Dr. Chester R. Burns died December 27, 2006, while visiting family in New York.
A memorial service will be held at the Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church 2803 53rd in Galveston on Thursday, January 4, 2007, at 4 p.m.
Dr. Burns was born on December 5, 1937 in Nashville, Tennessee. After completing undergraduate studies with a major in philosophy at Vanderbilt University, he received a B.A. degree, cum laude, in 1959. Between 1959 and 1963, he attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, obtaining his M.D. in 1963.
After a one year internship, he was a Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Institute of Medicine from 1964 to 1969. In June 1969, Dr. Burns became the first American born physician to receive a Ph.D. in the history of medicine from Hopkins.
Dr. Burns became a member of the medical school faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1969 where he taught for 37 years before retiring in March of 2006.
He was the founder of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at UTMB, was the James Wade Rockwell Professor of the History of Medicine, Professor in the Department of Preventative Medicine and Community Health, and a member of the University of Texas Graduate School of the Biomedical Sciences. He published extensively during his career and was very active in numerous medical societies.
Dr. Burns is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ann Christine Griffey Burns, and his two children, Michael Derek and Margaret Christine Krause.
Derek is married to Susan and lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Christine is married to Todd and has three daughters, Amy, Megan, and Charlotte who live in Pelham, New York. Dr. Burns was active in many community organizations. He was president of the Rotary Club of Galveston in 1980-81 and served as Governor of Rotary District 5910 during 1993-1994. He was the archivist and wrote a history of the Galveston Rotary club and of the 5910 district.
Donations may be made in honor of Dr. Chester R. Burns to: The Chester Burns Alumni Scholarship Fund c/o Ann Anderson.
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