Burrill L. Crohn

Burrill L. Crohn
January 11, 1934 – October 29, 2021

Burrill Crohn passed away peacefully on October 29, 2021 with family by his side after living with multiple myeloma for years.

Burrill was born in France and moved to New York as an only child with his parents at age six. He grew up in New York City, graduated from Goddard College, and after many years, moved to Woodstock where he enjoyed a wonderful community of friends. In 2013 Burrill emigrated to California to be with his west coast family and good friends.

Burrill was an accomplished documentary filmmaker whose work about jazz has been televised on major networks all over the world, has been shown in numerous film festivals and is archived in the Library of Congress. Burrill won a Cable Ace Award in 1987 (now an Emmy) for his History of Jazz series. Most recently he made a film about Sangeeta Michael Berardi, a virtuoso guitarist, called Playing With Parkinson’s.

Burrill was a multidimensional, creative person with heartfelt interests in Shamanism, psychology, art, poetry, and nature. More than anything he valued his friendships. His humor, warmth, love of jazz, and nature walks were a part of his friendships and everyday life. He played his trumpet, his faithful companion, every day.

Burrill is survived by his former wife Madeleine Crohn, cousins Laurie Roth, Joshua Bastacky, Jacob Bastacky, Susie Dickler, and close friends everywhere.

There will be a Zoom memorial service on January 11th at the Pacific ocean as he requested. His ashes will be spread at his beloved Cooper Lake in the spring.

Donations can be made to the San Geronimo Valley Community Center where Burrill enjoyed years of great ping pong.

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