Howard H. Burroughs, age 85, passed away on August 24, 2009, at the home of his daughter, Edythe, in Lafayette, IN. He was born on February 11, 1924, in Selma, AL, the son of George B. and Velma (Richmond) Burroughs. He served in World War II as an airplane engine mechanic in the Army Air Forces from 1942-1946, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1949 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He completed graduate work at the University of Wisconsin and University of Chicago.
Mr. Burroughs began his career at Allis-Chalmers in Milwaukee and later in Cincinnati. Most of his career was spent as a Manufacturing Engineer with Western Electric Company (WECO), where he worked on the design and manufacture of Trimline, Design Line, and Special Purpose Telephone products for supply to Bell Telephone. He worked for WECO for 29 years, first at the Hawthorne plant in Chicago and then at the Omaha plant. He was then transferred to New York City, as he had been selected to teach at the Western Electric Graduate Engineering Training Center in Manhattan. He completed his career with WECO in Indianapolis, where he retired in 1985. He then consulted for the Allison Gas Turbine Division of General Motors.
He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and had served as the Vice President of the Society of American Value Engineers. He was an advisor for Junior Achievement. In his later years, he was active with the Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center where he studied Buddhism and meditation.
Mr. Burroughs was a gifted photographer, running a photography business when he was in college. He was an inveterate tinkerer who enjoyed re-engineering nearly everything that crossed his path. He was an avid reader and gardener and remained interested in politics and government policy to his last days.
Howard is survived by his children, John Inmon Burroughs of Indianapolis, Dr. Elizabeth Burroughs (Yale Sussman) of Bowling Green, OH, and Dr. Edythe Burroughs of Lafayette, and by his brother, John W. (Bobbie) Burroughs of Conway, AR. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ruth Emily Burroughs.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Guardian Angel Hospice for their caring support. Contributions in Howard's memory may be made to the Guardian Angel Hospice or the American Heart Association. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
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