, Larry Burton, Robert Wright and Daniel York, who will be honored posthumously.
graduation from the Oklahoma Military Academy Junior College
in 1953, Glen D. Burke
has made his
mark on the world through a progression of service to his
nation, state and community. After leaving OMA, Burke attended Oklahoma State University, where he graduated in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.He
then was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Armor Branch of the United States Army
and assigned to the Armor Basic Course at Fort Knox.
Subsequent military assignments include: Unit Tank Commander, Infantry Platoon Leader, BCT Company
Commander, various positions on Battalion and Brigade staffs, and Battalion Commander.During these years he
completed the Advanced Officer Course, Intelligence School
and the Command and General Staff school.
active duty tenure, Burke
remained in the Army Reserve until 1992, when he
retired with the rank of Colonel.
Burke's professional broadcasting career began in 1956 in Cushing, Okla., as an account executive.Moving to Durant, Okla., in 1958, he
assumed the duties of assistant station manager of radio station KSEO.In 1968, Glen was named station manager, a position held until 1983 when he was promoted to president and general manager of the Durant Broadcasting Corporation.
In 1988, the Durant Chamber of Commerce
as their executive vice president, where he
was instrumental in the developing the city's quality of life including improvements in the city's infrastructure through sales tax elections, assisting in the passage of a major bond issue for Bryan County Memorial Hospital
, General Obligation Bond issues, School Board issues and many others. Upon leaving the Chamber of Commerce position in 1989, Glen served as public relations and marketing representative for Beneficial Personnel Services in Durant.He remained there until an opportunity came to open Comet Cleaners and Laundry, where he served as president and general manager from 1992 to 1993 when he was able to retire.
Throughout the years, Glen
has devoted much of his
personal time to civic activities.He has served on the Durant Industrial Foundation's Board of Directors, as secretary of the Durant Industrial Authority, Ambassador and Board member for the Durant Chamber of Commerce, president of the Durant Lions Club, and Board member to the Bryan County United Way. During his tenure in the broadcast media he was president of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters in 1975, served as FCC liaison for the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, and served on the Board of Directors and other important committees of the OAB. Glen
enjoys photography and acting.He also serves as a Lay Leader for the First United Methodist Church in Durant.He and his wife, Sue, have also become active in a Prison Ministry, working with inmates in church services and Bible studies, at a nearby prison facility.