University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

John Burchard Dies at Home

January 20, 2004

It is with great sadness that the Psychology Dept. notes the sudden passing of one of its most senior faculty, John Burchard. John died in his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 18 after a short bout with congestive heart failure.

Though he had been slowed in the past few years by hip surgery, John continued to work full-time with his graduate students, and was actively involved in two research projects involving Wrap-Around services , as well as taking over for James Rosen as one of the co-instructors for Introductory Psychology.

John arrived at John Dewey Hall in 1970, and worked diligently to improve the lives of those with cognitive, emotional, or behavioral disabilities through his research and hands-on approach. Many of his former students, both undergraduate and graduate, have made a lasting, positive influence on society through programs John helped to inspire and design.

John also made many formal and informal contributions to the community. He served a term as Commissioner of The Vermont Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services, and instituted programs for children, refugees and other underserved populations which still are models to be followed. He, and Sara, were recently honored by The Kids On the Block, Vermont, a national organization that enlightens children on the issues of disability awareness, medical-educational differences, and social concerns, and their contributions to the community were noted in The Congressional Record.

A Memorial Service for John will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 1:00 pm at the First Congregational Church, 38 S. Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT. Immediately thereafter, there will be a community gathering with time and place yet to be determined.

If you would like to extend a note of condolence, please send it to the Psychology Department, and we will pass it on to Sara and their children.

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