David Burrow is single, though he says he is always looking. In many ways, he says, his family is the students he teaches. His "real" family, however, includes a sister and three brothers. David is the "baby" of the family.
Margaret, the oldest, was the very first graduate from a special honors college (Justin Morrill College) at Michigan State University. Much later in her life she received her master's degree from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She is a widow who lives in Decorah, Iowa. For years she taught Spanish in nearby Cresco. She has retired from that job but has since done translation for bilingual students and taught Spanish courses at Northeast Iowa Community College. Margaret had a step-son named Paul, and she was proud of her grandchildren. She traveled whenever and wherever she could. Margaret died from complications of leukemia on May 31, 2017.
John received his B.A. from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant. He spent most of his life working as an English teacher in Andrew, Iowa, retiring from that job in 2009. He has since had two different jobs with different departments of the U.S. government. He is married to Janet, who managed a travel agency for many years and now is an executive assistant for insurance executives. The two of them live in Maquoketa, but have traveled throughout the world. They enjoy fine dining, fitness, and participating in community theatre. John has worked a variety of minor jobs in his retirement, most notably trapping and cataloguing invasive insects for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also spends time writing short stories and poetry and working on a blog that showcases his writing.
Paul has bachelor's and master's degrees in Spanish and history from Drake University. He spent three decades teaching Spanish and history in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He then made the transition to a second career as a United Methodist minister. For several years he was a part-time pastor, working with both English and Spanish-speaking congregations. In late 2010 he began working full time for the church and is now assigned to the Perry-Fairview-Rippey circuit. Paul is married to Nancy, a retired special education instructor. Their children, Rachel and Timothy, are out of college. Rachel works as a school librarian in Norwalk, and Timothy works for Mediacom.
Steve is a graduate of Luther College. He used to teach science and social studies in Gallup, New Mexico, but he returned to the Midwest in 1998. He is now in northern Minnesota. His daughters Hannah and Michelle live in New Mexico, and son Chris is in northeast Iowa. Sadly his son Josh chose to take his own life in 2003. Steve has alternated in his career between education (working as a middle school history teacher) and clerical work.
Margaret Burrow Sullivan, David Burrow, John Burrow, Steve Burrow, and Paul Burrow
at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel
for John's "Teacher of the Year" award -- 1998
The Burrow siblings at Margaret's graduation
from Michigan State University in 1968
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