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
Madison, Wisconsin
Died August 7, 1993
Arlington, Virginia
Spouse(s) Amelie Cecillion Burke
Residence Arlington, Virginia
Occupation United States Ambassador

John Richard Burke (1924–1993) 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.[1]

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.[2]

Burke died on 7 August 1993 at his home in Arlington, Virginia.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "John R. Burke, First Lieutenant". 2006-04-23. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  2. ^ "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.