Obituary for James Burst
Burst, James L. March 30th, 2017. Beloved husband for 63 years of Nora Ross Burst. Father of James Leonard (Beth Riethmann) Burst Jr., Jonathan Ross (Ruth Corwin) Burst, and Julie Burst (John Phelps Stupp Jr.) Stupp. Grandfather of Jaclynn Burst Smith and James Burst, Jonathan, Kenneth, Ross and Ruthie Burst, Nora Stupp Coggin, Julie, John, Hallie and Thomas Stupp. Jim was born in St. Louis August 6th, 1931 and attended John Burroughs High School and Washington University. Jim was an athlete of significant achievement. Most notably Jim was drafted #230 in the 1955 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals as a running back from Washington University where he was inducted into the inaugural Washington University Hall of Fame. Jim Burst (Engineering, 1955) starred in football, but also competed in basketball, baseball and track & field. Jim Burst still holds Washington's career marks for points scored, touchdowns, punt return average, kickoff return average, and yards per carry average. Jim was a First Lieutenant and served three years in the U.S. Air Force thwarting any attempt to play in the NFL. Jim was a pioneer and visionary in the tennis industry with significant accomplishments which included building and owning Woodsmill Racquet Club and Town & Country Racquet Club, now The MAC West. Jim also played a key role in the development and growth of tennis in the St Louis area including hosting numerous professional tournaments. His brother Carl Jr. helped him as a business partner at Woodsmill Racquet Club and his brother Don served as his often needed orthopedic surgeon. Maude and Carl, his mother and father and Mildred Spreck Ross his mother in law were all important in his journey. He started off his career at the family business Mill Supply and Machinery Company, from there he began his career as a well-known tennis club founder and owner. Nora and Jim were always close to his brother in law John S Ross, his wife Jody Jackes Ross and their four children. He will be remembered for his love of sports, animals and most importantly his deep faith, which included a long tenure as a beloved Sunday School teacher. Jim was a devout Presbyterian and lifelong member of Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church. There will be a memorial service at Ladue Chapel at 10:00a.m. Friday April 7th. No visitation prior to the service. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the St. Louis Humane Society, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 or Washington University, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130. Alzheimer's Association, 9370 Olive Blvd, St Louis, MO 63132. John Burroughs School, 755 South Price Road, St. Louis, MO 63124.