Dean Burch, former FCC chairman, dies

August 05, 1991

Dean Burch, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and one-time Republican Party chief, died yesterday at his home in Potomac after a long illness. He was 63.

Mr. Burch, the director general of the communications satellite consortium Intelsat, underwent surgery for bladder cancer earlier the year.

Burch, a lawyer, was a top aide to former Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., and deputy director of Mr. Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign. He was chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1964 and 1965 and headed the FCC from 1969 to 1974 during Richard M. Nixon's administration.

He was a longtime friend of President Bush and served as chief of Mr. Bush's vice-presidential campaign in 1980.

Mr. Bush and his wife, Barbara, visited Mr. Burch at his home in April during his illness.

Mr. Burch had headed the global satellite consortium since 1987.

"We at Comsat are greatly saddened at the death of a man who gave so much to the satellite communications industry, his country and the world," Irving Goldstein, the chairman of Comsat, said in a statement.

Comsat is the U.S. treaty signatory to Intelsat and founding member of the global consortium.

"Perhaps Dean's greatest accomplishment occurred just last week when the Soviet Union joined Intelsat as its 121st member, thus virtually completing the global reach of the network," Mr. Goldstein said.

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