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Allan B. Burdick
Allan Burdick, 1920-2012
Allan Bernard Burdick, 91, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Columbia. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Calvary Episcopal Church.
He was born in Cincinnati and was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and New York City. After a four-year interruption in his studies to serve in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Iowa State College. He went on to the University of California-Berkeley and earned his Ph.D. in genetics.
He married Sally Cummins, who preceded him in death in 1983, and was married to Elizabeth (Betty) Revington Burdick at his death.
After holding research and teaching positions at several other universities, Allan retired as professor emeritus of the University of Missouri, where he served for more than 20 years as professor of genetics and professor of medical genetics.
Allan was a founding member of Woodrail Country Club and loved to golf and dine there. He had a lifelong interest in early Christian history and the Apostle Paul in particular. He and Elizabeth traveled extensively doing research. In retirement, he published a book on Paul's travels. His interest in writing revealed his more sensitive side when he recently published a romantic novel.
He will be remembered for his academic achievements, intellectual curiosity, love of family and the friends he cultivated.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his four children, Michael Burdick, Nancy Burdick (Peter Haigh), Steve Burdick (Susan) and Lindy Steinmann (Weldon); three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Burdick; his mother, Rachel Mullins; and stepmother Josephine North.
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