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John J. Burchenal

AGE: 92 • Wilmington

John J. Burchenal, consummate family man and former public relations manager for the DuPont Company, died August 30. Jack was 92.

His interest in community affairs started in his hometown of Glendale, Ohio, where he was elected a councilman in the town of Glendale at age 26. He joined DuPont in 1955 and for the next 20 years worked to study and improve the DuPont Company's relationship with the community in a turbulent period. Jack was appointed the company's first community relations manager in 1971.

He loved history and the arts. He was a board member of the Delaware Historical Society and the Delaware Art Museum and chaired searches for both institutions in the 1980's.

He served the United Way of Delaware for 25 years. He was president of Opportunity Center, Inc., a Delaware workshop for the handicapped, and a board member for 20 years. He was a board member of Goodwill Industries of Delaware, a member of the Task Force on Police-Community Relations of Wilmington, and the Steering Committee of the Greater Wilmington Development Council.

In 1974, he became a corporate contributions manager for DuPont. A member of the Contributions Council of the Conference Board from 1974-1984, he was elected Vice Chairman in 1984 and conducted seminars on community relations for the Board, American Management Association, American Bankers Association, Independent Sector, and numerous college groups.

Before joining DuPont, Jack was legislative correspondent for the United Press in Columbus, Ohio, and then worked for the Perth Amboy Evening News. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943-1945 and was recalled to active service from 1951-1952. He served for 17 years as Chairman of the Board of the Cambridge Tile Mfg. Co. in Cincinnati. He was a member of the class of 1945 at Princeton and received a law degree from the University of Cincinnati Law School in 1949.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Susan Starr, and six children: Peggy of Newton, MA; Sarah of Park City, UT; Ellen of Baltimore, MD; John Jr. of Summit N.J.; Mary of Boston, MA; Moey of Cape Elizabeth, ME; ten grandchildren; and a sister, Marg Baylor, of New Canaan, CT.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Christiana Hundred on Monday, September 14, 2015, at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Historical Society at 505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 (http://www.dehis ) or to the Great Parks of Hamilton County at 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231 (www.greatparksfounda ).

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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8, 2015
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