Philip H. Burch
Philip H. Burch, 86, a retired research professor at Rutgers’ Center for Government Services, passed away on July 21, 2016, in Skillman, N.J. Funeral services were held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton, on July 25.
Burch, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant who served in Korea, earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a doctorate in political science from Rutgers. In 1962, he joined the university’s Center for Government Services and in a 38-year career there, he performed research in many areas related to public policy in New Jersey, including transportation, public health, industrial safety, educational policy, and water quality.
Burch also published books analyzing the American power structure, the relationship between economic and political elites in American government, and the rise of right-wing forces in recent decades. His works include Elites in American History (1981), a three-volume study analyzing the key economic forces in each presidential administration from George Washington through Jimmy Carter.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes Dalley; three daughters, Carol Burch; Teresa Crowell and her husband, Mark; and Ellen Smith and her husband, Todd; a son, David, and his wife, Janet; a granddaughter; a grandson; and four stepchildren, Laura Tobin and her husband, Jim; Richard Dalley and his wife, Alison; Lawrence (Kip) Dalley and his wife, Kim; and Sarah Shannon and her husband, Mike.
Donations in his name may be made to WWFM at www.wwfm.org or 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, N.J., 08550.