From a contemporary press report:
Public Relations Executive Charles Frank Burlingame Jr., 75, a retired Toyota Motor Sales national media relations manager who also did public relations work while serving in the Air Force, died of carcinoid syndrome, a rare form of cancer, February 13, 1999 at his home in Montclair, Virginia.
Mr. Burlingame had lived and worked in the Los Angeles area during a 22-year career with Toyota. Upon his retirement in 1986, he settled in Northern Virginia and served as president of the Montclair Homeowners Association.
He was a native of St. Paul, Minn., who attended the University of Minnesota and the University of Nebraska. He began his career in public relations in the Air Force after serving in the Navy during World War II. He spent 23 years in the Air Force, part of that time as spokesman for the 7th Air Wing in London and editor of the monthly publication, Airman magazine.
A few years after retiring as a chief master sergeant, he joined Toyota and established and oversaw the company's annual Long Beach (Calif.) and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Grand Prix Celebrity Races.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Patricia Ann Burlingame Jr. of Montclair; four children, Charles F. Burlingame III of Fairfax, Mark W. Burlingame of Lancaster, Pa., Bradley M. Burlingame of Los Angeles and Debra A. Burlingame; five sisters; a brother; and six grandchildren.
BURLINGAME, CHARLES FRANK, JR. (Age 75)
On Saturday, February 13, 1999, at his home in Mountclair, VA. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia Ann Burlingame; daughter, Debra Ann Burlingame; sons, Charles Frank Burlingame, III, Mark Wayne Burligame, Bradley Meyer Burlingame; as well as six grandchildren, five sisters and one brother. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 1, 11 a.m. at Fort Meyer Post Chapel, Arlington, VA. Interment will follow in Arlington National Cemetery.
Burlingame, Charles Frank Jr
Born November 18, 1923
Died FEbruary 13, 1999
Chief Master Sergeant, US Air Force,
Residence: Dumfries, Virginia
Section 46, Grave 714
Buried March 1, 1999
BURLINGAME, PATRICIA ANN
On November 8, 2000, beloved wife of the late Charles F. Burlingame, Jr.; mother of Charles F. Burlingame, III, Mark W. Burlingame, Bradley M. Burlingame, and Debra A. Burlingame; sister of Arlene M. Berce; grandmother of six and great-grandmother of one. Services will be held Wednesday, November 22, 3 p.m. at Ft. Myer Chapel. Interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.
SPECIAL NOTE: Their son, Charles Frank Burlingame III, who was a fighter pilot in the United States Navy, was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 which was hijacked by terrorists and which crashed into the Pentagon on 11 September 2001. He is scheduled to be laid to rest with his parents on 12 December 2001.
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