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Leon Edward 'Bus' Burgoyne

Feb. 21, 2008

Leon Edward "Bus" Burgoyne, a Western Michigan University staff member for 12 years, died Jan. 27 at Lakeland Regional Hospital in St. Joseph, Mich. He was 91.

Burgoyne came to WMU in 1970 as an assistant in University Placement Services and was named assistant director of career planning and placement the following year. He was promoted to associate director of educational placement in 1975, and retired from this position in 1982.

While at the University, Burgoyne became widely known throughout the state for his work with school boards in screening their superintendent candidates.

Prior to joining WMU's staff, he served as assistant director of admissions and scholarships at Michigan State University. Earlier in his professional career, he was a math teacher and basketball coach at several Michigan high schools, a secondary administrator in the Benton Harbor Public Schools, and owned and operated the LaSalle Drugstore in downtown St. Joseph.

Burgoyne earned a bachelor's degree from WMU and a master's degree from the University of Michigan. He served as a naval officer on the U.S.S. Yorktown during World War II. In later years, he wrote three novels for young adults. Two of these books related to basketball and one was a work of historical fiction.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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