Janet Burke Dunham, 83, died Saturday, December 18 in Greenwich, CT, lovingly surrounded by her sons Corydon and Christopher Dunham. She is predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Corydon Bushnell Dunham Jr. Janet grew up in Larchmont, NY and West Springfield, MA. The daughter of Henry Nugent Burke and Victoria Schappert Burke. She was predeceased by her sister, Victoria Burke Lynn. Her brother, James Nugent Burke, resides in Dennis, MA and Vero Beach, FL. Her sister, Judith Burke Putalik, lives in Naples, Florida. Many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews remain.
After earning a BA in Theater from Marywood College, Janet was hired by WWLP TV to host Romper Room School as Miss Janet, where she was featured with six children live, five days a week. To a friend’s question, “How could you do live television with six children?” She replied to “twenty-two you can do anything” and the kids were so enthusiastic and fun that it never crossed her mind to be afraid. She then worked for KLM Airlines for which she produced a film presenting ABC Island, Aruba, Bonaire and CuraÃ§ao to American audiences. Prior to marrying Cory, she was director of advertising and public relations for Mr. Thompson Sportswear.
Janet resumed her career after marrying Cory, as the director of public relations at Bloomingdales in Stamford, CT. She claims that she obtained her unofficial MBA in a unique and deep business environment. Janet resumed her career in theater receiving her Masters of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. She then assisted Laura Pels in the creation of the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, of which she served as Executive Director until her retirement. She continued as Vice President of the Board of Directors. Laura and Janet call the Foundation the child they gave birth together. The Foundation is known to be one of the largest underwriters of nonprofit theater in New York and London. It continues today under the direction of Laura Pels. Janet always remarked that it was the most exhilarating and rewarding experience of her professional career. Janet acknowledged that the love and support of her husband, Cory, and her sons Corydon and Christopher, as well as the Beauregard family dog, has allowed Janet to continue her efforts for which she is affectionately grateful. Due to the uncertainty of the Covid pandemic, a celebration will be postponed until March or April 2022. Please refer to [emailÂ protected] for information.
Posted by Greenwich Time on December 29, 2021.