John R. Burke

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John Richard Burke
United States Ambassador, Guyana
In office
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
In office
1979 – Unknown
Constituency United States Department of State
Personal details
Born (1924-12-07)December 7, 1924
Madison, Wisconsin
Died August 7, 1993(1993-08-07) (aged 68)
Arlington, Virginia
Spouse(s) Amelie Cecillion Burke
Residence Arlington, Virginia
Occupation United 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.

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 on August 7, 1993 at his home in Arlington, Virginia.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United States Ambassador to Guyana Nomination of John R. Burke
  2. ^ a b "John R. Burke, First Lieutenant". 2006-04-23. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Guyana" (List of Ambassadors to Suriname). United States Department of State. 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Max V. Krebs
United States Ambassador to Guyana
30 September 1977 – 22 September 1979
Succeeded by
George B. Roberts, Jr.