Herbert Joseph Burrows

March 10, 1929October 13, 2020

Herbert Joseph Burrows, 53 year resident of Bowie, Md., born March 10, 1929, only child of Henry Joseph (1899-1962) and Hilda (Hedberg) Burrows (1907-1993) was named after President Herbert Hoover. He always delighted in the few numbers of men who shared that name, and went by just Herb. A graduate of Brockton (Massachusetts) High School, he went on to Brown University in Providence RI, and earned an AB in chemistry and a Commission as ensign In the US Navy in 1951. That same year, he was married to Beverly Ann Cohen also of Brockton.

He spent the Korean War at sea on the USS Oriskany CV-34 as a deck and gunnery officer. Later he went on to serve in various warships culminating as Chief Gunnery Officer on the Heavy Cruiser USS Helena CA-75. Along the way, he earned advanced degrees in Management Engineering (Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute 1957) and Ordinance Engineering (US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey California 1961). His final duties were at the Old Main Navy Building in Washington DC before retirement in 1971. His true calling had been found as an instructor at the US Naval Academy in the early 60’s, which led to a professorship at Charles County Community College (now Southern Maryland University) in La Plata. He finally retired after over 20 years of service as Dean of Mathematics and Science.

Although technically trained, he always felt his greatest and most rewarding college exposure was to history and the humanities. He enjoyed poetry, language, and art. His music was that of Jackie Gleason and Frank Sinatra, Jerry Vale and Mantovani. He enjoyed dozens of trips abroad with Beverly, most especially to London and all the British Isles. There he began a true following of dramatic and musical theatre. As a true Anglophile, he loved PBS and BBC productions such as Sherlock Holmes, Rumpole of the Bailey, Upstairs Downstairs, Morse and Lewis, Downton Abbey, and so many others.

His values were of the old school; duty and responsibility before rights and privileges; the value of hard work and self-reliance over handouts and entitlement. He took pride in never missing a day’s work in 40 years. Seldom, if ever sick, his secret of longevity, he would jokingly say was two whiskies a day at 5 pm. In his final years he found great joy in the fellowship of his many friends at Moni’s in Crofton.

He is survived by his wife; 3 children, Brenda , William, and Jeffrey and his wife of 30 years Kim Dunnigan; 4 grandchildren, Andrew, Erik, Dayna, and Troy; 3 great grand-children, Chase, and twins Aubrey and Avery.


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Donna Mccorkle

October 27, 2020

I was and am so fortunate to be their neighbor. Herb always had a friendly smile and wave, and offer to share the 5:00 whiskey. He will be missed. He has left behind a wonderful legacy in the values that he and Bev taught their children who then passed it on to their grandchildren.

Dayna (Burrows) Sutherland

October 24, 2020

As Grandpas “favorite Granddaughter” I will miss him dearly and everything in his life that he did for our family. He introduced our beloved Christmas Day fondue tradition. We will continue this tradition for years to come and remember his spirit by toasting him over Piesport white wine and that same cheese recipe we’ve had for the last 30 plus years.

When I think about Grandpa I see him sitting on the screened porch, playing old vinyl records and recounting traveling all over the world. We loved going for visits because he always had a cold ginger ale in a low tumbler glass waiting for us.

I miss you Grandpa. You lived a remarkable life full of adventure.


Nate Johnson

October 23, 2020

Farewell my friend. You are missed.

Fair Winds and Following Seas.


Kristen Dusten

October 23, 2020

Uncle Herb was a great man, a true gentleman. My memories of him are talking of his travels, all the places he and Auntie Bev had been to. When I told him of my studies in Art History, he was so excited to give me some prints of cafes that he had bought in his travels. I also have great memories of him taking us on a tour of Washington DC and giving us all facts on the statues and monuments. The trip to Deep creek was also very special to me. He will long be remembered. He lived a wonderful life and we can find some peace in that. With my deepest sympathies, Kristen Dusten and family

Kelly McKenna

October 23, 2020

Uncle Herb taught me how to cook chili when I visited. His chili recipe still resides in my files and is one of my favorite recipes. When I make it I think of my visit and making chili with Uncle Herb for football game day.
Along with my father, Uncle Herb encouraged higher education and I often think of him when I achieve my educational goals.
Uncle Herb was a great man. They just don’t make them like him
🥃 Here’s to Herb. He’s true blue. He’s a classic through and through. He’s a gentleman, so they say. He meant to go to heaven and I’m sure he went that way!!!!

Chad Johnson

October 21, 2020

Mr. Burrows was always a good neighbor, and I went over a few times over the years. Sometimes to hangout, or for advice. He helped tutor me in math when I was struggling. It was fun to see him tending the house, so diligently all the time. He was always taking care of something. Whenever we would finish a chat or a walk by he would remind me to carry on. Carry on! And I will. Thank you Mr. Burrows. May your family find healing.

Michelle Johnson

October 21, 2020

As Herb and Bev's (Mr. And Mrs. Burrows) neighbors of the last 21 years, our family has been the beneficiaries of Education (Herb was a great tutor) Insight (history was a common 'across the yard' conversation) Interests (we have sat with Herb to hear his beloved vinyl's, and also heard them as they listened on their back porch!) We would often cross paths with Mr. Burrow's as he walked along the side of his house. After being asked how he was doing, he would stop and respond like clockwork, for YEARS! "Pretty Good For An Old Man!" reciting this as he put a small bounce in his stature and pumped his arms back and forth like he was walking! We often do not know that we will never physically see someone again and this was the case when
I returned from out of town to hear that Herb was in the hospital. I made the trip to Moni's to tell his friends of his health challenges and coincidentally they were around the bar wondering how Herb was doing! They were saddened to hear of Herb's condition and glad to receive an update. I got to hear and see their admiration and love for Herb as a menu was passed around for signatures and well wishes. They made me promise to return several days later to collect the second signed menu, so those not present could sign. The very first sentence Herb spoke to me in 1999 was this introduction of himself....."Nice to meet you, I'm Herb as in Herbert, not herb as in plant!" I will close this written remembrance as Herb would close every single Cross-Yard Conversation that we had..."Carry-On Then!" and to our friend, father figure, familiar face and Ship Shape Gentleman, Mr. Herbert Burrows, we say in return with a salute~ "Carry-On Sir!

Tami Cohen Annand

October 21, 2020

We will miss you Uncle Herb! An amazing man with so much wisdom. I’ll always remember the times we spent together in Massachusetts and Maryland. Wish we could have spent more time together in the later years. Forever in our thoughts and prayers.
All our love, Dotty, Tami and family, Tom, Darren and Missy 💙🙏

Brenda Burrows

October 21, 2020

Dear Dad, I really miss you as I’m sitting at your round high-top table in the family room. The sun is shining through the trees. It is lovely. I don’t know how much you sat here in the morning but I know that you so enjoyed it at dusk-you’d count the lights as they went on from peoples’ porches as they arrived home for the day. It’s very quiet and serene this morning. I’m looking through the beautiful Bay window that looks out to your well-cared for green lawn. You worked hard to grow and care for it. You raked bags of leaves all fall and spring. The trees in back stand tall in the background. The leaves are starting to change colors. You always loved the crisp and clear fall days. I miss you dad. Love always, Bren

Anita Morgan

October 19, 2020

Brenda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. 💕.

Anita Morgan
Calvary Center School.


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