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Dr. Bobby W. Burchette
Dr. Bobby W. Burchette, educator, passed away on October 9, 2021 at the age of 75, in Lexington, Kentucky. His last years were spent as a devoted husband caring for his wife of 52 years who had suffered a debilitating stroke. His sudden battle with cancer was quick and relentless.
Growing up in the small town of Damascus, Virginia, Bobby was a friend to all and began his life-long role of supporting and encouraging others. He was at the top of his class and well-liked by his teachers and fellow students. He was the high school drum major and French horn player, Business Manager of the yearbook, and member of the Future Teachers, Library and Drama Clubs.
Bobby met the love of his life, Christine Howard Burchette when she was working in the library at Berea College in the summer of 1968. They married by the end of the year on Christine’s birthday, December 31, 1968 and built their lives together. In Bobby’s words, “She had the brains, I had the ambition, and we made a good team.” They had one daughter, Kellie, who was the light of his life and of whom he was so proud. In 1982, the whole family helped Bobby with his doctoral dissertation. Chris did much of the typing and Kellie helped mail surveys. His grandson, Gavin, was a wonderful addition to the family and also cherished.
Bobby was an English major at Berea College, earned his Master’s degree in Counseling and PhD in Education from East Tennessee State University. Bobby’s career began as a teacher. Next, he was a Financial Aid Administrator at Emory & Henry College, then a high school guidance counselor at Virginia High School, and later a college professor at Lindsey Wilson College, Transylvania University and, finally, Georgetown College as Professor of Graduate Education and Interim Dean. Bobby was a counselor, a mentor, and a sponsor for countless minority and/or disadvantaged students, always striving to have a positive impact on their lives and careers. He was the 2004 recipient of the Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (KACTE) Distinguished Service Award Winner.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents Edward Wayne Burchette and Mabel Lee Clark Burchette and is survived by his wife Christine, daughter Kellie Ann Burchette Goldstein, son-in-law David Bruce Goldstein, and precious grandson Gavin Spencer Goldstein. He will be honored in a virtual ceremony TBD. His ashes will be scattered privately by his immediate family along Indian Fort Trail, a special place for Bobby and Chris. He will always live in the hearts and minds of his family and friends who loved him, the many colleagues with whom he worked, and the countless students he mentored and taught. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Berea College in memory of Dr. Bobby W. Burchette and me as the recipient notified (kellieagoldstein@gmail.com) at: https://give.berea.edu/give/191405/?fbclid=IwAR1Cn4Rm8vNazA_MJtyRSk0uYEiqWAm1MC3t8Ig2USI11gn73Db5Cmp5Wlg#!/donation/checkout