John W. Burton
John Wendel Burton, 60, died Feb. 11.
Burton worked for the KU police for 30 years. He retired in 1999.
He is survived by two brothers, Frank O. Burton, Little Elm,
Texas, and Paul James Haviland, Ozawkie; four sisters, Patricia
Colleen Carter, Collinsville, Texas; Bobby Jane Ruth, Andover;
Bill Jo Copp, Ozawkie; and Connie Elaine Torres, Topeka.
Memorials may be made to the University of Kansas Endowment Fund
in care of the Barnett Funeral Home, 820 Liberty, P.O. Box 416,
Klaus Berger, 99, died Feb. 13 at his home in Paris.
Berger was a university distinguished professor of art history
emeritus. He retired from KU in the late 1960s and with his wife,
Margaret Robinson Berger, moved to Paris where they lived in
the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
Born in 1901 in Germany, Berger earned a Ph.D. at the University
of Gottingen. He worked in Berlin until the 1930s and moved to
France following the rise to power of Adolf Hitler. He left France
just before the German invasion to come to the United States,
where he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After the war, he taught
at the University of Kansas City, now UMKC, before accepting
a faculty appointment at KU.
A prolific author, Berger was best known for his books on modern
French art, including works on Theodore Gericault and Odilon
Redon. He also was one of the earliest investigators of the influence
of Japanese art on modern European art. His most recent book
was published in 1992 by Cambridge Press.
Berger is survived by his daughter, Margaretta. He was buried
in Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. His wife, who died in 1973,
also is buried there.
Klaus Berger, university
distinguished professor of art history emeritus (right), is pictured
with Edmund Eglinski, associate professor of art history.
Photo courtesy of Edmund Eglinski.