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Diane W. Burke

Emeritus 

Trustee

 

Diane Burke, better known as Didi, was born in New York City in 1927. Her father was mining engineer who served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior under President Dwight D Eisenhower. After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in Art History, Didi worked at Perl Galleries in NYC. She was also a painter with a distinct Henri Rousseau and Andy Warhol-like style.  Didi and two other women opened and ran Gallery 3, an art gallery in Greenwich.  In 1980, after a divorce and three children, Didi married James Burke whom she had known since college. They both shared a love of travel, family and the arts. They were also married for 31 years. In 1999 Diane was elected as an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after 20 years of service as a volunteer. Diane's many philanthropic ventures include serving on a variety of boards including the Mercantile Library of New York City, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University, the Wellesley College Friends of Art, the Middle East Society of Princeton, and the Russian American Cultural Foundation. Today Didi resides in New York and Princeton, is fluent in Italian and French, and has six grandchildren. She still loves opera, classical music (Mozart is her favorite), and dachshunds.