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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

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

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Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com