Raymond Coon Burdick. - As an educator who has met with practical success, and an executive in his profession,
as well as a writer of technical educational articles, Raymond Coon Burdick is recognized as an able man for the
important office he holds in Watertown as superintendent of schools. He was born in Little Genesee, Allegany County,
N. Y., April 5, 1891, the son of Oscar M. and Eva M. (Coon) Burdick. His father is also a leader in educational
circles, now being superintendent of schools in the Third Supervisory District of Allegany County.
Raymond C. Burdick attended the public schools and graduated from Alfred University in 1914 with the degree of
Bachelor of Arts. He also pursued a special course of studies at Columbia University, and in 1925 received the
degree of Master of Arts from that institution and the same year received City Superintendent's diploma. It was
in 1914 that he began his professional career as a teacher in the public schools of Allentown, N. Y. He became
principal in 1914, and later was appointed instructor in mathematics at West High School, Rochester, N. Y., in
which capacity he served for three years. He was then supervising principal of the Ellicottville High School for
two years His executive ability promptly received recognition and from 1919 until 1925 he was superintendent of
schools at Ticonderoga, N. Y. In 1925 he was elected to his present position in Watertown, succeeding Frank S.
Tisdale as superintendent of schools. By training and experience he has equipped himself for a position of leadership,
and he is among the progressive group of public educators.
Mr. Burdick is a member of the National Education Association and the Department of Superintendents, thus keeping
in close touch with advancement along all pedagogic lines. His own contributions to educational literature have
been widely read in several educational magazines. He is well versed in historical records and is a student of
Mr. Burdick is also a member of the New York State Teachers Association, in which organization he has served on
the editorial staff of the "New York Educational Journal," and on various committees in that body. He
is a member of the Council of Superintendents of the State of New York.
During the World War Mr. Burdick gave generously of his time and influence to Liberty Loan drives, the National
Home Guard, and acted in the capacity of "four minute" speaker.
On Aug. 25, 1914, Mr. Burdick was united in marriage with Miss Eloise B. Vogan, the daughter of Frank and Emma
(Brown) Vogan, of Canton, N. Y. They are the parents of a daughter, Susie Rae, born June 19, 1918.
Mr. Burdick belongs to Ellicottville Lodge No. 307, F. & A. M.; Carillon Chapter No. 290, R. A. M.; the Media
Temple Shrine and the Watertown Commandery No. 11, K. T.; and also belongs to Phi Delta Kappa honorary educational
fraternity and Phi Beta Gamma fraternity. He is a member of the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Y. M. C. A.,
Community Chest Committee and the Jefferson County Fish and Game Club, the Watertown Golf Club, the Wasoc Club
and the North Side Improvement League. He is an active member of the Presbyterian Church.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Jefferson County, NY
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