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Burr Datz '75 Moves to New Position

— by on January 13th, 2010

Burr Datz ’75, director of leadership development and coordinator of religious life at Washington and Lee since 2000, has been named the campus minister for Lexington’s St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. His last day in his W&L position was Dec. 31, but he’s still going to be much in evidence around his alma mater since he’ll be working with both W&L and Virginia Military Institute students in the new position. Burr held a number of positions at W&L, including assistant food service director under Jerry Darrell from 1977 to 1979 and then assistant proctor and later assistant director of security under the late Charles F. (Murphy) Murray from 1979 to 1988. He previously served as St. Patrick’s campus minister from 1988 to 2001. Generations of alumni will remember Burr in all those different positions, but they will also know him for his music. He has played guitar with a number of different groups, including Greenhouse, Loose Change and Monrovia. The community will have a chance to thank Burr for his years of service at a reception in the Elrod Commons Living Room on Jan. 21 at 2 p.m.