From a contemporary press report
Frank E. Burdell Jr., 80, an Army infantry officer who served in three wars and then was a Xerox manager, died of a heart attack December 28, 1999 at Fairfax, Virginia, Hospital. He had collapsed on the tennis court at the Four Seasons Tennis Club. A resident of McLean, he had lived in the Washington area off and on since the 1960s.
Colonel Burdell retired in 1973 as principal representative for the assistant Defense Department secretary for international security affairs.
He was born in Augusta, Maine. He attended the Universities of Nebraska and Kansas and did graduate work in international relations at George Washington University. He also attended the Army War College.
Colonel Burdell served in China during World War II, Korea during the Korean War and in Vietnam during the war there. Other overseas assignments included Germany and Venezuela, where he was chief of the Army mission. He also was an instructor at the Command and General Staff College.
After he retired, he was a manager in the international training center of Xerox in Leesburg.
Colonel Burdell was president of the Franklin Area Community Association and the Golden Rackets, a senior tennis group.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jean W. Burdell of McLean; four children, Susan Binder of Eugene, Ore., Pamela Spencer of Columbia, Mo., Linda Stoutland of Northfield, Minn., and Frank Burdell III of Fairfax; and six grandchildren.
BURDELL, FRANK E., JR., COL USA (Ret.)
On Tuesday, December 28, 1999, COL FRANK E. BURDELL, JR., of McLean, VA. A service and inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery, January 7, at 10 a.m. No flowers, please.
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