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Former ABC President Daniel Burke dies at 82

Dan Burke the former president and chief executive officer of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., is shown in an undated photograph.

October 26, 2011 12:53:28 AM PDT
Daniel Burke, who was the president and CEO of Capital Cities/ABC from 1990 to 1994, has died at the age of 82.

Burke also served as the president and chief operating officer of Capital Cities/ABC since 1972.

Burke first joined Capital Cities in 1961 as general manager of a TV station in Albany, and climbed the executive ladder at Capital Cities until 1986, when it acquired ABC.

Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. is now ABC, Inc., part of the Walt Disney Company.

He received his B.A. from the University of Vermont in 1950, and then served as an infantry lieutenant in the Korean War in 1951 and 1952. He went on to get his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1955.

President George H. W. Bush appointed Burke to the Hungarian-American Enterprise Fund in 1990.

Burke is being remembered as a man who stood for integrity and encouraged a balance of work and family life. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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ABC News contributed to this report.