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Longtime Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke dies

The "AD who came down the stands" has passed away.

Posted: Jun 15, 2020 1:45 PM
Updated: Jun 15, 2020 7:17 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The "AD who came down the stands" has passed away. 

Longtime Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke died on Monday after a yearlong battle with amyloidosis. He was 68.

Burke served as athletic director from 1993-2016. He is the longest-tenured AD in school history.

Over Burke's 23-year run, two teams won NCAA championships — women's basketball in 1999 and women's golf in 2010. Eight student-athletes claimed a combined 14 individual national titles. Purdue captured 20 regular-season Big Ten championships and 13 tournament championships.

The football team played in 10 bowl games in 12 years under Joe Tiller while the men's basketball team captured back-to-back-to-back Big Ten regular-season championships in 1994, 1995 and 1996.

After retiring in 2017, Burke was a university vice president for special projects including Purdue Global.

A 1973 industrial management graduate, Burke was captain of the swimming team his senior year.

Burke is survived by his wife, Kate, three children — Joyce, Morgan Jr. and Patrick — and three grandchildren.

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