Dr Frederic Lister Burk

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Dr Frederic Lister Burk

Blenheim, Chatham-Kent Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 12 Jun 1924 (aged 61)
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot Main Mausoleum, Section 12, Crypt Niche 2, Tier 1.
Memorial ID 65780083 View Source
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San Francisco Chronicle, Page 6, June 13, 1924
Shock Incident to Recent Surgical Operation Hastens End
Theory of Individual Instruction Indorsed by Foreign Lands
Dr. Frederic L. Burk, internationally known educator, for twenty-five years president of the State Teachers College of San Francisco, died yesterday at Stanford University hospital. Death followed shock incident to a surgical operation last Saturday. Dr. Burk was 62 years old. He is survived by his widow Mrs. Caroline Frear Burk, who lives at 950 Pine Street.
Dr. Burk was known thought United States and European educational centers as the originator of the individual system of education, now used in many states and abroad.
It was Dr. Burk's theory, that individual system of education instruction, as opposed to the class, or "lockstep system" accelerated the progress of a student, eliminated a waste of school time and effected a savings in the cost of schooling. It was on the basis of individual instruction that Dr. Burk conducted the State Teachers' College of San Francisco, a system that attracted attention and emulation both here and abroad.
Dr. Burk was born in Blenheim, Canada, on September 1, 1862. He came to California in his youth. He was graduated from the University of California in 1883, from Stanford University in 1892 and from Clark University in 1898.
From 1883 to 1889 Dr. Burk was a newspaper man in San Francisco. In 1889 he began his career as an educator. Starting as a teacher in public and private schools, he became superintendent of public schools of Santa Rosa in 1892, remaining there four years. The following year he was superintendent of the Santa Barbara public schools and then accepted the presidency of the State Teachers College of San Francisco, a position he held until his death.
Dr. Burk was a member of the California State Board of Education for thirteen years, and at one time was president of the California State Teachers Association.
In 1921 he was official representative of the United States at the Honolulu meeting of the Pan-Pacific Educational Congress. He was the author of numerous works on child education, among which were "Lockstep Schooling and a Remedy","A Study of the Kindergarten Problem","Every child, a Minor, versus Lockstep Schooling", and other books dealing with proper education of the child.

San Francisco Chronicle, Page 6, June 13, 1924
BURK - Entered into rest, June 12, 1924, Fredric, beloved husband of Caroline Frear Burk and loving father of Frear, Dean, Norval and Bois Burk.
Services private, today (Friday), June 13, 1924, at the chapel of Halsted & Co., 1122 Sutter St. Please omit flowers.

Family Members



Walter Frear 1828 - 1922
Fannie Foster Frear 1836 - 1924

Henrietta Frear 1865 - 1958

Frederic Burk 1862 - 1924
Caroline Frear Burk 1871 - 1954
Norval F Burk 1905 - 1987
Dean Burk 1904 - 1988
Bois Burk 1906 - 1993

Note: All are cremains.

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