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John Patrick Burke

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John Patrick BURKE 1943 ~ 2008 Born in Idaho, John grew up in Riverside, CA. He earned his BA with honors at UC Riverside and his PhD in Philosophy at UCSD. While a student he was very active in the anti-war movement. John was a Phil. faculty member at the UW and at UPS. Later he was the Director of Student Services in the Dept. of Econ at UW until his retirement in 2000. In addition to his academic career, John was an avid fisherman. After retiring, he became very active in the NW Orchid Society, serving on the board. A serious scholar who also loved to have fun, John will be missed by his family and many friends. John is survived by his parents Gerald and Mary Burke of Paso Robles, CA; a sister Mary Riggs of Newbury Park, CA, a sister Teresa Burke of Atascadero, CA, and a brother, Michael Burke of Amherst, MA; his former wife Vivienne Burke of Rockville, MD; his current wife Deborah Prince of Seattle; sons Thomas Burke of Washington DC and David Burke of Signal Mountain, TN; 5 grandchildren and 6 nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brother Robert Burke of Riverside, CA. A celebration of John's life will be held in the Music Room of the University of Washington Club on the UW campus beginning at 3:30 p.m. on January 26.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2009
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