My wife and I met Burton R. Drum on a Cruise ship Called, "Brilliance of the Seas" more than ten years ago. I think it was entirely appropriate that this particular ship had this name. The reason I say this is that this name reflected exactly how and what, I felt about this great Gentleman. Burton was a very experienced Historian, not only about the America's, but World history and could do much better than just hold his own, in any company.
He was A true "Southern Gentleman" and never did I see him be anything else. Every time we communicated by E-Mail he would end his mail by signing off to me, and "The Lovely Mary" as he always called my wife.
I never met any of Burton's Family, but I am convinced that they would abound in the Genes of this Great man and the loving wife he lost, shortly before we met. I will never forget this man, he became a kind of hero to me, by the way he could always remain calm and be a thorough Gentleman, no mater the situation.
The World can not afford to lose too many people, the likes of Burton R. Drum.