Dan Burck

  • Born: January 29, 1933
  • Died: September 12, 2015
  • Location: Austin, Texas

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Former Chancellor of the University of Texas System, R D (Dan) Burck of Austin, Texas passed away peacefully on September 12th after a courageous battle with cancer. Dan was born January 29, 1933, the son of R H (Bob) Burck and Elaine Hampton Burck. Dan was a 1956 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and credited his time at UT for all that he accomplished in his successful life and for many of his lasting friendships. He was married in 1955 to Jo Richardson, who passed away in 1997. He is survived by his wife, Penny Hight Burck; son Brian Burck and his wife Monica; daughter Becky Chiarodit and her husband Mike; daughter Terry Quinn and her husband Graham; son Ben Richards and his wife Leigh and daughter Claire Richards. "Gran Dan" will be missed by his seven grandchildren: Rob, Christina, Jeff, Danny, Robert, Mollie and Hudson.

Dan worked globally with Getty Oil Company from 1955 to 1984, ultimately coming to manage the company's diversified worldwide holdings, including 13 subsidiary companies in such diverse industries as real estate, agriculture, television, forest products, and construction. This led to his leadership in the creation of ESPN, the first cable sports network, of which he was Vice President and founding director. From 1984 to 1988, Block Watne, a Norwegian construction firm, retained Dan as President and Director to organize and manage a startup subsidiary company in the US.

In 1988, Dan joined the University of Texas System serving first as Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs; in 1992 he transitioned to Executive Vice Chancellor; and he became Chancellor in 2000. Dan was instrumental in securing triple-A ratings for bonds issued by the System by all US ratings agencies, oversaw development of a System-wide compliance program that has become a national model, and established the System's program for increasing purchases from historically under-utilized businesses.

During his years at UT, Dan served as the first Advisory Director of The University of Texas Investment Management Co. and on the Governor's Council on Science and Biotechnology and the Executive Committee of the Texas Council of Public Universities and Chancellors. Following his retirement as Chancellor in 2003, he served as a special advisor to the System. He continued his involvement with UT and education as a member of the UT System Chancellor's Council Executive Committee and as a lifelong member of Texas Exes, the Littlefield Society, the Silver Spurs service organization, the UT Austin Development Board, and the Board of Texas Kappa Sigma Education Foundation. He also worked with the University of Texas Elementary School (which was chartered while he was Chancellor), and was a founding member of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education.

Dan continued to devote his later life to serving higher education and other worthy causes in Austin, in Texas, and around the nation through active leadership in a wide variety of charitable, educational, fraternal, and business organizations. His most recent role was as Chairman of the Board of American Campus Communities, the largest provider of student housing in the US. Over the past eleven years Dan formed meaningful friendships with the American Campus Communities board members, leadership and staff. He was a Trustee of The Rise School of Austin, a member of the Advisory Council for The Briscoe Center for American History, a local advisory board member for Frost Bank, and formerly on the board of the Headliners Club.

Dan was inducted into the Matthews Elementary School Hall of Honor, the Silver Spurs Hall of Fame and the Stephen F. Austin High School Hall of Honor as a Distinguished Alumnus. In June of 2014, he was named one of six finalists for the New York Stock Exchange Governance Services Leadership Award for Nonexecutive Chairman in recognition of his leadership at American Campus Communities. Upon his induction into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in November 2014, Dan thanked the university that had such a profound impact on his life and was so instrumental in his own business success.

Dan was also awarded the Tau Chapter Kappa Sigma Man of the Year in 2001, and in 2015 he was honored with the International Kappa Sigma Man of the Year Award, which was an opportunity for him to celebrate and reminisce with many of his "brothers" who have remained life long friends. In November of 2015 Dan will be honored as a University of Texas at Austin Distinguished Alumnus – the culmination of a lifelong dedication to the university and to the state of Texas and an award that had deep personal significance to him.

Dan treasured the many great times he spent over the years with his Kappa Sig brothers and his Pearl Lakes fly fishing buddies. He also enjoyed hitting the links with friends and family. Dan and Penny loved their UT Chancellor's Council trips and also the wonderful vacations they enjoyed with their many friends.

The family would like to express thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Seton Hospital. They are also grateful for treasured support of Dan and Penny's "right hand," Elaine Moore, and for the tender caregiving extended by Adriana, Roxanne and Lorena Jara.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16th at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road. Interment will be at the Texas State Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are encouraged to one of Dan and Penny's charitable endeavors:
The Rise School of Austin
4800 Manor Road, Building J
Austin, TX 78723

The Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin
Arno Nowotny Building
2300 Red River Street, Stop D 1100
Austin, TX 78712

The Penny and Dan Burck Endowment of the University of Texas System Chancellors' Council
C/O Office of Development and Gift Planning Services
210 West 6th Street, Suite 1.200
Austin, TX 78701

The Frances Elizabeth Quinn Endowment at Seton Hospital
Seton Fund
1201 West 38th Street
Austin, TX 78705

MD Anderson Cancer Center
P.O. 4486
Houston, TX 77210-4486


Condolence & Memory Journal

For the friends and family of Mr Burck, I am so very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort hear your heartbroken prayers and support you during these difficult times.

