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Burt McMurtry, longtime Stanford leader and champion for the arts, dies at 83

Burt McMurtry, who died Sept. 2, helped shape Stanford’s academic initiatives over four decades through his work as an adviser and volunteer.

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Sep 13 2018

Burton “Burt” J. McMurtry, a highly regarded Stanford leader, volunteer and philanthropist, died peacefully at his home in Palo Alto on Sept. 2 surrounded by family. He was 83.

McMurtry was renowned in Silicon Valley as an early venture capital investor. At Stanford, he was equally influential, shaping academic initiatives over the course of four decades through his work as an adviser and volunteer. He served on Stanford’s Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2008, including four years as chair. Earlier this year, McMurtry and his wife, Deedee, received Stanford’s Degree of Uncommon Man and Degree of Uncommon Woman, the university’s highest award honoring alumni.