Jean Burke died on April 4 at her home on Payne Avenue in North Haven. Her mother, Jessie (MacLean) Burke graduated from Southampton High School in 1925 when she left her parents’ home to study nursing in Manhattan. While in school she met her future husband, James A. Burke, a Manhattan native. They were married after she completed nursing school and continued to live in Manhattan
Jean Burke was born in Manhattan on July 17, 1932. She attended the local Catholic elementary school and also graduated from Cathedral High School in Manhattan in 1950 and from Queens College in 1954.
After four years employment in Children’s Placement Services, she was appointed as a parole officer by the N.Y.S. Division of Parole from where she retired as an area supervisor after 35 years of employment. As area supervisor at the N.Y.S. Division of Parole she headed a bureau of fifty, and supervising line of eight staff officers who were responsible for the supervision of persons paroled from N.Y.S. prisons.
While working full time she attended Brooklyn Law School at night, graduated and was admitted to the bar in 1968. Financed by the Federal Law Employment Assistance Program, she earned the degree of Master of Law from New York University School of Law.