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Michael Burke

Clarksville, Maryland

1957 - 2019

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On Wednesday July 10, 2019, Dr. Michael G. Burke, loving husband to Missy Scoville Burke and father to three daughters, Tessa, Madigan and Natalie, passed away suddenly. Born in 1957, Michael grew up in Syracuse, New York with his parents John D. Burke and Margaret Burke and five siblings, Jack,...

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In my memory Dr. Burke will always serve as the kind of physician I aspire to be for patients, families, and colleagues. He was an amazing teacher and friend to so many Harriet Lane trainees. My prayers are with his family.

Dr Burke's most remarkable characteristic was his presence in the moment, he seemed able to give his complete attention to whomever he was speaking with. He made one feel, not just listened to, but HEARD. His love for emotional connection was palpable, which translated into true compassion. He will be sorely missed and has touched countless lives, offering an indelible presence in the future of anyone who spoke to him, for even just a moment.

The Burke Family lived in the neighborhood up the hill from St. Anns Parish where many other Catholic families lived in the 60s and 70s. Michael was an absolutely wonderful, kind boy growing up in a great family and part of a group of a countless number of us kids that played together in our neighborhood. The word that comes to mind when I think of him is gentle. When I heard of his sudden passing I was deeply saddened realizing the effect...

I met Dr. Burke over 13 years ago when I first started working at St. Agnes. I was always so impressed by his poise and grace during any difficult case but more importantly he patterned compassion, respect and wisdom when advocating for the families of Baltimore. He always asked about my family when we saw each other and I enjoyed hearing about his girls. The obvious love and pride he had for his family shown through with every word. Thank you Michael for being such an exemplary...

I am shocked and so saddened. I met Mike in high school in Syracuse, NY. I went to the Convent School and he attended Christian Brothers Academy. We met at one of our dances. He was the kindest and most respectful guy. He always had a smile on his face and a warm greeting. I moved to Maryland in the 90's and was working at St. Agnes. Colleagues told me there was a doctor from Syracuse I should connect with... Mike was there to welcome me with the same smile and warm greeting. To Missy and his...

Michael was the kindest and gentlest person. So smart and wise, he had a tremendous intellect that would wow his neighborhood friends like me. I remember looking over one of his middle school English papers and marveling at how many words I didn't know. Anyhow, it is such sad news to hear of his passing, but also comforting that he left such a legacy of love with all his family and friends.

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Michael's sudden passing--from earth to the embrace of our Lord. He was an amazing doctor, mentor, colleague and chairman, as well as a true gentleman, in every sense of the word. Always kind,never too busy for a quick greeting or chat, and so very proud of his family. I pray for Missy and "the girls", all three of whom I met on several Produce Galore trips.

Dr. Burke was an amazing pediatrician. His gentle way and kindness was admired and respected by all who knew him. I had the honor and privilege of working with him as the Nurse Manager of the Pediatric unit at Saint Agnes. Although he was quiet, he was a fierce advocate for his patients, the nursing staff and his residents. Heaven has truly gained an angel and he will be missed greatly. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends..

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Mike's sudden passing from this earth- and into God's embrace. It was a privilege to know this dear, kind, truly gentle man, who was never too busy to chat or ask about one's well- being. He was an outstanding doctor, teacher,and chairman, but most of all, an amazing human being and daddy. My prayers are with Missy and his 3 "girls", whom I met on several Produce Galore visits.