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POQUOSON - Joseph Burlock passed away on May 14, 2011, at the Kateri Residence Nursing Home in New York City. Mr. Burlock was born April 1, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Samuel and Ida Friedman Burlock.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 69 years, Frances Berman Burlock; his son, Carl Linwood Burlock; his daughter, Alice Burlock Riegel; and his sister, Zelda Burlock Schisel.
He is survived by his children, Anne Burlock Lawver and Herbert D. Kleber of New York, Adam G. Burlock and Julie E. Burlock of Oregon and Irene H. Burlock and Joseph J. Holicky III of Richmond; as well as six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mr. Burlock received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brooklyn College and moved to the Virginia Peninsula to work for the Army Signal Corp at Langley Field during World War II. He was involved in the development of the new field of radar technology. After the war, he worked for NACA, the predecessor of NASA. Mr. Burlock was largely self-taught in the fields of engineering and physics and was sent by NASA for further training to the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey. He retired after 30 years with NASA, having worked in fields of instrument research, plasma physics, and advanced propulsion systems for the budding space exploration program.
After retirement, Mr. Burlock pursued his first love, the Humanities, studying and obtaining a Master's degree in History from the University of Richmond in the early 1970's. In later years he attended graduate classes at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Mr. Burlock was an independent scholar who research and wrote on the subject of the history of technology.
During the 60 years he and Frances lived in Poquoson, Mr. Burlock was a member of the volunteer Fire Department. For a time he was an avid jogger and martial arts student. He was a self-taught craftsman and hand-built and addition to their house for the growing family as well as many other improvement projects. Mr. Burlock was an active member and past-president of the Torch Club of Hampton Roads. His good humor, great scholarship and philosophical outlook on life will be greatly missed.
Mr. Burlock will be laid to rest at graveside service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2011, officiated by Rabbi Norman Golner, in the Jewish Cemetery of Virginia Peninsula, 1817 Kecoughtan Rd., Hampton, VA 23661.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make donations to the Building Fund, B'nai Israel Synagogue, 3116 Kecoughtan Rd., Hampton, VA 23661 or to a charity of their choice.
Arrangements are being made by Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from May 16 to May 17, 2011
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