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Burzle, J. Anthony



  • Existence: 1908-05-20 - 1998-09-23


John Anthony ("Toni") Burzle was born on May 20, 1908 in Munich, Germany. He obtained a Ph.D. in German from the University of Munich in 1932. Burzle married Muriel Wittmann in 1935, and thereafter they moved to Canada, where Burzle taught for 10 years at the University of Manitoba.

In 1945 Burzle accepted a position as assistant professor of German at the University of Kansas, and within two years he became chair of the department. During the two decades of his leadership he accomplished many things, including the initiation of summer language institutes for KU students to study foreign languages while immersed in a foreign culture.

Burzle was also a consultant for the Institute of International Education; the Council on International Educational Exchange; Inter Nationes; and the Austro-American Institute of Education.

John A. Burzle remained active with academics until his retirement from the University of Kansas in 1976. He passed away in 1998, the year after his wife Muriel passed away.

Found in 1 Record:

Personal Papers of John A. Burzle

Call Number: PP 547

John A. Burzle was a German professor at the University of Kansas, serving from 1945 until his retirement in 1976. This collection includes academic resources, correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, various publications, and photographs related to his work and to his personal life. Also in the collection is information about international student orientation and study abroad programs.

Dates: 1920 - 2002