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Washburn High School

Class of 1956 - In Memory Of

McBurney, Thomas Ross

McBurney, Thomas Ross Age 70, of Edina, died March 31 at home supported by family and friends. Father, husband, grandpa, citizen, mentor, traveler, writer and good friend. His love and humor will be missed and celebrated by wife Barbara, four daughters and their families: Ann (Lynn), Susan (Michael; grandkids Owen and Nora), Megan (Dan; grandkids Ian and Simon) and Lesley (Joel).

Born June 16, 1938 in Minneapolis. Preceded in death by parents Lloyd and Lorna McBurney, brother Scott. Survived by sister Mary, nephew Macarthur (Lissa; Ava).

Attended Burroughs and Washburn schools in Minneapolis, Dartmouth College and Amos Tuck School. Retired in 1989 from Pillsbury Co after 20+ yrs incl. positions as EVP/Chairman US and International Foods. Held directorships with Valspar, Wenger, Meritex, Transport Corp of America, Ameriprise Strategies & Funds and other companies.

A passionate believer in service, community transformation and the arts, Tom brought wise leadership, strategic vision and eminent good sense to the boards of The Minnesota Opera, Freedom From Hunger Foundation, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), Allina Foundation, Minnesota Orchestra, United Way and other organizations. Honored as Life Director of The Minnesota Opera, Freedom From Hunger and MPR; given 2000 Distinguished Service Award by United Way of Minneapolis Area; named to 1997 Volunteer Hall of Fame by Mpls. St. Paul magazine.

Author of "Artistic Greatness: A Comparative Exploration of Michelangelo, Beethoven & Monet" and several collections of essays and commentaries. Tom's friends fittingly described him as a Renaissance man. Travel, history, music, art, social issues, foreign affairs, writing, spirited conversation, good food, close family and many terrific friends each played a special part in his rich life.

Sun., April 5 at Minikahda Club, 3205 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis: 3pm visitation, 4pm memorial service, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to either Freedom From Hunger Foundation, 1644 DaVinci Court, Davis CA 95618; or The Minnesota Opera, 620 North First St., Minneapolis MN 55401

Published in Star Tribune from 4/3 to 4/4/2009.

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