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Obituary: H.A. Burnham, M.D.

An 11th generation Mayflower descendant and graduate of Union College, Dr. Burnham met his wife Minou in Paris during his post graduate master’s program in French literature at Middlebury College-l’Universite Paris-Sorbonne. After a stint in the Army Medical Corps and CIA in Paris, he moved the family to New York where he ultimately worked for the Upjohn Company as a pharmaceutical sales rep. Following his life-long dream to be a doctor he entered medical school at the University of Maryland, graduating in 1965.

Dr. Burnham and his family moved back to New York where he completed his residency in family practice at the Glen Cove Community Hospital, now part of the North Shore Health System. He was in private practice in Glen Cove for a number of years and then embarked upon a career in the pharmaceuticals industry serving as Senior Executive Vice President of International and Domestic Medical Affairs for such companies as Glenbrook Laboratories and Sterling Drug—now part of Sanofi—as well as Choay Labs where he launched the first mini-dose sub-cutaneous calcium heparin therapy in the US.

He was drawn back once again into clinical medicine as a clinician in medicine with the Nassau County Public Health Dept., medical director at the United Presbyterian Residence in Woodbury, Doctors Without Borders at the Shoshone Indian Nation in Elko, NV and Oneida Indian Nation in New York, Campus Medical Doctor at the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in Glen Cove, the VA Hospital at Stony brook, and served in a variety of clinical teaching positions with Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and the Residency Program and School of Practical Nursing at Glen Cove Community Hospital.

An avid promoter of Scottish culture and master of the Highland bagpipes, Dr. Burnham was honored as Clan McDuff Honorary Chieftain in 2004 and was a trustee of the Clan Gordon Highlanders PipeBand, Locust Valley. He served on the vestry of St. John’s of Lattingtown Episcopal Church, Locust Valley, and was a trustee of the Hawley Home Foundation for indigent and orphan children in Saratoga Springs.

Medical Society memberships included the AMA, Pan American Medical Society, N.Y. State Medical Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Fertility Society and Nu Sigma Nu.

Dr. Burnham is survived by his wife Minou of 62 years, two children: Philippe, his spouse Susan; Mimi, her spouse Cheryl, and two grandchildren, Ben and Josh. His passion for public health, clinical medicine, sailing, the arts, French and Scottish culture touched many lives. He was dearly beloved and respected by his many friends and family and will be sorely missed.

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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