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Dr. Raymond Kenneth Burkhard

Dr. Raymond Kenneth Burkhard Raymond Kenneth Burkhard of Manhattan, KS, passed away July 28, 2018, at Mennonite Friendship Community, in South Hutchinson, Kansas. He was 93 years old.

Ken was born August 6, 1924, in Tempe, Arizona, to Samuel and Elsie Byler Burkhard. It was there he attended public schools and Arizona State College. In 1942, he interrupted his college studies to enlist in the US Army (USAAF). He completed meteorology training and served as a weather forecaster until 1946. He left the service as a 1st lieutenant.

After discharge, he resumed studies at Arizona State. During this time, he met the love of his life, Maxine Tucker, while both were playing tuba in the marching band. He received the BA in Education with a major in Chemistry in 1947, and obtained the PhD in Chemistry from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, in 1950. During this time, Ken and Maxine married on September 15, 1948. They moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where he then joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University in 1950, and transferred to the Department of Biochemistry upon its creation in 1960.

Above all, he loved teaching undergraduate students, and was devoted to their success, especially encouraging young women to consider a major in science. As one of his students commented, "He was a teacher's teacher." He was the recipient of many teaching awards at KSU, including outstanding teacher from Gamma Sigma Delta, and the William L. Stamey teaching award. In addition to these, he was awarded the KSU Graduate Faculty Lectureship, and was a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, and Phi Kappa Phi. He served on numerous departmental, college and university committees and was a member of the KSU Faculty Senate for many years.

He taught graduate level courses, and directed research of graduate level students. He maintained a modest research program that focused on chemical carcinogenesis. Later he focused on mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation and microcalorimetry research, furthered by sabbaticals at the Institute for Enzyme Research at the University of Wisconsin, and at Yale University respectively.

He continued his love of music by playing French horn and tuba for over 50 years with the Manhattan Municipal Band. He sang with the choir at the First United Methodist Church, where he was an active member for 68 years, serving as a trustee, co-sponsoring MYF with Maxine, and teaching 9th grade Sunday School as well. He enjoyed woodworking and photography, developing pictures in his darkroom.

Upon retiring from KSU, he devoted time to Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, serving as a trustee and a member of its governing board for many years. This was Maxine's passion: supporting young musicians with scholarships, giving them an opportunity to further their education. He faithfully supported her in this endeavor, most recently underwriting "Die Fledermaus” this past July, in her memory. He and Maxine loved KSU football and traveled to many bowl games in support of the Cats. He also delivered Meals on Wheels for over 20 years.

Ken was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Maxine, and a daughter, Deborah Gum. He is survived by three daughters, Lynda Kraus of Lubbock, TX, Vicki Nurre and her husband, Patrick, of Bothell, WA, and Kathy Lansdowne and her husband, David, of Hutchinson, KS; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Merton Burkhard of Woodland Hills, CA. He was loved by many, but especially by his family, and will be greatly missed.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 22nd, at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, with Reverend Troy Bowers officiating.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kansas State University Foundation for the Burkhard Science Teaching Scholarship. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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