Grace L. Burke, retired associate director of personnel at Morgan State University, died Sunday at Howard County General Hospital after a long illness. She was 81 and lived on Harpers Farm Road in Columbia.
Services for Mrs. Burke were being held today at Grace Presbyterian Church, Greenspring Avenue and Bannister Road.
She retired from Morgan in 1978. She began working there in 1947 as secretary to the dean.
She was a deacon at Grace Presbyterian Church and a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club and the Daytimers, a social club.
The former Grace L. Hammond was a native of Plainfield, N.J., and a 1928 graduate of Plainfield High School.
She and her husband, Dr. James S. Burke, came to Baltimore in 1947. Dr. Burke had retired as a chiropractor before his death in 1985.
Mrs. Burke is survived by a son, James Sheldon Burke Jr. of Columbia; five daughters, Barbara A. Lightfoot of Absecon Heights, N.J., Janet A. Oskay of Baltimore, Jo-Ann D. Holly of Seabrook and Nancy B. Spencer and Marilyn B. Queen, both of Columbia; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.