Three people smile at the camera inside the Morehead-Cain Foundation.

Wynn Burrus ’20 (center) with her parents, Beth and Erik Burrus

Those who knew Wynn Burrus knew her as a remarkable person and outstanding scholar. She brought brilliance, warmth, and kindness to all of her endeavors and to everyone she met.

Wynn passed away on Tuesday, September 17, at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill. She had been hospitalized and critically ill for several days.

Wynn was a beloved scholar and member of the Carolina community. During her three years as a Tar Heel, she held multiple roles in student government and started her own tutoring business for high school students. But she spoke most fondly of Hope for Hope—the organization she founded that collects pen pal letters written by UNC students for children attending Hope Charter Leadership Academy in Raleigh. Many times, Wynn drove the letters the forty minutes from Chapel Hill to Raleigh herself.

A business administration major, Wynn thrived in engaging and intellectually challenging work. She had interned in Washington, DC, and New York City, and studied abroad at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She planned to work in finance after graduation in May.

Wynn was also well known in the Raleigh community where she grew up. A graduate of Needham B. Broughton High School, she founded a program that provides service opportunities to special needs students. Wynn also helped start Special Needs Dances for students across Wake County.

The Morehead-Cain Foundation staff is heartbroken about her sudden and seemingly inexplicable loss. Our love goes out to her family, her many friends, and all those she touched.