Paul Louis McBurney |

Paul Louis McBurney

Paul Louis McBurney, 70, died Jan. 20, 2009, at Valley View Hospital.

Dr. McBurney was born in Temple, Texas, Feb.14, 1938. He graduated in 1960 with bachelors of arts and master of science degrees from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and received his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1965, where he was named Outstanding Student in Psychiatry and received the Award for General Excellency in Psychiatry.

He moved with his family to Carbondale in 1973 where he and his wife founded the Marble Retreat, a psychiatric counseling center for clergy and their spouses. As director of the Marble Retreat, Dr. McBurney helped to counsel over 3,000 church leaders. In 2001, he and Melissa received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Christian Counselors. He retired as director of the Marble Retreat in 2003.

Dr. McBurney was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). He wrote numerous articles for publication and authored Every Pastor Needs A Pastor, Counseling Christian Workers, and most recently, Real Questions, Real Answers About Sex (Zondervan Book Publishers).

Dr. McBurney was active in the Roaring Fork Valley in many different capacities, and served as an elder at the Church at Redstone from its inception in 1977.

He loved camping, hiking, skiing, and traveling, he visited all seven continents. Also an avid runner, he ran his first marathon in 2003 and his second in 2008.

Dr. McBurney is survived by his wife of 47 years, Melissa; sons Bruce McBurney of Tempe, Ariz. and Brent McBurney of Alexandria, Va.; daughter Andrea Meador of Lewisville, Texas; brother Robert McBurney of Temple, Texas; sisters Alice Tomlin of Pendleton, Texas and sister Anne Troutman of Cary, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to the Marble Retreat, or honor Louis by volunteering in your local church and community, as he did.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Church at Carbondale.

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