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George E. Burdick II

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George E.
    Burdick II, 84
     KENNEBUNK - George E. Burdick II, 84, of Ridgewood Circle, died Thursday, March 16, 2006 at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
     He was born in Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill., on March 30, 1921, the son of George Enos and Mary Ethyl Saunders Burdick. From 1935 to 1939; he attended the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla.
     In 1940 he graduated from the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. He attended both MIT and Boston University. At MIT he was president of the MIT Rocket Research Society; he graduated from BU in 1948 with a BS degree.
     He served his country faithfully in the US Army as a Technical Sergeant during World War II in the Pacific theater.
     From 1949 until 2003, he was employed at Baldwin Lima Hamilton and the Hudson Combing Company, taught Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University, and was self-employed as a Professional Engineer. In 1969 he founded Hudson Institute, a four-year liberal arts college in Hudson, Mass.
     George was a longtime member and former curator and trustee of the Seashore Trolley Museum, and belonged to numerous other rail and steamship organizations. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hudson, MA and St. David's here in Kennebunk.
     He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lindsey; a son, George; his daughters, Carrie and Margaret; and his grandson, Timothy; and step-grandchildren, Jessica, Jasmine, and Joshua.
     Visiting hours will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 22 at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. the same day at St. David's Church, Kennebunk. Interment will be at the Alfred Rural Cemetery in Alfred, N.Y.
    
     In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations can be made to:
    The Seashore Trolley Museum
    PO Box A
    Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
    
     Arrangements are by Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk.
    Bibber Memorial Chapel
    Kennebunk-Wells-Berwick
    800-889-2752
    bibberfuneral.com

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 20, 2006
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