LELAND — Peter Shepard Burr died on Aug. 12 at the age of 80. A resident of Washington, D.C. and Leland, Peter was the son of John Read and Olivia Shepard Burr.
Raised in and outside of New York City, he was a graduate of Duke University and earned an MBA degree at the University of Michigan.
Peter began his business career in Raleigh, N.C., at IBM, where he was consistently recognized as a star salesman.
After a move to Washington, D.C. with IBM, Peter decided that he wanted his own small company and opened a residential real estate brokerage firm. He sold his first house to a young congressman named George Bush and his wife, Barbara. He later sold the last private residence to a vice president before the U.S. Naval Observatory became the permanent residence for that position. Peter was honored for his contributions to the DC Association of Realtors and had been a long-standing member, and also chairman, of its Professional Standards Committee. His company, Burr Residential Properties, was recently purchased by Sotheby’s International Realty.
Peter worked on the advance team in Ronald Reagan’s first presidential campaign in 1968 and played a role in overseeing two Inaugural Balls for President Richard Nixon, in 1968 and 1972. He served on numerous business and charitable boards in Washington, D.C., including Children’s National Medical Center, and was a member of the Leland Country Club, Leland Yacht Club, Chevy Chase Club (Chevy Chase, Md.) and the Society of Colonial Wars.
Peter is survived by his wife of 55 years, Donna Draper Burr; children, Peter Shepard “Shep” Burr II, Julia Adair Burr and William Corlett Draper “Corey” Burr; and grandchildren, Olivia, Campbell, Patrick, Wendy, Bob and Charlie Burr.
A memorial service will be held for Peter Shepard Burr at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Leland Community United Methodist Church in Leland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Peter’s memory may be made to the Leelanau Historical Society or the Leelanau Conservancy.