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BURSTEIN, Harvey A longtime Wellesley resident who has been living in Dedham, on Monday, June 6th, 2016. Mr. Burstein was born January 3, 1923, in St. Louis, MO, grew up in Omaha, NE. He attended Creighton University and its School of Law, graduating in 1948 following World War II Army service in the United States, and with the 9th Armored Division in Europe. He, admitted to the practice of law in Nebraska, Massachusetts, New York, and before the Federal Courts, was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Associations. Mr. Burstein was employed in a clerical position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1941-42, and the summer of 1948, before being appointed a special agent and serving in that capacity until 1953. While with the FBI he received four letters of commendation. Mr. Burstein left the FBI to accept an appointment as Chief, Foreign and Domestic Investigations, Surveys, and Physical Security for the US Department of State, where he remained until 1954. From 1954 until 1979 Mr. Burstein practiced law or was a security management consultant or corporate director of security for a number of Fortune 500 companies. In 1957, while serving as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's security officer, he organized, trained, and managed MIT's first Campus Police Department. From 1979 until his 1990 retirement he was the Corporate Director of Safety/Security and a Staff Attorney for Data General Corporation. He then joined the College of Criminal Justice faculty at Northeastern University as the David B. Schulman Professor of Security on a full-time basis teaching courses on security and investigations. In 2005 he was designated Professor Emeritus but he continued to teach until June, 2007. Mr. Burstein was the author of eleven books and many articles on various aspects of security, security management, and investigations. He coauthored Violence and Security on Campus with James Alan Fox. In 1972-73 he had a dual faculty appointment at Fordham University's College of Liberal Arts and Graduate School of Business Administration and he also was an Arbitrator, Small Claims Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York. From time to time Mr. Burstein also was a visiting faculty member at Indiana University, Cornell University, and Babson College. He was a past president of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, from which he received both its Council Key, for service to the fraternity, and a Big Pi award in recognition of his professional achievements. Mr. Burstein was a member of the Board of Overseers for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and a longtime member of the Boston Bar Association, Temple Israel, American Judicature Society, ASIS International, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, and Masonic Order. He was a past Chief of Staff, Department of Massachusetts-Jewish War Veterans of the United States and a one-time member of its National Americanism Commission. Over the years he had been listed in "Who's Who in the East," "Who's Who in Commerce and Industry," "Who's Who in American Law," and "Who's Who in America." Mr. Burstein's wife of almost 46 years, Ina, died in 1993. He is survived by his niece, Martha Zackin, dear friend, Tracie Edwards, and niece and great nephew, Faith and Bradford Luck, and cousins. Graveside services at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon on Wednesday, June 8 at 10:45am. Shiva will be private. Contributions in his memory can be made to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Wellesley Centers for Women, the Pi Lambda Phi Educational Foundation, or a .

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Published in The Boston Globe on June 7, 2016
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