In recognition of Jack Burch’s vast contributions for over half a century to the field of malacology, and to the training of malacologists, the Burch family recently established The John B. Burch Malacology Fund at The University of Michigan.
Interest generated from the Fund will be used to support the University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) program in malacology, in particular to support students engaged in research on mollusks. Because Fund expenditures will involve interest only, we anticipate that it will last indefinitely (a number of such UMMZ funds are approaching a century in age).
Jack's former students, friends, and colleagues are especially encouraged to contribute to the Fund. In particular, we hope that your interactions with Jack inspired you and, if that is the case, please consider supporting the Fund and the long and distinguished UMMZ tradition of training future malacologists. Please submit your gift (no matter how small—it is the thought that counts) directly to the John B. Burch Malacology Fund at the link or mailing address given below. You will promptly be sent a formal receipt for your records.
To mail in your donation, please make check out to “The University of Michigan” and put “The John B. Burch Malacology Fund” in the Memo. Checks can be mailed to the address below:
Research Museum Center (RMC)
Attn: UMMZ—John B. Burch Malacology Fund
3600 Varsity Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
In addition, we would very much enjoy having a paragraph of your experiences with Jack for the Museum’s archives—something we can quote to students who receive awards in the future. We hope you send in your favorite Jack Burch story to further the association of his name with assistance to malacology students in the Museum of Zoology. It is our pleasure to honor Jack’s dedication to students in this way. Please submit these to Tom Duda, Associate Curator, Museum of Zoology, who will compile them. The ones we’ve received and processed to date are shown below.