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Hugh C. Burroughs

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Paella
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Give It Your Best Shot And After That, Let It Be.

Birthplace

Born:
2/6/1940

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Paella
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Give It Your Best Shot And After That, Let It Be.

Birthplace

Born:
2/6/1940
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Biography

Hugh C. Burroughs was born on February 6, 1940, in Trinidad & Tobago. His father, Vernon Burroughs, was a shoemaker and shoe repairman. His mother, Evalina, was a homemaker. Burroughs is the eldest of five children. He attended elementary and high school in Trinidad, graduating from high school at the age of sixteen. Between 1957 and 1962, Burroughs worked as a civil servant. He moved to New York City in 1962 to study economics at Columbia University. Burroughs received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia. In 1967, he began work at the university as an assistant dean of students. In this position, Burroughs gained experience speaking with various foundations that donated funds to the university.

Burroughs was then hired as the Associate Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Program at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. In 1971, he worked as an executive staff member at the John Hay Whitney Foundation. He was invited to California in 1977 to be a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. While working at the Hewlett Foundation, he created a series of grants that encouraged the development of the City of East Palo Alto in California. Burroughs later became vice-president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He left the Kaiser Foundation to work for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation as Director of External Affairs. Burroughs managed the relationships with government officials, the public at large and other nonprofit leaders.

In 2000, music legend Berry Gordy asked Burroughs to head the Berry Gordy Family Foundation. In 2003, Burroughs decided to work as a part-time foundation management consultant. During his thirty-five year long philanthropic career, he has been a member and chair of the Association of Black Foundation Executives and served as a board member of the Council on Foundations, Northern California Grantmakers, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Women in Philanthropy.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Hugh C. Burroughs' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Hugh C. Burroughs lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes British colonial rule of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Hugh C. Burroughs remembers his early home life in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his relationship with his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Hugh C. Burroughs remembers his community in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes the impact of British colonial rule on his life outlook
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes the sugarcane plantation industry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Hugh C. Burroughs reflects upon his childhood in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his elementary schooling in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Hugh C. Burroughs recalls attending Arouca E.C. School in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his high school experience in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Hugh C. Burroughs recalls his high school teachers' encouragement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Hugh C. Burroughs remembers his childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Hugh C. Burroughs remembers his career options
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his family's relationship to church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Hugh C. Burroughs recalls his start in civil service in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Hugh C. Burroughs recalls contributing to his family financially
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes transportation in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Hugh C. Burroughs explains his decision to move to the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Hugh C. Burroughs remembers living with his uncle in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Hugh C. Burroughs recalls his early years at Columbia University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his undergraduate studies at Columbia University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Hugh C. Burroughs remembers working in Columbia University's dean's office
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Hugh C. Burroughs recalls how his foundation career began
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his work at the John Hay Whitney Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Hugh C. Burroughs reflects upon his foundation work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes the importance of networking to foundation work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Hugh C. Burroughs explains the dearth of minority foundation executives
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his work for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Hugh C. Burroughs recalls the development of East Palo Alto, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his work for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Hugh C. Burroughs explains the various types of foundations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Hugh C. Burroughs remembers Barbara Jordan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Hugh C. Burroughs recalls his work at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his time at the Berry Gordy Family Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his work since retirement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Hugh C. Burroughs recalls his decision to stay in the United States after college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Hugh C. Burroughs remembers the impact of Malcolm X
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Hugh C. Burroughs remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Hugh C. Burroughs explains how foundations have changed since the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes the role of foundations in medical study funding
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Hugh C. Burroughs talks about James A. Joseph
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Hugh C. Burroughs reflects upon his values
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Hugh C. Burroughs reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes his proudest accomplishments
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Hugh C. Burroughs describes how he would like to be remembered