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James Burke '42

James D. Burke ’42 is a retired JPL lunar settlement and exploration expert. Burke graduated from Caltech in 1945, became a U.S. Naval Aviator, returned to Caltech for graduate work in Aeronautics, then joined JPL in 1949. He participated in early lunar programs, becoming project manager of Ranger, the first American effort to land operating instruments on the moon. He is a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Program on Space Applications, and a faculty member of the International Space University.

Burke and his wife Lin are the parents of Webb alumnus Richard '69. In 2005 they made a generous campaign gift to Webb, which funded the construction of the beautiful Copeland Donahue Theater and Digital Media Studio.
 
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  • The Hefner Initiative 2018: US/China Summer Program

    Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
     
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  • Two Webb Students to Present at National American Chemical Society

    Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
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  • Webb Holiday Receptions in SF & LA

    Alumni and parents are invited to celebrate the holidays and Webb in San Francisco (Tues. Dec. 5) and Los Angeles (Wed. Dec. 6). 
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  • You're Awesome, Be Happy!!

    Hector Martinez
    It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”
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