Faculty Emeritus Bo Burbank Dies

Monday, January 17, 2022

Bouldin G. “Bo” Burbank P ’76, ’80, ’81, ’83, ’89, ’95, an emeritus faculty member at Mercersburg Academy who taught and coached at the school from 1962 to 1996, passed away January 14 in Massachusetts. He was 88.

Burbank served as head of two different academic departments at Mercersburg— mathematics and arts—and coached several sports, most notably squash. He and his wife, Ellie, were married for more than 60 years and had six children, all of whom are Mercersburg alumni: Brad Burbank ’76, Charlotte Burbank Fiorentino ’80, Doug Burbank ’81, Tim Burbank ’83, Amy Burbank Kelaher ’89, and Sarah Burbank ’95.

Burbank earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with minors in fine art and physics from Trinity College in Connecticut and a master’s degree in mathematics from Syracuse University; he also studied architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and received a National Science Foundation grant. He taught for five years at Tabor Academy before arriving at Mercersburg in fall 1962 with his wife and two children. Along with his classroom duties and service as an adviser and dorm parent, Burbank was the faculty adviser for Blue Review and coached football, baseball, swimming, softball, tennis, and squash; his pupils included Mark Talbott ’78, who would spend 11 years as the top-ranked hardball squash player in the world, and the 1993 girls’ squash team, which compiled an undefeated record for the first time in the program’s history.

Burbank held the school’s David F. Chapman Chair for 22 years (from 1974 until his retirement). In 1994, Mercersburg established the Bouldin G. Burbank Scholarship Fund in his honor.

Burbank was a talented studio artist and collaborated with several of his children in that field; a squash-inspired mixed media piece he created hangs above the entrance to the Davenport Squash Center on campus.

In addition to his wife and children, survivors include 11 grandchildren.

Read a published obituary from the Wanderer (a weekly publication based in Marion, MA)

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. A celebration of life will occur this summer in Plymouth, MA. Memorials may be made to the Bouldin G. Burbank Scholarship Fund at Mercersburg Academy, 100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236, or online at mercersburg.edu/give. To sign an online guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

For more information on this story, please contact Lee Owen (owenl@mercersburg.edu) in Mercersburg’s Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications.