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Diane Axelrad Burrows1928 ~ 2013Diane Axelrad Burrows passed away peacefully on December 21, 2013 in Newport, Rhode Island at the age of 85. Born August 24, 1928 in Salt Lake City, Utah, her father was the founder of Axelrad's Furniture Store. After graduating Stanford University in 1949, she studied merchandising at Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion in NYC and became the wedding planner at Marshall Field's Department Store in Chicago. She later earned her MA from Hollins College and a Certificate of Education from Oxford University. Mrs. Burrows moved to Virginia before desegregation and was the first white teacher at Monroe Elementary School. She went on to teach English literature, poetry and drama at schools such as Seven Hills School in Lynchburg, VA; The Winsor School in Boston, MA; and Albany Academy for Girls in Albany, NY. She was a published poet and was also very active in the theater community. She starred in and directed numerous amateur stage productions of the plays of Shakespeare, Faulkner and others with "Albany Civic Theater" (ACT), Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater, and Newport's "The Incredibly Far Off Broadway Ensemble Theater" (TIFOBET). She served on the Boards of ACT and TIFOBET and was the founder of Theater Voices which aired un-staged radio broadcast performances in the Albany area. One of her most memorable roles was as Claire in a Boston production of Durrenmatt's The Visit. Mrs. Burrows is survived by her husband of 61 years, Prof. Reynold Burrows, and her two sons, Adam and Tristram. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Kol Ami of Salt Lake City.