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In Memoriam: January 2012

Published: January 17, 2012

Professor Albie D. Burke died in his home on Christmas Eve after a three-year fight with cancer. He was 79 years old.

For 44 years, Burke taught United States Constitutional History at CSULB, where he founded the University Honors Program. For seven years he served as editor-in-chief of The History Teacher academic journal, and wrote dozens of book reviews.

Burke studied music at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, receiving a Masters of Music, before getting his Ph.D. in History at The University of Chicago. He continued his love for music by playing his piano daily. He also had a love for exercise and worked out at L.A. Fitness several days a week where he developed many friendships. He also was a committed runner and was seen running through his neighborhood community consistently for 30 years.

Burke was born in Pierce County, N.D., to Henry and Otelia Burke. He is survived by his daughters, Laura and Kristin, granddaughter Sasha, son-in-law David, and ex-wife and dear friend, Carolyn.

A memorial service for Burke was held on Jan. 7, in Hope Chapel at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Burke’s memory to: The Burke Scholars Program, c/o Department of History, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach CA 90840.

George Eric Massey, 92, of Ashland, Ore., died at home on Nov. 15. Born June 23, 1919 in New Rochelle, N.Y., Massey was outstanding scholastically and a student leader in high school. He attended Columbia University on a full scholarship. were he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude. He earned an M.A. degree in philosophy from Harvard University in 1947 and later pursued a doctorate at the University of Chicago. With all but his dissertation to finish, he left the University of Chicago to join then six-year-old CSULB, where he retired from 28 years later.

He contributed significantly to the development of the young university as department chair, and founder of the school’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, honors program and student advisory program. He retired as a full professor in the 1980s and in 1999 moved with his wife Barbara to Ashland, where he volunteered for Smart, a reading program, and was the coordinator for Meals on Wheels.

Massey’s greatest satisfaction, which he would declare to anyone who wanted to listen, was his family. Two of his daughters are professors in the University of California system, and the third is a gifted violinist/violist and painter who has played viola in the Britt Classical Festival.

Massey is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara; three daughters; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Anyone wishing to honor his memory can donate to Smart, 101 Market Street, Portland, Ore., 97201 or the Britt Classical Festival, 216 West Main Street, Medford, Ore., 97501.