R.I.P. Dr. Dennis R. Burke

Kangdukwon Taekwondo loses a stalwart friend

R.I.P. Dr. Dennis Burke, 3 June 1930 – 15 May 2022

Kangdukwon Taekwondo has lost a stalwart friend in the late Dr. Dennis Burke.

Dr. Dennis  and Mrs. Louis Burke flanked by Grand Master and Mrs. Hwa Chong at the U-Michigan Taekwondo Club's 50th anniversary dinner on 4 October, 2014
Dr. Dennis  and Mrs. Louis Burke stand beside Grand Master and Mrs. Hwa Chong at the U-Michigan Taekwondo Club’s 50th anniversary dinner on 4 October, 2014

“We have lost a wonderful cosmopolitan and friend,” says Master Chong. “Dr. Burke served all U-M Taekwondo tournaments and advised free of charge in the early years of University of Michigan Taekwondo activities. As Chairman of the United States Taekwondo Union, he always provided free service and advice in support of Kang Duk Won Taekwondo activities.”

“We have lost a wonderful cosmopolitan and friend.”

— Hwa Chong

Dennis R. Burke “Stoney”, MD was born on June 3, 1930, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was a Veteran of the Korean War, graduated from U-Michigan with his medical doctorate in 1961; was in private family practice in Ann Arbor for over sixty years.

Past Chairman of the United States Taekwondo Union (USTU) Medical Department (1993-1995) Dr. Dennis Burke passed away on Sunday, May 15th, 2022.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, graduated from U of Michigan with his medical doctorate and was in private family practice in Ann Arbor for more than fifty years.

Dennis Burke, who had been a kick boxer, first encountered taekwondo in the person of Hwa Chong in the 1960’s. Dr. Burke was also was one of the coaches of the U-Michigan Boxing Team and was a big backer of Master Hwa Chong and the U-Michigan Taekwondo Club. 

Dr. Dennis Burke
10165 North Platt Road,
Milan, Michigan 48160
Mrs. Louis Burke (734)-764-8325

About Patrick Harrigan

Patrick Harrigan has since 1969 been a student and friend of Hwa Chong, Chonggae and President of World Kang Duk Won. Researcher, writer, editor and publisher, he is WKF Vice-President for International Affairs and publisher of the WKF website and newsletter.