David Van Dyke Burchfield

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David Van Dyke Burchfield, born on May 15, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, passed away on Sept. 28, 2019.  He is survived by his loving wife, Sally Ann of Lake Toxaway; brother, William (Susan) of Concord; daughter, Susan (Daryl) Grieger of San Antonio, Texas; son, John (Itzel) of San Miguel, Mexico; son, James of Lake Toxaway; stepson, Kevin Brandes of New York; granddaughter, Ashton (Jimmy) McDonald of Texas; and grandson, Austin (Taraka) Grieger of Texas.

He is predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Ann; his parents, Paul and Erma Burchfield; and his brother, Paul Burchfield Jr.

He was a longtime resident of Lake Toxaway, having bought his first home there in 1986. He previously lived in Philadelphia, Michigan, New Jersey, Texas and New York City.

He attended grade school, junior high and high school in Grosse Ile, Mich., where he was president of the student council and valedictorian of his graduating class. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration.

He was a senior partner in the accounting/consulting firm, Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche), for 31 years serving in their Detroit, New York, Houston and executive offices.

In his first term in New York, He was vice chairman for the Citizens Budget Commission, and was vice president of the Opera Orchestra of New York.  He rejoined the board when he returned to New York in 1987. At that time, he was also elected president of the board of directors for the Joffrey Ballet, on which he served until his retirement.

He was treasurer, vice president and subsequently president for a two-year term of the Houston Ballet – one of the top ballet companies and schools in the country.  He was chairman of the Business Committee for the Arts, served as chairman (four years) for a major committee on the Houston Chamber of Commerce, and served on the board of Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.

He was a speaker/lecturer at the Harvard Business School, Penn State, Rice and other universities.  He was a member of advisory committees for the Accounting departments of the University of Texas and Texas A&M, and on the Business School Advisory Committee for Houston University.

In retirement, he served as secretary and then three years as president of the Board of the Lake Toxaway Property Owners Association. He served 14 years as chairman of the board for St. Andrews By-the-Lake Chapel, having previously been treasurer. He has served on committees for Brevard College. He took the responsibility for Lake Toxaway Charities in 1992 and was chairman for 18 years.

He deeply loved everyone in his family and received great love and guidance from them. He was very proud of his family and they had given him a wonderful 85 years.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at St. Andrews By-The-Lake, Lake Toxaway. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to St. Andrews By-the-Lake at P.O. Box 62, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747 or Lake Toxaway Charities at P.O. Box 163, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747.

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