Laurence Hull Burd, 68, a former newspaper reporter and editor in the Washington bureaus of the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, and a retired computer analyst with the Federal Reserve Board, died of a heart ailment May 20 at Suburban Hospital.
Mr. Burd, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1936, then joined the Chicago Tribune as a financial reporter. He came here in 1942 as a reporter with the Tribune's Washington bureau and covered federal agencies and both houses of Congress. As the Tribune's White House correspondent between 1947 and 1963, he covered Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy.
In 1963, he became the Washington news editor for the Los Angeles Times. He retired from the newspaper business in 1967. Then he became a computer analyst with the Federal Reserve Board, where he worked until he retired in 1981.
Mr. Burd was a past president of the White House Correspondents Association and a member of Bethesda Methodist Church. He was also an enthusiastic golfer and bridge player.
Survivors include his wife, Mary June, of Bethesda; a daughter, Sally Sullivan of Yakima, Wash.; three sons, Laurence Jr. and David, both of Bethesda, and Stephen, of Jefferson, Md.; two sisters, Evelyn Kreamer of Kansas City, and Katherine McKenna of Sun City, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.