Established in 2012

Barbara Howard became Mrs. George Burrus on June 8, 1953, the Monday after she graduated from Peabody College. The bride watched her husband, George, graduate from Vanderbilt University College of Medicine in 1955. What soon followed was the beginning of a new family and a lifetime of adventure and service. The young Burrus Family boarded the Queen Elizabeth I in July 1962 to travel to India for five years of medical mission work. Subsequently, the family moved to Africa. This life abroad in service to others serves as touchstone for three generations of family members who recommend grants from the Ellen and Roger Burrus Endowed Advised Fund. Giving is done so in memory of Ellen and Roger Burrus, for whom the Fund is named, and Dr. George Burrus whose charitable nature has been passed down to his children and grandchildren.