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Burling “Bur” Vincent McAllester ‘74

Burling Vincent McAllester, who always wanted to be called Bur, was born February 19, 1952, and died by his own hand on Monday, February 11, 2017. He was 65 years old and had been born in Middletown, Connecticut, to noted ethnomusicologist David McAllester and beloved mother, Susan.

He majored in dance at Antioch College, and upon earning his BA, spent three years as a freelance choreographer in New York City, where he mounted several full-scale productions. Moving to San Francisco, he became a craftsman and carpenter.

He was a voluminous correspondent, with many friends across the country. Locally, he loved hiking with them in the Sierra Mountains and backpacking along the Lost Coast. He joined with them in English Country Dancing in Sebastopol and attending the opera in San Francisco. An especial pleasure was the home-cooked feasts he served on his mother's china. And he read and re-read sci-fi series. The more volumes the better. He is survived by his many friends, and his sister, Bonner McAllester.

A celebration of Bur's life is planned for mid-October; for information, contact