Robert Burns ’51 died on June 29, 2011, at his home in Rockport, Massachusetts.
He was born in Portland on April 20, 1929, and prepared for Bowdoin at Deering High School and Portland Junior College. He attended Bowdoin for two months, then served to private ﬁrst class in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in math education from Boston College in 1957 and a master’s degree in education administration from Boston University in 1960. He also attended two summer sessions at the University of Illinois with funding from the National Science Foundation. He was a math teacher in the Newton (Mass.) school system for 30 years until retiring in 1984. He also taught a year in Germany and England under a Fulbright Grant. He was a former communicant of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and a former member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. He is survived by nine nephews, Timothy Burns and Paul, Charles, Mark, William, John, David, Timothy, and Thomas Rogers; and two nieces, Susan Rogers and Elaine Wenner. He was predeceased by a brother, W. Thomas Burns in 1984; and two sisters, Ellen Rogers, in 2004, and Gloria Burns, in 2006.