Dr. Catharine Moran Burke, 75, a native of Washington who had been active in the Florence Crittenton Circle, died of arteriosclerosis Oct. 29 at the Wisconsin Avenue Nursing home where she had lived for the past six years.

She was the widow of Dr. Stephen P. Burke, former dean of the graduate school at the University of West Virginia and then a dean at Columbia University. He died in 1947. Dr. Burke, who had earned bachelor's and master's degrees at George Washington University, met her husband while she was earning her doctoral degree in English at Columbia University. She also studied at the British Museum.

During their years in West Virginia in the 1930s, Dr. Burke was active in teaching programs for the underprivileged children of the Appalachian region.

Dr. Burke came to Washington in the late 1940s following the death of her husband. She taught underprivileged children in the Washington area for many years while with the Florence Crittenton Circle. She also was a member of the Washington Club.

She is survived by two sons, Stephen P. Jr., of New York City, and William, of Houston; a daughter, Joan Kennedy, of Sumner, Md.; three sisters, Mary Schuette, Helen Wadge, and Margaret Hudson, and a brother, James Moran, all of Washington, and eight grandchildren.