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August 05, 2013
I was a student at Lowell State in 1954-1959 and was privileged to be in his classes. He was a gifted teacher and a lovely person. He was very generous in his willingness to help me with my creative writing. Please accept my condolences.
Anne Gardner-Kaihlanen
July 30, 2013
I was a Dr. Burto groupie from 1978-1982. He was an exceptional professor who brought literature to life. He was a gift to his students. He had such dignity and grace and made us fall deeper in love with books and learning in every class he taught.
July 24, 2013
Bill Burto was an accomplished gardener and devotee of hostas—which are native to Japan. As a copy editor of The Hosta Journal (the publication of the American Hosta Society) he took the homespun prose of gardeners from around the world and made them sound positively lyrical—while maintaining their “voice'. His small Cambridge garden was packed with the choicest hostas purchased from boutique specialty nurseries, given by friends and personally gathered in the wilds of Japan's rugged mountains and remote offshore islands. And he will be remembered just as much as the perpetually upbeat self-effacing man who had a gift for encouraging young gardeners and making friends.

Bob Olson, Minneapolis MN
July 18, 2013
I had the privilege of visiting Prof. Burto and Prof. Barnet in their home in Cambridge and spending a wonderful day with them, viewing the beautiful artworks in their home and being as fascinated by their collection of photographs of Sugimoto as by their exquisite works of calligraphy, and somewhat unexpectedly discussing whether the jargon of contemporary critical theory is justified! I learned so much that day, about taste, graciousness, generosity, not to mention how to make one's opinion known without hitting someone over the head with it. I am so grateful to have been one of those privileged to meet Prof. Burto, and send my heartfelt condolences to Prof. Barnet.
July 17, 2013
Scholar, teacher, friend, gardener, chef,lover of poetry, brave man, his death darkens the world.
Helen Vendler
July 17, 2013
I was an English major at ULowell and I had professor Burto for a Shakespeare course. I remember that the buzz was that he was a great teacher but that it was tough to earn even a B in his class. In fact, what he really expected was that you read the assignments and add something intelligent to the discussions. I am so glad that he was my professor!
July 17, 2013
we all lost avery soulfull man a dear friend and scholar alice and kurt
July 15, 2013
I was so very fortunate to have Dr. Burto as my professor both semesters of my freshman year at ULowell - UMASS Lowell. He was truly one of the greats!! Brilliant, empassioned and genteel. Denise Dunn
July 14, 2013
I feel very lucky to have known Bill. I cherish our conversations about Buddhist material culture and will miss his insights and questions.
July 13, 2013
So sad... A dear friend, a true scholar, a Shakespeare authority, a discerning collector, a beloved professor, a kind man, a noble gentleman, and more... Bill's passing leaves us all diminished. If we follow Bill's lead we can carry his legacy forward, making the world a better place. I am privileged to have known you, Bill, and I am honored that you considered me a friend. Good night, Sweet Prince, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
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