January 9, 1940 – July 25, 2010
Frank M. Burke, Jr., loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on July 24, 2010. Mr. Burke was born in Tyler, Texas on Jan. 9, 1940. He attended Texas Tech University, where he received a BBA (1960) and an MBA (1962), and Southern Methodist University, where he received a JD (1965). Mr. Burke served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1957 through 1963. His lifelong commitment to these institutions was recognized through numerous awards, including his designation as a Centennial Alumnus of Texas Tech University and the establishment of the The Frank M. Burke Chair in Taxation at Texas Tech University in 1982. From 1960 through 1984, Mr. Burke was associated with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG), an international firm of certified public accountants, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors and head of the international energy practice. Throughout his career, Mr. Burke was active in the federal income tax practice. He was involved in tax reform legislation, particularly in the oil and gas industry, and in the creation of the limited liability company concept. Since 1984, Mr. Burke had served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Managing General Partner of Burke, Mayborn Company, Ltd., a private investment company located in Dallas, Texas. In this capacity, Mr. Burke also provided strategic financial and real estate consulting to selected individuals and entities. Mr. Burke wrote over 100 articles published in financial, legal, and accounting journals; authored and co-authored several books on taxation, corporate governance and other business subjects; and made over 600 presentations to business and professional groups throughout the world. Mr. Burke served on the boards of directors of more than 25 public and private companies, including as a current director of Arch Coal, Inc. and Formation Metals, Inc. Mr. Burke was an active philanthropist, who involved himself in numerous educational, charitable and other nonprofit activities, including the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn Foundation, The University of Texas at Tyler Educational Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. In recent years, Mr. Burke split his time between his East Texas farm (Pop’s Pond), Colorado and his Dallas home. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, following the Texas Rangers and continued his active involvement in business and community endeavors. Mr. Burke is survived by his wife, Betsy, daughter, Caroline, sons Tyler and Todd, stepdaughters, Meg Bassett and Melissa Fordyce, and 14 grandchildren, Ty, David, Annie, John, Porter, Lissie, Shelby, Campbell, Charlie, Caroline, Ellie, Brynn, Abby and Sam. A family memorial service will be held. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice or to the Frank M. and Betsy P. Burke Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, Texas 75225.
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August 17, 2010
Dear Betsy and other family members,
I join you in grieving over the loss of this amazing man. I came to know Frank in our relationship with the Mayborn Foundation and the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. I met him in 1999. I miss his phone calls, his messages and talking with him. I wish so much to hear his voice on my phone once again. I will never forget him and all he did for me personally and for his help in achieving the naming and gifting of the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute and the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. I know you are going through a difficult time. I will continue praying for God's grace and comfort as you mourn our Frank.
August 7, 2010
Dearest Betsy, Meg, Caroline and family,
We are in Oregon and sadly received the tragic news of your loss of Frank. You will be on our hearts and minds each and every day during this saddest of times.
June and Peter
August 6, 2010
I extend my deepest sympathies to Frank's family. I played for Frank on his Little League Baseball team in the early fifties. He was a great guy.
August 6, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
July 30, 2010
Betsy and Family,
We are shocked and saddened to hear of your tragic loss. We pray that God will strengthen you during this difficult time.
Kay and Dave Gerard
July 29, 2010
To all of Frank's family we are sorry for your loss. Mac has some great memories he shared with Frank. May your memories give you strength during this difficult time. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Mac & Ruth McKinnon
July 29, 2010
I offer the Burke family my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one and pray that the "God of all comfort" will see you through" this difficult time.
Steve & Pamela Perkins
July 29, 2010
Betsy & Family,
Our hearts ache for you. We extend to you our deepest sympathy and have you in our thoughts and prayers. May God's grace settle upon you all and bring you peace.