John F. Burgess had a wide-ranging career in the government and academic sectors. Born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, Burgess received an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1963 and a master's degree from Georgetown University in Russian studies in 1966. Burgess served in the 1970s as an administrator in the governing body of the Peace Corps. From 1975 through 1978, he was the Peace Corps manager of Micronesia. Between 1984 and 1987, he worked as the Peace Corps' associate director for international operations. During the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Burgess served as a deputy director in the White House Office of Public Liaison. Turning to academia, from 1989 to 1992, Burgess worked at Georgetown University as vice president and executive director of the Georgetown University Alumni Association. His other posts at Georgetown University included stints as dean of freshmen of the College of Arts and Sciences and assistant dean of the School of Foreign Service. John F. Burgess died on May 2, 2008.
[Source: Obituary for John F. Burgess in "Washington Post" online, Friday, May 16, 2008.]