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click to enlarge John and Anne Burr at Tribute to the Classical Arts
  • John and Anne Burr at Tribute to the Classical Arts

John T. Burr, an artist and longtime supporter of the arts, died Feb. 22 after a long illness. A native of Massachusetts who grew up in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, before adopting New Orleans as his home, he brought a quirky Caribbean sensibility to his many creative endeavors. Softly outspoken with an occasional mischievous streak, he was a classic New Orleans persona who marched to his own beat, a creativity that fueled his well-known talents as a flamenco guitarist and filmmaker. Less known was his behind-the-scenes encouragement and generosity, which made a big difference in the lives of many talented young artists. Through them, his spirit will live on, as it will through his daughter Catherine and his wife Anne, director of the Anne Burr Dance Company. Among his many friends, and especially among those in our emerging-artist community, he will be remembered as one of this city's uniquely, if quietly, creative heroes. — D. ERIC BOOKHARDT

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