Glen Burke

Glen D. Burke

President and General Manager at Laundry

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Lay Leader - First United Methodist Church


bachelor's degree - journalism , Oklahoma State University


Liaison - Federal Communications Commission

Board Member - Durant Industrial Foundation

President - Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters

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Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Association Announces Recipients of Hall of Fame And Distinguished Alumni Awards

Glen Burke, Larry Burton, Robert Wright and Daniel York, who will be honored posthumously. Since his 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. After his 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 hired Glen 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.

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