KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Richard W. Burow, 74, of Kingsport, Tenn., died on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Bristol Hospice House following a short battle with liver cancer.
Richard was born and raised in Danville, Ill., and moved south to finish his education and live his adult life. An Illinois farm boy at heart, he managed the family farmland in Illinois after retiring from Eastman. Richard, or commonly “Dick,” started his education at Illinois Wesleyan University after earning the Frank Gannett newspaper boy scholarship. The scholarship was timely, as he had eaten most of the profits from his paper route. His route ended at The Custard Cup, famous for their lemon custard ice cream.
After graduation from Illinois Wesleyan, he went on to finish a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University. Richard met Suzanne at Duke and the two moved to Kingsport in 1966. He started work for Eastman Chemical Company as a mechanical engineer, a job he held until retirement in 1999. A member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, he served as a section, region and national officer and received the ASME Centennial Award in 1980 and the Dedicated Service Award.
A member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 19 of Danville. He went to Philmont, the 1953 National Scout Jamboree and was a patrol leader at the 50th anniversary of scouting world jamboree in England in 1957. He returned to England for the 100th scouting anniversary held at the same site. A scout leader in Kingsport since 1969, he served as Troop 255 Scoutmaster for 17 years. He helped 50 scouts attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He was honored by Scouting with the Scouter’s Key, Silver Beaver, James West Society and National Heritage Society awards.
An active member of the Masonic Fraternity, he was a 50-year member of Olive Branch Lodge 38 in Danville and Kingsport Lodge 688. He was a Past Master of Kingsport Lodge and District 23 chairman for the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. He was a 32-degree Scottish Rite Mason in Danville and Knoxville, a York Rite Mason and Past Grand Governor of the York Rite College in Tennessee. In Knoxville, he attained the Scottish Rite rank of KCCH. Richard received the York Rite Order of the Purple Cross. He was the secretary of the York Rite College in East Tennessee. Richard was the past presiding officer and secretary of the York Rite Bodies in Kingsport and a member of numerous other appendent Masonic organizations.