Sunday, February 28, 2010
Burton Kevin Shields, 74, a U.S. Department of Agriculture photographer, audio-visual
producer and speechwriter, died of lung cancer Feb. 22 at the Montgomery Hospice Casey
House in Rockville.
Mr. Shields worked for the USDA for 29 years and was an information specialist when he
retired in 1994.
A native Washingtonian, he was a child actor who frequently performed in plays at Catholic
University. After his 1954 graduation from St. John's College High School, he worked
with his brothers as a freelance photographer for two years, then served as a "jumping
medic" in the Army's 81st Airborne Division.
He joined the USDA in 1965.
In retirement, Mr. Shields volunteered at addiction treatment programs, where he was a
mentor. He enjoyed playing the piano, fishing and bowling.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Louise Shields of Olney; three daughters, Maureen
Shields Lorenzetti of Bethesda, Christine Shields of Boulder, Colo., and Felicia Shields
Lightfoot of Columbia; a brother, William Shields of Greenbelt; three sisters, Mary Rose
Whelan of Mill Valley, Calif., Claire Sanford of Silver Spring and Kathryn Behe of College
Park; and four grandchildren.
-- Patricia Sullivan