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Dr. Matthew Patrick Burke

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Occupation Line AUGUSTA, Ga. - Dr. Matthew Patrick Burke, Major US Army, died on February 6, 2011 at The Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon. At the time of his passing, Matt was surrounded by his loving family and was in the dedicated care of his Army colleagues. Matthew was born to Dr. John and Andrea Burke on December 1, 1972 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Matt married the love of his life, Bonnie Jean Burlingame, on April 28, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia. Matt and Bonnie were blessed by the birth of their beloved daughter Anna Ryan on March 2, 2010. Matthew graduated from Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City in 1991. He next graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1995 with a major in physics and a concentration in pre-medical studies. Matt competed in collegiate crew and rowed at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts and the Henley Royal Regatta on Thames in Oxfordshire, England. Matt then moved to Dallas, Texas to work in a medical research laboratory until he was admitted into medical school in 1997. Matthew was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army on July 28, 1997 and entered the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Matt graduated as a Medical Doctor on May 19, 2001. Matt completed training rotations at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC; Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii; Children's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia; and Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon. Matt was a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and completed subspecialty fellowship training in total joint arthoplasty at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. Matthew was decorated for his service during a deployment to Al Asad Air Force Base in Iraq. He returned to Eisenhower Army Medical Center and was serving as the Chief of Adult Joint Reconstruction for the Orthopaedic Surgery Service at Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon. Matthew was a courageous athlete and an accomplished skier, rower, cyclist, and wakeboarder. He completed the RAGBRAI bicycle tour across the state of Iowa three times with his siblings; the final time joined also by his wife Bonnie. Matt had an extraordinary range of interests, hobbies, and friends. Matthew is survived by his wife Bonnie; eleven month-old daughter Anna Ryan; parents Dr. John and Andrea Burke of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister Erin, brothers Paul and Ted (Kim), and nephew Matthew John. Matt is also survived by his aunt Patricia Keane Kennedy (John) and uncles Paul Keane and Robert Keane, S.J. (Captain, USN). Matt is also survived by his parents-in-law Rod and Jean of Du Bois, Pennsylvania, and sister-in-law Katie (Joel). The Burke Family wishes to thank the medical team at MCG for its care of Matthew. The Burke Family also expresses its heartfelt thanks to the civilian and Army colleagues who cared for him at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. The Burke Family also wishes to acknowledge and thank Matt's many friends and Army colleagues for their support since October 2010. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 12th at 1:00 PM at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, 1420 Monte Sano, Augusta, Georgia 30904. Interment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery on March 30, 2011 at 9:00 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Anna Burke College Fund, 345 Frazier Avenue, Suite 203, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37405. Elliott Sons Funeral Home 4255 Columbia Road Martinez, GA 30907 (706)868-9637 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com The Augusta Chronicle-February 11, 2011

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