Bob Burke ’61, P’83

Bob Burke '61
Bob Burke comes from a Colby family. Daughter Kelly Burke Corwen '83, brother Edward J. Burke Jr. '60, Ed's wife, Betsy Perry Burke '61, and Ed and Betsy's son, Mark '86, are all Colby alums. Bob has stayed active with his alma mater throughout the decades in a multitude of ways, including as a Colby Fund volunteer, class president, alumni interviewer for admissions, and, from 1981 to 1987, as a trustee. He received a Colby Brick Award in 1977, was named C Club Person of the Year in 1973, and was presented the Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award in 2001.

In June Bob will return to campus to celebrate his 50th reunion, and he plans to contribute to his class's 50th anniversary gift effort via a donation from his IRA.

"I believe that the IRA rollover gift option is an excellent way to make a gift to Colby and not have to pay taxes on the amount you withdraw from your IRA. I took advantage of this in 2009 for my gift to Colby and plan to do so again in 2011 for a special gift to Colby for my 50th reunion," Bob said.

"I have always felt that Colby prepared me to be successful in the business world. ... In my fundraising calls to classmates, I ask them to think of the positive learning and life experiences that Colby provided them during four of the most important years of their lives," said Bob, who is retired senior managing director of human resources at Putnam Investments.

In 1990 Bob and his brother, Ed, created the Edward J. Burke Sr. Scholarship Fund in memory of their father. After Ed's death in April 2006, Bob augmented the fund and changed its name to the Edward J. Burke Sr. and Edward J. Burke Jr. Scholarship Fund to honor his older brother. Bob recently made a provision for Colby in his will that will further augment the fund.

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Details about making an IRA rollover gift before 12/31/2011.
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