Alcatraz accomplishment

The water in San Francisco Bay can be choppy, rough, and cold. But that didn’t stop LEE BOEKE BURKE ’72 from completing the 1.4-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco shortly before her 62nd birthday last September. 

She raised $16,000 for the Build UU Philippines project, which seeks to construct a women’s dormitory at a Universalist Unitarian school in that country. Lee said she wanted to raise awareness about the project and inspire others to reach their goals. 

In addition to working in mental health and education programs, Lee has worked nationally and internationally for the Universalist Unitarian Church in a variety of paid and volunteer positions. She holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University.

Lee and her husband John have two children, including a son, Kelsey, who studied art at Bradley for three years. They live in Neenah, Wisconsin. 

Criminal mind

CINDY BERGSTRAND SAMPLE ’71 recently had her second book, Dying for a Dance, released in print and electronic versions by L&L Dreamspell. It was nominated
for a West Coast Crime Conference Lefty Award for best humorous mystery novel. 

She currently is researching the third book in her series, Dying for a Daiquiri. Along with her writing, Sample was co-chair of last year’s Left Coast Crime Conference, a three-day convention in Sacramento of more than 500 mystery authors and readers. 

The former CEO of a nationwide mortgage company, she was a columnist for the Gold River Community Newspaper. Cindy has two children and lives in El Dorado Hills, California.  

Revolutionary honor

MARY ANN MIDDLETON, MS ’72 was elected one of 21 DAR vice presidents general at the group’s national conference in Washington, D.C., in July. As a vice president general, she helps set policy for the 170,000 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the United States. 

Active for 41 years in the DAR, she has served as the national chairwoman of the Good Citizens award for high school students and the Flag of the United States of America committee, which focuses on appreciation, etiquette, and education about the American flag. 

A retired grade school teacher and reading specialist, Mary Ann portrays Betsy Ross for schools and civic groups. She and her husband Bob live in Peoria.