James T. Burgess ’48 died on September 28, 2013, in Orleans, Massachusetts, of complications following a stroke.
He was born in Beaver, Pa., on May 30, 1927, and prepared for college at Wellesley (Mass.) High School and Huntington School. He was a Meddiebempster and member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and he graduated in 1950, after serving in the Navy on a submarine during World War II, remaining a member of the class of 1948. He had a thirty-eight-year career as an insurance industry executive in Boston, New York, and New Hampshire. He founded The Noteables, a close harmony singing group in Orleans, Mass., in 1990; served as a trustee at Snow Library and the Academy Playhouse in Orleans; volunteered as a reader for the blind in Boston; and taught English to immigrants relocating to Cape Cod. He is survived by his wife, Jean Mueller Burgess; daughters Wendy Burgess and Lauren Jones; sons Gregg and Brett D. Burgess ’85; and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased in 2009 by his first wife of sixty years, Ruth Derby Burgess.