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Frank Burch (1927-2009), the only child of Bernard and Laurie (Ward) Burch, was from Wadena, Minnesota. After attaining a doctorate in history from Catholic University, he served briefly as Chief Archivist for the state of Minnesota. He spent the bulk of his career at the National Archives in Washington, DC, specializing in Antarctic expedition activities. A devout catholic and U.S. Army veteran, he was descended from Irish and English immigrants by way of Ohio and maritime Canada. He enjoyed 20/20 vision for his entire life. View full size.