Elvera S. Burger – Wife of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Contemporary press report:

The wife of Warren E. Burger, retired Chief Justice of the US, died in her sleep on Mon, a spokeswoman for Supreme Court said. She was 84 years old and lived in Alexandria, VA. She had a cardiac condition for years, the spokeswoman, Toni House, said on Monday.

She was an amateur water colorist and a trustee of the National Symphony. She grew up in St Paul, Minnesota, graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a grade school teacher in St Paul before her marriage in 1933.

The Burgers moved to Washington, DC during the Eisenhower administration, when Burger was appointed Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department's Civil Division. He was named Chief Justice in 1969 and retired in 1985 to head the Bicentennial Commission.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by 2 children, Margaret Mary Rose and Wade, and 2 grandchildren.

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