John L. Burke ’46

BURKE, John L., age 93, of Richmond, was born April 23, 1923 and died October 20, 2016. Mr. Burke is survived by his wife of 70 years, Carolyn; his sons, Dr. T. Michael Burke and Kevin E. Burke; his daughter, Catherine Harrington; as well as his son-in-law, Daniel Harrington; and his daughter-in-law, Melissa Burke; his sister, Roberta Burpee; his grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Harrington, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Burke and Allison Burke; his great-grandchildren, Jack, Claire and Colin Burke. Mr. Burke was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Leo Power Burke and Lillian D. Burke. His brother, Lt. Thomas Burke, was killed in action in World War II and was awarded the Silver Star for Bravery.

During World War II, Mr. Burke served with the U.S. Ranger Battalion, landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, H-Hour, and fought across France, Belgium and Germany. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, French Croix de Guerre Medal, European Theater with three clusters, Combat Infantry Badge, and the French Legion of Honor Medal. He graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. degree and was a member of the Varsity Baseball Team. Mr. Burke retired from A.H. Robins in 1987 after 35 years of service. He was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Products Division. He was also a member of the Country Club of Virginia.