A UM Kind of Family

Three generations of the Burke family have attended the University of Montana, and giving back is important to them. That’s why Jack J.D. ’52 and Nancy ’52 Burke created scholarships in both business and law.
The family recently bolstered its scholarship funds with an additional gift, which will make it possible to provide larger scholarships every year.
“From the time our parents met at the University of Montana many decades ago, our family has had its roots securely planted at UM,” said John Burke, Jack and Nancy’s son. “For many of our family members, the education we received and the incredible experiences we enjoyed were second to none. Therefore, we can’t think of a better way to invest in the future than providing scholarships to UM students seeking those same wonderful experiences.”
The family gathered in Missoula this September, where they connected with old friends at a School of Law brunch and cheered on John Burke’s son Ryan Burke, who is a wide receiver for the Griz and a sophomore in the School of Business Administration.

The Burke family
Pictured from left to right: Rick (Law ’81) and Mary Burke Orizotti, John and Kathy Burke Novak (the family’s token Bobcats), Jack Burke (Law ’52), Cheryl Burke Harris (Business ’75), Stella and John Burke (Business ’82) and Bryce Burke (Business ’12).

Family alums missing from the picture include Nancy Burke (History ’52), who passed away in 2012; Don Harris (Law ’83, Philosophy ’80); Lisa Burke Orizotti (Education ’86); Mike Orizotti (Business ’99); Dan Orizotti (Business ’01); Ryan Burke, currently a UM business student; Missy Harris, currently a UM physical therapy student; and Kevin Harris, currently a UM philosophy student.