Hook, Keith Burlingame

Keith Burlingame Hook, 98, of Bloomfield, beloved husband of Alexis C. Hook, passed away Tuesday November 17th at Seabury. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on February 23, 1917, he was the son of the late Ira Thomas and Nellie (Burlingame) Hook. Keith was a graduate of Hillhouse High School, in New Haven, earned a B.A. in 1938 and a J.D. in 1941, from the University of Michigan.
After serving in the Michigan National Guards, Keith was called to active duty as a second lieutenant at the end of 1941. He served in the Pacific, in Guadalcanal, New Georgia and the Philippines. Before the end of the war, he was seconded to USAFISPA for 9 months where he wrote a detailed history of the battle of Guadalcanal with carefully drawn topographical maps which formed a major part of the official history of that battle published after the war. He arrived with American forces in Japan in 1945 and at the end of that year he returned home.
While he was in the Pacific, Keith met Alexis Entrican, the daughter of Alexander Robert and Erica (Morpeth) Entrican. They were married in Wellington, New Zealand on September 27th, 1944. Alexis came to the United States by ship in the spring of 1946, where she was met by Keith.
That same year he started work at the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, as an Attorney. He continued work at this company, getting promoted to Associate Counsel, then Counsel, and retired in 1982.
Keith believed in his country, his community and his family and throughout his long life put that belief into action through service to his country, community and to many associations and individuals. He served on the Hartford Board of Education, between 1956 and 1967, being president during four of those years. He was one of the founders of the Capitol Region Educational Council (CREC), in 1967, serving as Chairman in 1969-70. Keith was also active in the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, serving as President in 1963-64.
Other organizations in which he participated are: Hartford Community Renewal team (1962-68), Connecticut Valley Hospital, Greater Hartford Council for UNESCO, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Cooperator St. Francis Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. Keith was one of the first members of the Civitan Club of Hartford. He and Alexis were very active members of Trinity Church in Hartford ever since 1946 in multiple capacities.  Also, through Trinity Church, he became active in the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew serving in senior roles both locally and nationally. Working with the President Bob Kirschner, Keith had a lot to do with creating the modern James T. Houghteling Memorial Trust.
Music and maps played an important role in Keith’s life, as he took music lessons on the piano in the 1920’s and in that decade also started an outstanding map collection. Music composition was a dream of Keith’s which he was able to follow after he retired, as he studied music at the University of Connecticut. Much of his collection of maps and Americana was donated to the University of Michigan, which always had a special place in his heart.
Keith is survived by his four children, Andrew, Edith, Sambuq, and Jamie (and his wife, Wen Chyi Shyu) and four grandchildren: Anson and his wife Yvonne Kung, Alexander, Charlton and Elizabeth Ateeya. He is also survived by his sister, Ellen Ann Norbom, wife of Jon, and their two children, Ingrid and Susan, and their families.
Friends may call at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St, Hartford on Thursday, December 10th from 6:00Pm to 8:00PM for the wake. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 12th at Trinity Episcopal Church at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow in the Trinity Church Memorial Garden with his beloved Alexis. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to the Trinity Church Memorial Fund, the Seabury Charitable Foundation, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002 or a charity of the donor’s choice.Hook, Keith

Calling Hours

Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm at Trinity Episcopal Church - Hartford

Funeral Service

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 12:00pm in Trinity Episcopal Church - Hartford


Memorial Garden at Trinity Church

Memorial Contribution

Trinity Church Memorial Fund, the Seabury Charitable Foundation, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

One Response to 'Hook, Keith Burlingame'

  1. The Duncan's says:

    With Heartfelt Sympathy to the Hook Family,

    May you rely on the God of all comfort to help you to endure the days ahead.

    “God Is for us a refuge and strength” (Psalms 46:1)

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