Burr Odell, 1914-2010
A Huskey from the Start

Burr Odell
Burr Odell, ’37, thought to be one of the last surviving University of Washington alumni to attend the first game ever played in Husky Stadium, in 1920, died Dec. 7. He was 96.

Odell was 6 years old when he went with his dad, Mark, to the then brand-new stadium on the Montlake Cut on Nov. 27, 1920. The Huskies lost 28-7 to Dartmouth.

Burr’s love for the Huskies grew from there, as he went on to attend 330 Husky football games and six Rose Bowls. He entered the University in 1929 at the age of 15, but dropped out after one quarter because he felt he wasn’t mature enough. He returned to school in 1933 and graduated in 1937 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

He rowed on the UW’s lightweight crew as a freshman in 1934. No wonder; his father was instrumental in creating the UW’s crew program in the early 1900s.

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