E.G. "Ed" Burrows
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E.G. "Ed" Burrows
E.G. Burrows "Ed", one-time resident of Ann Arbor, MI and familiar voice of public broadcasting, passed away Sunday evening, November 2O, 2011 in Edmonds, WA, where he resided for many, many years.
Ed is survived by his wife of 39 years, Beth Elpern Burrows; by three sons from an earlier marriage, David John, Daniel William and Edwin Gwynne; and by five grandchildren, Matthew Grant, Katherine Tracy, Margaret Elizabeth, Steven David, and Dylan Mitchell.
Born in Dallas, TX in 1917, Ed attended Yale (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.A.). Class poet at Yale and Hopwood Award winner at Michigan, Ed will be most familiar to listeners of public radio as the voice of books by radio.
He managed Radio Stations, WUOM and WVGR, from 1948-1970, helped charter the radio division National Educational Radio (of National Educational Radio Broadcasters), was chairman and member of the board of network advisors for National Association of Educational Broadcasters, and was one of the movers responsible for the inclusion of public radio in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. Over the years, he held many other positions in public broadcasting, including a stint as director of the National Center for Audio Experimentation at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His radio programs won many awards.
Ed was also a prolific and well-published poet. His first book, The Arctic Tern and Other poems (1957) was a finalist for the National Book Award. It was followed by several other books, chapbooks, plays, interviews, and individual publications in hundreds of poetry journals. He was also an avid birdwatcher.
Ed asked that there be no ceremonies in connection with his death. If people wish to celebrate his life, he suggested that they support their local poets.

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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2011.