In Memoriam : Richard Burns
Eddie McArthur - May 15, 2011 Contact this person
I am so sorry to learn of Dick's passing. He was the ultimate gentleman and simply a joy to be around! Scott and I both loved to walk with him and listen to his decades of wisdom and knowledge about the natural world. He made our time in Three Rivers special and we will remember him with love.
Lou & Estelle Christensen - May 16, 2011 Contact this person
We were sorry to hear of your granddads passing. He will be missed at our Three Rivers Senior League gatherings. He did have some wonderful stories to tell & would always have an answer to "PARK" questions.
Liz Biller - June 17, 2011 Contact this person
Dick Burns was a wonderful influence in my life. I first met Dick as a young college student when my favorite cousin, Bill Gardiner, worked for him as a naturalist. When I'd head to Sequoia for a visit, my cousin always had stories of hikes he'd taken with Dick's son, Johnny Burns. Oh, the adventures they had. After majoring in biology and becoming a high school science teacher, Dick hired me to work the Lodgepole Visitor Center desk. I was proud when he hired me to be a naturalist the next year. That first summer, Dick played matchmaker. He arranged the schedule so I had the same days off as a young, eligible, bachelor naturalist named Tom Biller. What a wonderful thing he did since I married the young naturalist and have been happily married 36 years. For nearly twenty years, I taught environmental science and biology to middle and high school students. I never forgot the lessons Dick taught me. He was a terrific man.