George Anderton Burke, 69, the president of Julian T. Burke Inc., a family-owned insurance business in Alexandria, died April 4 of pulmonary complications at Circle Terrace Hospital in Alexandria.
Mr. Burke, a fourth-generation Alexandrian and a lifelong resident of that city, was a graduate of Episcopal High School and attended the University of Virginia. During World War II he was a bomber pilot in the Army Air Forces and flew more than 30 missions over the Pacific.
He worked at the family-owned insurance business, founded by his father and grandfather in 1928, for all his working life. Mr. Burke was president of the VaDC Mutual Insurance Agents Association, a former member of the agents advisory board of Montgomery Mutual Insurance Co., and a life member of the Fire Mark Society.
He was a member of the board of directors of the Alexandria chapter of the American Red Cross, a founding member of the Alexandria Junior Chamber of Commerce, a former chairman of the Alexandria Electoral Board and a member of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club and the American Legion. He also was a member of the Belle Haven and Farmington country clubs and a founding member of the Alexandria Assembly.
Mr. Burke's marriage to the former Lorraine Littlefield ended in divorce.
He is is survived by his wife, Polly Norment Burke, of Alexandria; three children of his second marriage, Marney Burke Cooney of Washington, and Clarence Norment Burke and Julian Thompson Burke II, both of Alexandria; two sons of his first marriage, George Anderton Burke Jr. of Montreal, and Michael Graham Ashmead Burke of New York City; two brothers, retired Navy Rear Adm. Julian Thompson Burke Jr. and David Moncrief Burke, both of Alexandria, and one grandson.