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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

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Long Islanders taking mass transit may find themselves caught up in the mad dash of the holiday rush. But on the Oyster Bay line, riders are lucky in that they don’t experience the same level of stress over parking as some of the busier lines do.

“The Oyster Bay station never seems to get that crowded, but we’ll see what happens during Thanksgiving holiday when a lot of people come to visit families. I don’t think I’ll have a problem commuting, though,” says Michael Miniero, an Oyster Bay resident who regularly commutes to work on the LIRR.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

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Opera Night

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