Paul Howard Burr, 83, of Marblehead, MA, passed away on Sunday May 18th, 2014. Born on July 26, 1931 in Norwalk, CT to John Gould Burr and Elizabeth Field Burr, Mr. Burr was the second youngest and last surviving brother of his siblings Donald, David, Jack, and Alan. Mr. Burr lived with his birth family until the age of 11, at which time his mother passed away. After her death, Mr. Burr was raised in the adoptive home of Richardson and Toni Wright in Chatham, MA, where he developed his deep lifelong love for sailing. He served 4 years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 1958 with a degree in engineering. He was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity.
During his early career, Mr. Burr worked as an electromechanical engineer in the fields of medical and nuclear physics research, serving as a supervising engineer for the Harvard/MIT Cambridge Electron Accelerator from 1958-65 and Director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Medical Cyclotron Laboratory from 1965-68. His professional affiliation with MIT continued as Research Affiliate to the School of Engineering and Institute Secretary from 1968-78. In later years, Mr. Burr worked as a self-employed consultant and contractor in a range of applications from yacht and home renovation to landscape and product design.
Mr. Burr was an expert craftsman, sailor, gardener, and cook, and published the sailboat cookbook and memoir ‘Tous Les Gouts de la Mer’ while living out his retirement in Marblehead, MA. He is survived by his daughters Josephine and Hannah, his son-in-law Andrew Innes, his grandchildren Eamon and Margaret Innes, and his former wife Anne Emerson. Paul was a poet and a scholar to the end, and both spoke and wrote with a tremendous flourish and wit. He will be dearly missed; the best of him will continue to live on in those he knew and loved.
A Memorial Service will be held for Paul on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm in St. Michael’s Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead, MA 01945. All are welcome to attend.