Burrus R. Williams, 74, a local musician and piano teacher for more than 50 years who had played piano at the Old Europe Restaurant for the past 18 years, died of a heart attack Nov. 28 at his Washington home.
A lifelong Washington resident, Mr. Williams graduated from old Central High School and Washington College of Music. He attended George Washington University.
He began playing and studying piano as a child and began teaching rudimentary piano at about the age of 10. He subsequently taught both classical and modern piano at several studios here and at his Washington home. c
Over the years, he regularly performed at popular night spots such as the old Heigh-Ho Club, the Lotus Restaurant on 14th Street, the Carlton Hotel, now the Sheraton-Carlton, the old Capital Theater and the Silver Fox Restaurant on upper Wisconsin Avenue.
Mr. Williams often played at the White House During the Roosevelt administration. According to a restaurant spokesman, he also had built up a devoted clientele at the Old Europe, where he performed five nights a week. He last appeared there Thanksgiving night, the evening before he was stricken.
He was an active member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Chevy Chase.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys J., of Washington; a daughter, Linda W. Haas of Potomac; a sister, Margaret W. Flournoy of Woodbridge, and two grandsons.