Russell Henry Burt

Russell Henry Burt, (22) 85, Lt. Commander, Retired, US Navy, passed away May 20, 2017. Russ was born in Medford, Massachusetts, the son of Ralph Henry Burt and Lillian Manson Burt. He grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, and was a graduate of Wilbraham Academy. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, New York. Russ graduated from the United States Naval Academy, class of 1956. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, he qualified as a submarine officer. Russ then received post-graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the degrees of Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Naval Engineering. After completing more than twenty years of active duty in the Navy, Russ retired, and launched his own business, Burt, Howell and Associates-- Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.


Russ loved collecting, He was passionate about anything Mercedes Benz, and collected die-cast models, books, and Mercedes memorabilia. He also loved to travel with his wife, Hunter, visiting The British Isles, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, several Mediterranean countries, Greece, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. They enjoyed cruising and land tours.


Russ is survived by his wife of 34 years, Hunter Joyce Burt; two daughters, Elizabeth Cordell of Brentwood, TN , and Cathy Burt of Venice, FL; two sons, Richard Burt of McLean, VA and Thomas Burt and his wife Kim, of Great Falls, VA; two grandchildren , Tyler Cordell of Orlando, FL and Chelsey Cordell of Brentwood, TN.


A chapel service will be conducted at 2:30 PM, Thursday, May 25, 2017 at H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Laskin Road Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service (1:30 2:30 PM). The burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered to the family at


Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 23, 2017