Biography of Dr. W. T. Burke
Lucas County, OH Biographies

For a quarter of a century Dr. W. T. Burke has engaged in the practice of medicine in Toledo and the passing years have firmly established his position among the leading physicians of the city. He was born in Northfield, Washtenaw county, Michigan, February 2, 1868, a son of Edward and Mary (Rogan) Burke, both of whom were natives of Ireland and in childhood were brought by their parents to the United States, the father being but eight years of age at that time, while the mother was a year younger. The paternal grandparents first settled in Pennsylvania, later removing to Michigan, and on reaching manhood Edward Burke took up the occupation of farming, which he continued to follow in the Wolverine state until his death. Mrs. Burke has also passed away. Seven children were born of their union, five of whom survive, namely: Rev. Anthony Burke, who was for many years pastor of a church at Battle Creek, Michigan, but is now living retired in southern California; Dr. Charles J. Burke, a prominent dentist of Battle Creek; Edward and James Burke, residents of Northfield, Michigan; and Dr. W. T. Burke of this review.

The last named attended the grammar schools of Northfield and the high school at Ann Arbor, Michigan, and then entered the State University in that city, winning his M. D. degree in 1895. After his graduation he went to northern Pennsylvania, where he remained for two years, acting in a professional capacity for several coal mining companies in that locality. In 1897 he came to Toledo, where he has since made his home, and is now a member of the medical staff of Mercy Hospital, being also connected with the auxiliary staff of St. Vincent's Hospital. His professional labors have been attended with gratifying success and his practice has steadily grown in volume and importance as he has demonstrated his ability to cope with the intricate problems which continually confront the physician in his efforts to restore health and prolong life.

Dr. Burke is a loyal supporter of the city because of his belief in its opportunities and has shown his faith in its future by judicious real estate investments, his property being situated on Monroe street. He is a communicant of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church and his professional relations are with the Toledo Academy of Medicine, the Lucas County and Ohio State Medical societies and the American Medical Association. He stands high in the regard of his professional colleagues and his ambition keeps him abreast with the trend of the times in the field of modern medical and surgical practice.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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