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John Richard Burke
United States Ambassador to Guyana
In office
September 30, 1977 – September 29, 1979
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byMax V. Krebs
Succeeded byGeorge B. Roberts Jr.
Personal details
Born(1924-12-07)December 7, 1924
Madison, Wisconsin, US
DiedAugust 7, 1993(1993-08-07) (aged 68)
Arlington, Virginia, US
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Spouse(s)Amelie Cecillion Burke
ResidenceArlington, Virginia
OccupationUnited States Ambassador

John Richard Burke (December 7, 1924 – August 7, 1993)[1] was a Foreign Service officer and the United States Ambassador to Guyana during the Jonestown Massacre.[2]

Born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1924, Burke was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II. He also served during the Korean War.[2]

After his Korean service, he earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Burke was the Ambassador to Guyana from September 30, 1977 to September 22, 1979.[3]

Burke died of a heart attack on August 7, 1993 at his home in Arlington, Virginia.[2] His ashes were interred at Arlington National Cemetery.[4]

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See also


  1. ^ United States Ambassador to Guyana Nomination of John R. Burke
  2. ^ a b c "John Burke, Ambassador, Dies". The Capital Times. August 12, 1993. p. 8. Retrieved June 11, 2019 – via open access
  3. ^ "Guyana" (List of Ambassadors to Suriname). United States Department of State. 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  4. ^ Burial Detail: Burke, John R. – ANC Explorer
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Max V. Krebs
United States Ambassador to Guyana
September 30, 1977 – September 22, 1979
Succeeded by
George B. Roberts, Jr.
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