnellanfuneral.com A visitation will be held at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd., at Old Orchard Rd. Skokie, Illinois, 60077 on Friday, April 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Wilmette, on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Health Care, Inc., 1220 12th St. SE, Ste. 120, Washington, DC, or Arlington Free Clinic, 2921 S. 11th Street, Arlington, VA 22204. Info: 847/675-1990 or www.donnellanfuneral.com

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10045 SKOKIE BLVD. SKOKIE, IL 60077
(847) 675-1990
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Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 8, 2014
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