Morgan Burke has died, according to a statement posted online on June. 15, 2020.
Morgan Burke, the longest serving athletic director in Purdue history, died at his home Monday after battling a rare disease for the past year. He was 68.
University officials said in a statement Burke had been diagnosed with amyloidosis, an ailment caused by the build-up of an abnormal protein which prevents the body’s organs from functioning properly. The MWTimes Reported.
Cause of Death.
Morgan J. Burke, who served as vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at Purdue from 1993 to 2016, died Monday at his home in West Lafayette after a year-long battle with amyloidosis.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Dave Allen Zarembka wrote
Peace to the Burke family on the passing of their uncle. When I met Morgan for the first time I was a bit intimidated because he was a sports force to be reckoned with. He had Purdue athletics in his blood, but, I also got to know him as a loving, caring man who took great joy in bringing his family together. Bradley BurkeAshley Manger wrote
We were fortunate to meet Morgan Burke and spend several occasions in his presence. A kind, thoughtful, generous, and admirable leader for the athletes and entire community at Purdue. He will be missed by all. Boiler Up.
Kelsey Habig: Boilermaker wrote
Morgan Burke was Purdue’s athletic director during my undergrad. We had many inspiring conversations in those years, and we always caught up at alumni events after I graduated. A Boilermaker to his core, he certainly left Purdue a better place. Thank you and rest easy, Mr. Burke!
Tom Crean wrote
I had great respect for Morgan Burke. He loved @LifeAtPurdue, @bigten and the State. In 2012, when we beat Purdue on the road for the 1st time, he was waiting to shake my hand at the tunnel. I never forgot it. All class and all in with his people. I’m praying for his family.
Thomas Beindit wrote
Sad day for Purdue athletics as Morgan Burke passes away. He was 68 and a former Athletic Director for the university. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Todd Turner wrote
We are so deeply saddened at the passing of our dear friend Morgan Burke. He was a vanguard of integrity and supremely committed to the wellbeing of student-athletes everywhere. We mourn with Morgan’s family and Boilermakers everywhere.Sharon Versyp wroteMy heart goes out to Kate and the entire Burke family today. Morgan was so much more than just an athletic director to all of us. He was a mentor and a friend. My life will be forever changed because of his impact. I will miss him dearly, but I will never forget his legacy.