The figure skating branch of the family. . . .
Peter Burrows, a.k.a. "Mr. B"
July 27, 1938-April 9, 2014
Peter Burrows was a prominent World and Olympic figure skating coach. Born in Manchester, England, he was a former British champion at various levels, as well as a European and World team member. He emigrated to the United States in 1966 at the invitation of Hans Gerschwiler, and initially worked in the South Mountain Arena in New Jersey. Burrows trained a luminous constellation of successful figure skaters during his fifty year coaching career including, among others, Dorothy Hamill, Suna Murray, Gale and Joel Fuhrman, Charlene von Saher, Anita Thornfeldt, Allison Oki, Elaine Zayak, Rocky Marval, Calla Urbanski, Ralph Burghart, Michael Chack, Mark Mitchell, Jason Briggs, Dana Mednick, Jason Dungjen, Kyoko Ina, Lenny Raney, Tamar Katz, Samantha Cesario and Christine Mozer. His impressive teaching record included producing 14 Olympians, 26 World team members and numerous United States national medalists. Burrows coached at Sport-O-Rama in Monsey, New York, where he was the executive director of figure skating for over thirty-five years, and had a decades-long teaching partnership with master coach Mary Lynn Gelderman. Burrows was a Professional Skaters Guild master rated coach, inducted into the PSGA Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Imperial Profession Skating Union Gold Medal Award for training a world champion. He judged numerous professional skating competitions, and mentored many younger coaches. Burrows simultaneously pursued several business enterprises, operating figure skating schools throughout the New York region, including the Peter Burrows Skating Center at Iceland in New Hyde Park for 19 years. He consulted for ice arenas in the tri-state New York area, as well as in Florida and Scotland. In his spare time, Peter loved to play golf and squash.
With Dorothy Hamill, Elaine Zayak, Jason Dungjen and Kyoko Ina.
With Mary Lynn Gelderman, Julie Wasserman, Mark Mitchell. Middle photo: with Jason Briggs. Right: inscribed photo from Michael Chack.
From left to right: Christine Mozer, Peter Burrows, Samantha Cesario and Mary Lynn Gelderman.
Peter Burrows passed away on April 9, 2014, after a valiant struggle with a brief illness, teaching up until three weeks before his death. He was 75. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, coach and former ballerina Katherine Healy Burrows.
Princeton University, Prospect Gardens, 1997
The outpouring of gratitude and love from his friends and former students upon his passing has been inexpressibly moving. Many of his students went on to be successful in fields other than skating, and attribute much of their discipline and work ethic to their time spent training with him. A number of other students became renowned skating coaches in their own right. In an icenetwork.com article in 2008 (link below), Liz Leamy wrote that "this group includes Robin Wagner, who taught Sarah Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion; Lori Nichol, the acclaimed international choreographer; Ken Congemi, the coaching partner of Frank Carroll who works with Bebe Liang, the top-ranked U.S. ladies contender; Elaine Zayak, who teaches Kristine Gong, the 2009 North Atlantic junior ladies silver medalist; and Tracy Doyle Lund, the former coach of Katrina Hacker, the top-seeded U.S. ladies contender." Coach Billy Thompson described him on Facebook as "a coach's coach." Former pupil Tom Incantalupo is a master-rated, PSA Level V national and international coach, regional IJS technical specialist and now supervises his own stable of talented and accomplished competitive figure skaters. In September 2013, Peter's final guest teaching engagement, one which gave him great joy, was at the invitation of Incantalupo, and took place in Minneapolis at the Braemar Arena.
Peter Burrows and Tom Incantalupo
Peter Burrows left a deep and lasting legacy in his students over the years, and made a significant contribution to the sport of figure skating in the United States through his development of American skaters at all levels.
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