Alice Elizabeth Burr, 75, died Wednesday morning of injuries suffered while attempting to flee from her burning home in Linden, Va.
Both she and her husband, retired Army lieutenant colonel Samuel E. Burr Jr., fell on the ice in front of their home, which is near Front Royal.
Col. Burr, 84, who broke both legs in the fall, attempted to crawl to a neighbor's house for help for his wife, but collapsed. It was some time before help arrived, he said yesterday from his bed in Warren Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of fractures, severe smoke inhalation and exposure. Mrs. Burr was pronounced dead on arrival there.
Mrs. Burr and her two children moved to Washington during World War II while her husband was serving abroad.
After the war, Col. Burr joined his family here and began a 23-year career as a professor of education and a dean at American University. Mrs. Burr studied French to help him with his research, accompanied him on a sabbatical trip to Europe and acted as his interpreter.
After living near Ft. Worth, Tex., for several years, they returned to this area in 1972 to a new home on a mountainside near Front Royal.
Mrs. Burr was born in Jobstown, N.J., and was a graduate of Rider College in Trenton. She taught high school in New Jersey for several years before resigning to raise her family.
During her years in Virginia, Mrs. Burr was active in Leeds Parish Episcopal Church in Markham.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Samuel E. III, of Wheeling, I11., and seven granchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Alice E. Burr Memorial Fund at Leeds Parish Episcopal Church.