William Burwell - Chairman at Brush Development
291 Corning Drive
William Burwell first got interested in investment banking through Cyrus Eaton, his wife’s cousin. The great depression caused him to go broke in 1929. By 1937 he had become solvent. He was in charge of the New York office of Otis & Co., when the president of the Brush Development Company, a manufacturer of audio, phonographic products and magnetic recording technologies, interested him in coming to Cleveland.
He became chairman of Brush Development, president of Brush Laboratories Co., director, and treasurer of the Brush Beryllium Co. Brush merged with Cleveland Graphite Bronze Company in 1952. The name was changed to Clevite Inc.
He was also director of Associated Industries and Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. and associated with International Shares, Inc. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Otis Elevator Company.
William Russell Burwell was born in 1894 in Rhode Island. He earned a B.A. in 1915 and an M.A. in 1916 from Brown University. As a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, he received a bachelor’s and master’s degree and in 1921 he was the first American scholar to receive a doctor of philosophy from Oxford. All degrees were in mathematics.
He married Aubrey Eaton in 1922. Her father was Congressman Charles C. Eaton of New Jersey. They had three children: Robert W., Nancy Anstis (Atchley) born on August 28, 1924, and Richard Eaton born on March 14, 1930.
Volunteer activities included the president of the Cleveland Institute of Music and a trustee of Denison and Brown Universities.
The Burwells had a summer residence in Sanbornville, New Hampshire. Since his retirement in 1952, he had made his home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
William died in November 1971 in Funchal, Portugal, where he had spent winters for the previous six years.