NOTABLE NATIVES

HONORABLE ERIC GODDERZ

Honorable Eric Godderz is a Kansas District Court Judge for the 4th Judicial District which covers Franklin, Osage, Coffey, and Anderson counties. Judge Godderz graduated from Burlingame High School in 1981.

COL. TERRY MAPLE

Col. Terry Maple was appointed as Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol by Governor Sebelius on February 1. 2008. Col. Maple, who has served on the Highway Patrol since 1979, graduated from Burlingame High School in 1974.

MARSHALL MURDOCK

Marshall Murdock founded a newspaper called The Osage County Chronicle, which is now called The Osage County Herald-Chronicle, in September 1863, making it the fourth oldest newspaper in Kansas. In 1872 Murdock left Burlingame and founded The Wichita Eagle, now the largest newspaper in Kansas.

 

CARLA PROVOST

Carla Provost is a retired Chief of the United States Border Patrol. Provost, who was the first female to serve as Chief of the US Border Patrol, joined in 1995, was appointed Deputy Chief in 2016, and Chief in 2018. She is a 1988 Burlingame High School Graduate.

KENNY (TREBBE) STARR

Kenny Starr, born Kenneth Trebbe is an American country singer/songwriter who recorded the hit song "The Blind Man in the Bleachers" that hit number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart and number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1975. For much of the 1970's, he was a member of Loretta Lynn's touring band, the Coal Miners. Starr is a Burlingame High School graduate.

DR. EARL SUTHERLAND JR.

Dr. Earl Sutherland Jr., a pharmacologist and biochemist, won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1971 for his discoveries converting the mechanisms of the action of hormones. Dr. Sutherland was born in Burlingame in 1915, and graduated from Burlingame High School.

 

RON THORNBURG

Ron Thornburg was the 29th Kansas Secretary of State. He was elected in 1994 and served four terms from January 1995 through 2010. Thornburg is a 1981 Burlingame High School graduate.

VICTOR MURDOCK

Victor Murdock was an a Kansas U.S. Representative from 1903-1907. He was born in Burlingame in 1871.

MAURIVE GOLDSMITH MEHL

Maurive Goldsmith Mehl was a Geology professor who founded the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He was born in Burlingame in 1887.