Obituary of Michael David Burdick
Mike was born in New Milford, Connecticut but spent most of his childhood in Clarkston, Michigan. He attended Clarkston public schools and then Michigan State University in East Lansing, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the College of Natural Science. Mike enjoyed a long and successful career working in the pharmaceutical industry, initially in a research lab and then in regulatory affairs at the Upjohn Company (later known as Pharmacia and then Pfizer) in Kalamazoo, Michigan and at various biotechnology companies (CV Therapeutics, Ilypsa, Relypsa, NextWave Pharmaceuticals, SteadyMed Therapeutics, and Versartis) in the Bay Area.
Mike had a passion for sailing, flying, golf, tennis, and soccer. He and his wife, Marie, spent many summers sailing along the shores of Lake Michigan. Upon acquiring his private pilot’s license, he flew his friends and family to various destinations in Michigan and beyond. He was an avid golfer and achieved his dream of playing at the prestigious Pebble Beach and Bandon Dunes golf courses. In his youth, Mike was a high school varsity and USTA tennis player and later mentored his daughter, Carina, in the sport, as well as serving as a volunteer coach for the Mountain View Junior Team Tennis league. He also enjoyed playing intramural soccer. After hanging up his cleats, Mike continued to follow the sport as a spectator of the men’s and women’s national teams and premier league matches.
Mike was an enthusiastic supporter and fan of the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams. He rarely missed watching a game. But his true pride and joy was watching his daughter, Carina, flourish as a 3-sport (tennis, golf, and soccer) athlete through high school, followed by her collegiate tennis career at Villanova University.
Mike is survived by his wife Marie, daughter Carina, mother Rita, brothers Pat and Kevin, nieces Alicia, Lindsay and Kelly, and grandniece Madeline.
A funeral/memorial service will be held at St. William Church, 611 S El Monte Avenue, Los Altos, California on January 20, 2022, at 4 pm. A link to livestream will be available upon request (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Several scholarship endowments have been established in memory of Mike. Donations can be made to either the Clarkston Foundation for Public Education (www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/community/clarkston-foundation), with designation to the Michael Burdick Memorial Chemistry Scholarship or the Michael Burdick Memorial Language Arts Scholarship, or to the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University (www.givingto.msu.edu/gift), with designation to the Michael Burdick Biochemistry and Molecular Biology scholarship (A50207) which was established in honor of his mentor Dr. Clarence Suelter.