Leslie E. Burke, 56, hospital employee

November 14, 2005

Leslie Ellen Burke, a former administrative assistant to the directors of Johns Hopkins Children's Center, died of lymphoma Saturday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was 56.

Leslie Gibberman was born in Baltimore, raised in the upper Park Heights area and graduated in 1956 from Forest Park High School, where she was student council president.

She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1970. Later that year she married Alan Burke and they settled in Mount Washington. The marriage ended in divorce in 1998.

FOR THE RECORD - Leslie Ellen Burke: The obituary of Leslie Ellen Burke in yesterday's editions incorrectly stated the year she graduated from Forest Park High School. It was 1966. The Sun regrets the error.

Ms. Burke was employed at the Hopkins Children's Center from 1990 until her death, but had not been on the job since becoming seriously ill in May.

"She was a very outgoing person with a great sense of humor," said Dr. George Dover, the center's director. Her work was "superb," he said, and she had a "phenomenal" memory for names and faces and was well-known for her extensive network of medical contacts around the country.

While she remained healthy, she held down a second job in the candy department at Eddie's grocery store on Charles Street in Baltimore County.

Ms. Burke was a member of Beth Am Synagogue and was president of Miriam Lodge from 1987 to 1988. She had also been active in the PTO at Mount Washington Elementary School.

An avid fan of University of Maryland basketball, she never missed a game broadcast. She also loved to bake, watch movies, listen to Motown music and read books on the beach at Ocean City.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

She is survived by two sons, Steven Burke and Jeffrey Burke, and a daughter, Amy Burke, all of Baltimore; and a sister, Randi Shanken of San Diego.

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