Dr. Frank Burd ’52 will deliver the commencement address and receive the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award at Morgan Park Academy’s 144th graduation exercises on June 10, 2017.
The longtime president of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs, Dr. Burd carries with him a lifetime of professional achievements and service to his community and alma mater that distinguishes him among his fellow alumni.
“It will be an honor to have Dr. Burd address the Class of 2017 and the MPA community,” Head of School Mercedes Z. Sheppard said. “His passion for global affairs and service sets a tremendous example for our graduates and his experiences and insights will surely inspire them. I greatly look forward to welcoming him back to the Academy.”
The Duchossois Award is Morgan Park Academy’s highest award for alumni, given annually in recognition of its namesake’s lifetime achievements, outstanding professional success, and service to the Academy, his community, and society. Previous recipients are Duchossois, U.S. Ambassador Al Hoffman Jr. ’52, Spencer Stuart ’40, Bill Hickey ’71, Jim Mitchell ’61, and Denny Cresap ’52.
A standout student and football player at both Morgan Park Military Academy and the United States Military Academy, Dr. Burd served as an intelligence officer from 1956-60 with the Thirteenth Air Force, focusing on Southeast Asia.
After his military service, he earned both a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Chicago and was a member of the founding faculty when the University of Maryland, Baltimore County was established in 1966. He taught at UMBC for 34 years, chairing the Department of Political Science and directing the International Studies Center.
Since 1980, Dr. Burd has been the president of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to citizen education in foreign affairs. Through lectures, seminars, discussions and studies, the council brings many of the world’s leading authorities of foreign affairs to address members and guests and addresses several audiences: established and developing leadership, international professionals, the attentive citizenry, youth, and not-yet attentive public.
Dr. Burd and his wife, Patrice, also have been dedicated supporters of Morgan Park Academy, standing as members of the Maroon and Ivy Society for their generosity since 2000. The Pauline Kroll Burd Endowed Scholarship, established in memory of his mother, provides recognition and tuition assistance for deserving Upper School students.