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Kenneth Alexander Burgess ’39

Published in Mar. 8, 1998, issue

Ken died Aug. 25, 1997, at Delaware Valley Medical Center near his home in Morrisville, Pa., where he lived most of his life.

Having majored in chemistry, Ken earned his master's in science at Penn State and spent his entire career as director of research at Columbian Carbon/Cities Service before retiring in 1982. The only exception was his tour of active duty with the Navy from 1941-46, serving in the southwestern and central Pacific before going on the inactive list as lieutenant commander. A member of the American Chemical Society and American Society of Testing Materials, he wrote scientific papers for several scientific journals. He was rector's warden and served on the vestry of the Church of the Incarnation in Yardley, Pa.

Ken and the late Jean Waldron were married in 1942. They are survived by two daughters, Gillian Burgess-Sallee and Andrena Wishnie, two sons, Kenneth and Ross, and nine grandchildren. To all of them we offer our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939

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