In Memory

Mary Doreen Burke

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10/02/15 02:21 PM #1    

Sherry Nisewaner (Rogers)

Doreen Burke was one of my absolute favorite people in high school.  She lived up the street from me and was a regular in my potluck group.  I remember her as being imaginative, creative and an absolute original who was also taken with the British Invasion.  Once, and this may have been in junior high, a bunch of us girls went to the Chesapeake in her family stationwagon, driven so erratically by her father, it felt like he was purposefully trying to make us all sick.  Once at the cabin, many of us got stung by jellyfish in the Bay (and no, not having taken Mr. Steele's physics class, we were unaware of the power of urine to ease the pain of the nettles.)  

I lost track of Doreen after high school.  Fast forward to 1983 or so, I was at a party in Los Angeles when, bizarrely, I ran into Jeannie Dougherty (B-CC '67) who had been one of Doreen's best friends.  The first thing I said after "I know you!" was to ask about Doreen and sadly, to learn that she had been killed stepping off a curb in Europe, looking the wrong way for on-coming cars.

Such a loss.  She would have gone on to do great things, whether simply as a loving parent or in other ways that let her creativity soar.  God bless you, Doreen.

06/03/16 09:59 PM #2    

Susan Spielman (Austin)

What a trip down memory lane. I remember a beautiful blue checked Mary Quant dress that Doreen wore...her grandmother made it for her...lots of pot luck dinners! I'm so sorry that she didn't have the chance to grow old(er) along with us.

This is amazing. I can't remember what I had for lunch but so many images from 50 years ago are as fresh as ever!!

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