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Robert Lewis Burrus

Robert Lewis Burrus, American lawyer. Bar: Virginia 1958. Recipient Charles S. Rhyne Award Duke University, 1998, Alumni of Year Award University Richmond, 1998, Trustees Distinguished Service Award, 2002, Silver Hope Award National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2000, Humanitarian Award National Conference for Community and Justice, 2001.


  • Burrus, Robert Lewis was born on September 16, 1934 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Son of Robert Lewis and Bessie (Hart) Burrus.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Richmond, 1955. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Richmond, 2005. Bachelor of Laws, Duke University, 1958.


    • Associate McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, Virginia, 1959-1963, partner, since 1963, chairman, 1990—2006, chair emeritus, since 2007. Board directors Smithfield Foods, Smithfield, Virginia, S&K Famous Brands, Richmond. Former director CSX Corporation, Jacksonville, Florida.

      Captain United States Army Reserve.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Virginia 1958.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Trustee University Richmond, chairman presidential search committee, 1997-1998 and 2005-2006, rector, 1998-2002. Board visitors Duke University Law School, Durham, North Carolina. Director Research.E.B. Foundation, Richmond, Virginia.

    Director Virginia Museum Fine Arts Foundation. Past trustee Virginia Museum Fine Arts, Virginia History Society. Past chairman State Council Higher Education for Virginia.

    Past director, chairman executive committee Richmond Renaissance. Past member Governor's Commission Intercollegiate Athletics, 1991-1992. Past president St. Christopher's School Foundation, Richmond.

    Fellow American Bar Foundation, Virginia Law Foundation. Member American Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association (chairman corporation law committee 1975-1977, chairman business section 1976-1977), Richmond Bar Association, Commonwealth Club, Chicago Club, Country Club Virginia, Bull and Bear Club, Kinloch Golf Club, Forum Club, Omicron Delta Kappa.


    • Married Ann Williams, August 1, 1964 (divorced 2008). Children: David Curran, Peter Tandy, Lewis Graves.
    • father: Robert Lewis Burrus
    • mother: Bessie (Hart) Burrus
    • spouse: Ann Williams
    • children: David Curran Burrus
    • Peter Tandy Burrus
    • Lewis Graves Burrus
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    Born September 16, 1934