1-1           WHEREAS, The Texas House of Representatives is proud to
 1-2     congratulate Leon Burkham on his retirement from the Knox City
 1-3     Independent School District, concluding an outstanding career
 1-4     dedicated to educational excellence; and
 1-5           WHEREAS, Born on April 24, 1936, Mr. Burkham attended Abilene
 1-6     Christian College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in
 1-7     education in 1958; continuing his pursuit of academic excellence at
 1-8     Sam Houston State University, he earned a master's degree in
 1-9     agriculture education in 1959; and
1-10           WHEREAS, This esteemed educator began his teaching career at
1-11     Vernon North Side in 1959 and moved to Knox City two years later;
1-12     during nearly three decades as an integral part of the Knox City
1-13     Independent School District, Mr. Burkham has endeavored to provide
1-14     an environment of learning, support, and encouragement for his
1-15     students; and
1-16           WHEREAS, Mr. Burkham and Leona Magee met while both were
1-17     students at Abilene Christian College; the couple married on
1-18     December 22, 1955, and have enjoyed a close and happy relationship
1-19     that has been blessed with two sons and a daughter; through the
1-20     years, the couple have welcomed five grandchildren into their
1-21     close-knit family; and
1-22           WHEREAS, Throughout his career, Leon Burkham has set high
1-23     standards to which all educators may aspire, and he is indeed
1-24     worthy of special recognition at this time; now, therefore, be it
 2-1           RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 76th
 2-2     Texas Legislature hereby commend Leon Burkham for his dedication to
 2-3     the students of Knox City Independent School District and extend to
 2-4     him sincere best wishes for a happy and rewarding retirement; and,
 2-5     be it further
 2-6           RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
 2-7     prepared for Mr. Burkham as an expression of high regard by the
 2-8     Texas House of Representatives.
                                                   Speaker of the House
               I certify that H.R. No. 731 was adopted by the House on April
         26, 1999, by a non-record vote.
                                                 Chief Clerk of the House