Posted by Krystal DB - Garland Texas   September 12, 2016

Dan Burck was more than special. He was a leader, a role model and a friend to thousands. What a tragedy to lose an individual who was doing so many great thing. I send love to his beautiful family and, like so many others, I share your grief.

Mary Scott Nabers

Posted by Mary Scott Nabers - Austin, TX - Friend   September 17, 2015

Sincere condolences to the Burck family. Elia y Armando T Diaz

Posted by A friend   September 17, 2015

BEN my prayers are for you and your family

Posted by STAN CRANE - NAVASOTA, TX   September 16, 2015

May the God of All Comfort be with you and your family during this time of sadness.

Posted by A friend   September 16, 2015

Penny and Family. I was so saddened to learn about Dan's passing. I will sorely miss him as I am sure you all will. He was truly a wonderful man, friend, father ,leader and husband. My prayers are with you all in this time of trial for comfort and understanding..B K Thomson

Posted by Billy K Thomson - Austin, TX - friend   September 16, 2015

It was my pleasure to be with Dan on repeated occasions at UT as he was always bright, optimistic, helpful and insightful during our visits. He will be missed but his innumerable contributions remembered. May he rest in peace.

Posted by J. Mark McLaughlin - San Angelo, TX - friend   September 15, 2015

Sending our gratitude for your generous support of The Rise School of Austin. Sincerely, The Board of Directors of The Rise School of Houston

Posted by John H. Duncan - Houston, TX - Charitable Organization   September 15, 2015

Dear Penny,

We are thinking about you and your loss. We are grateful that Dan was a good part of your life and we are grateful that Dan lived a long and productive life and did so much for so many, including The Rise School of Austin.

Brenda and John Duncan

Posted by John & Brenda Duncan - Houston, TX - Founders, Rise School of Houston   September 15, 2015

What an extraordinary man. My sympathy and support to all of you. God bless and hold you all in his hands, as He is Dan.

Posted by Rhonda H. Brink - Austin, TX - friend   September 14, 2015

My sincere condolences to the family at this most difficult time. May the God of all comfort provide you with whatever is needed so you can cope with your great loss. Psalms 83 : 18.

Posted by - Houston, Texas   September 14, 2015

I'm so sad to learn of Dan's passing. In the seven years I was privileged to work as Dan's Administrative Coordinator at UT System before I retired in1996, I found him to be the very best part of my entire working career. He was ever steady at the wheel, good humored (sometimes mischievous), a good listener, wise decision maker, inspiring ball of energy! Will never forget him, my friendship with Jo ... very special and important people. He touched so many lives in such positive ways. I deeply regret I won't be able to be with friends and family at the celebration of this wonderful man's life at Good Shepherd on Wednesday, as I'm way over here in Wales with the Morris family. But my condolences and prayers are with you all, and I celebrate Dan Burck's good life!

Posted by Judith C. (Judy) Morris - Austin, TX - employee, friend   September 14, 2015

Dan put his heart and soul into making the impossible, possible for others. It makes me sad to think of a world without him. He was a true gentleman, a true Texan, and we feel lucky to have been able to call him a friend. Penny, please know that our prayers are with you and your wonderful family.

Posted by Bubba and Aime Nickel - Sydney, Australia - Former Board Member and Friend   September 14, 2015

Penny, I am so sorry to hear about Dan. He was a role model for me and many times I have thought about him. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Pam Clayton - New York, NY - Worked together at the UT System   September 13, 2015

I will remember all of the great golf games that we had and all of the great stories about managing BEVO during the trip to ND when he was at Texas. A great friend; he just went on up ahead to light the way for me and you.

Posted by John Sibley Butler - Austin Texas   September 13, 2015

A man of class in every respect,admired and loved by all who knew him.AEKDB.Clifton.

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2015

Dan and I were introduced while I was working as Chief of Staff to the Texas House Speaker in the 1980's. This began a long friendship that involved work together at UT, travel and golf. He exemplified the finest characteristics and I admired him greatly. I will miss him. He made me a better person and set a high standard for all of us to follow. Deepest sympathy to Penny and all the family.

Posted by MIKE MILLSAP - BEE CAVE, TX   September 13, 2015

Charles and I send our thoughts and prayers to you,Penny, Ben, Leigh, Mollie
And the rest of the family. We are proud to have known such a fine man. Linda and Charles Thomas

Posted by Linda Ryan (Butter) Thomas - Longview - Friend   September 13, 2015

Dan was a wonderful person. He provided me with many career opportunities for which I am forever grateful. He consistently demonstrated integrity and strength. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Pam Clayton - New York, NY   September 13, 2015

I had the opportunity to serve on the American Campus Board with Dan as our Chairman. I will always remember his thoughtful and firm guidance that was truly enlightened. Although I only worked with Dan for less than two years, he has made a permanent impression on me as a man who lived his life fully and well. My condolences to the family, he will be missed dearly by everyone.

Posted by Dennis Lopez - New York, NY - Member of ACC Board   September 13, 2015

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