Burke, Mary Leyhe was born on October 25, 1944. Daughter of Fred H. Leyhe.
Bachelor in Comparative Literature cum laude, Northwestern University, 1966. Master of Education in Secondary English, Stanford University, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Washington University, St. Louis, 1983.
English teacher Palo Alto (California) School District, 1966-1972, John Burroughs School, St. Louis, 1966-1972. Adjunct professor, special educational services instructor Washington University, 1979-1980. Director writing skills program John Burroughs School, 1978-1982.
Instructor department education Washington University, St. Louis, 1982-1983. Head of school Whitfield School, since 1984. Member national faculty Thomson Fellows, Brown University, 1993.
Consultant middle school faculty Mary Institute, 1982-1983. Member advisory committee St. Louis Public Schools, 1987. Board directors Boatmen's Trust Company.
Member public education and economic development implementation committee Confluence St. Louis, 1989-1990. Member publications advisory board St. Regional Educational Ptnrship. Steering Committee, Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy, since 1988.
Member lay advisory board St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, 1988-1990. Board directors West County Young Men’s Christian Association, since 1989, Forsyth School, since 1987, Chesterfield Day School, 1983-1986, Education St. Louis Advisory Board, since 1991, Martha Rounds Academy Advisory Board, since 1991. Member executive committee Educational confederation, 1987-1989, member heads professional committee, 1985-1986, 87-88.