Richard Scott Burriss J.D. ’66 was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Valentine’s Day in 1940—and spread love from that day on. He spent his early years in Los Alamos, New Mexico, later graduating from Towson High. After receiving a B.S. from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he earned his law degree while simultaneously working for Lockheed in what was to become Silicon Valley. He began his law practice in 1967 in Los Altos, relocated the law firm to Mountain View in 1979, and spent more than 50 years practicing business law. Dick mentored over 100 law students and young lawyers, taught at nearby San Jose State, and served as judge pro tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court; he never retired from the practice of law. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and camping. He took great pride in his bird dogs and in putting his horse through the paces in barrel racing and trail riding competitions. He took up golf about 40 years too late but nevertheless enjoyed playing whenever he could. He lived with his family in the Santa Cruz Mountains for 40 years and became a full-time resident of Kauai after spending up to six months a year there since 1981. Dick died peacefully on July 19, 2018, at home in Kapa`a, Hawaii, with family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Susan Shepard Howie Burriss ’78, and children Catherine Scott Burriss (Elaine Tse), Robert Howie (Jill), and Brian Howie, as well as grandchildren Samantha, Robert, Boedhe, and Harper. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley W Burriss and Teresa Montesano Burriss, both of San Jose. Dick will be remembered for his generosity, his kindness, and his quick wit.

08 Nov 2018