Ada Emily Andrews1,2

#1231, b. October 1869, d. 12 April 1915
     Ada Emily Andrews was born in October 1869 in San Francisco, California, USA.3 She was the daughter of Frederick J. Andrews.4 She married Robert Duke Burness, son of John Young Burness and Mary Ann Forbes, circa 1897.3,1 She died on 12 April 1915 in San Francisco, California, USA, at age 45.5

Children of Ada Emily Andrews and Robert Duke Burness

Citations

  1. Family Tree of John Young Burness.
  2. Research of Lawrence Ruxton Burness.
  3. 1900 US Census, California.
  4. 1880 US Census, California.
  5. Research of James Edward Burness.
  6. 1910 US Census, California.

Dorothy Ada Burness1

#1232, b. 26 December 1898, d. 11 July 1989
     Dorothy Ada Burness was born on 26 December 1898 in California, USA.2 She was the daughter of Robert Duke Burness and Ada Emily Andrews.3,4,5 She married Charles Knudson Ross circa 1920.6,7 She died on 11 July 1989 in San Luis Obispo County, California, USA, at age 90.2

Children of Dorothy Ada Burness and Charles Knudson Ross

Citations

  1. IGI.
  2. California Department of Health Services, California Death Index 1940-1997.
  3. 1900 US Census, California.
  4. 1910 US Census, California.
  5. 1920 US Census, California.
  6. Research of James Edward Burness.
  7. 1930 US Census, California.

Verel J. Burness1

#1233, b. 31 March 1901, d. 4 April 1986
     Verel J. Burness was born on 31 March 1901 in San Francisco, California, USA.2,3 She was the daughter of Robert Duke Burness and Ada Emily Andrews.1,4,5 She married William Burr Robbins.3 She died on 4 April 1986 in Carmel, Monterey County, California, USA, at age 85.2,6

Citations

  1. 1910 US Census, California.
  2. California Department of Health Services, California Death Index 1940-1997.
  3. Family Tree of John Young Burness.
  4. 1920 US Census, California.
  5. 1930 US Census, California.
  6. Research of James Edward Burness.

Jean Audry Burness1

#1234, b. 4 February 1908, d. 28 August 1991
     Jean Audry Burness was born on 4 February 1908 in San Francisco, California, USA.2,3 She was the daughter of Robert Duke Burness and Ada Emily Andrews.4,5 She married Richard Marion White on 4 August 1934 in San Francisco, California, USA.6 She died on 28 August 1991 in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, USA, at age 83.1,6

Children of Jean Audry Burness and Richard Marion White

Citations

  1. Family Tree of Robert Duke Burness.
  2. Family Tree of John Young Burness.
  3. RootsWeb.com, California Birth Index.
  4. 1910 US Census, California.
  5. 1920 US Census, California.
  6. Research of James Edward Burness.

Arthur Douglas Burness1

#1235, b. 2 March 1900, d. 30 January 1929
     Arthur Douglas Burness was born on 2 March 1900 in San Francisco, California, USA.2,1 He was the son of Robert Duke Burness and Ada Emily Andrews.2,3,1 He died on 30 January 1929 in San Francisco, California, USA, at age 28.4

Citations

  1. Ancestry.com, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards 1917-18.
  2. 1900 US Census, California.
  3. 1910 US Census, California.
  4. Ancestry.com, California Death Index 1905-1939.

William Burr Robbins1

#1237, b. 20 July 1898, d. 23 January 1988
     William Burr Robbins was born on 20 July 1898 in California, USA.2 He married Verel J. Burness, daughter of Robert Duke Burness and Ada Emily Andrews.3 He died on 23 January 1988 in Carmel, Monterey County, California, USA, at age 89.2,1

Citations

  1. Research of James Edward Burness.
  2. California Department of Health Services, California Death Index 1940-1997.
  3. Family Tree of John Young Burness.

Richard Marion White

#1238, b. 8 July 1910, d. 25 September 2003
     Richard Marion White was born on 8 July 1910 in Paso Robles, California, USA.1,2 He married Jean Audry Burness, daughter of Robert Duke Burness and Ada Emily Andrews, on 4 August 1934 in San Francisco, California, USA.2 He died on 25 September 2003 in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, USA, at age 93.3

Children of Richard Marion White and Jean Audry Burness

Citations

  1. Research of Lori Whitehead.
  2. Research of James Edward Burness.
  3. SSDI.
  4. Family Tree of John Young Burness.

Marion Edith Williams1

#1239, b. 5 May 1890, d. 23 September 1979
     Marion Edith Williams was born on 5 May 1890 in Buffalo, New York, USA.2,3 She was the daughter of Louis Abbey Williams and Mary Robinson.2 She married Robert Duke Burness, son of John Young Burness and Mary Ann Forbes, on 28 April 1916 in San Francisco, California, USA.1,4 She died on 23 September 1979 in San Francisco, California, USA, at age 89.5,3

Children of Marion Edith Williams and Robert Duke Burness

Citations

  1. FamilySearch, California County Marriages, 1850-1952.
  2. Social Security Application.
  3. Ancestry.com, California Death Index, 1940-1997.
  4. Family Tree of John Young Burness.
  5. Burness Family Tree BS1-09 by Lawrence Ruxton Burness.
  6. 1920 US Census, California.
  7. 1930 US Census, California.
  8. 1940 US Census, California.

Robert Duke Burness

#1240, b. 9 March 1917, d. 20 February 2011
     Robert Duke Burness was born on 9 March 1917 in San Francisco, California, USA.1,2 He was the son of Robert Duke Burness and Marion Edith Williams.3,4,5 He married Florence Anne Waller, daughter of Phillip Hahn Waller and Merritta Elizabeth Brown, on 12 August 1939 in Hollister, San Benito County, California, USA.3 He died on 20 February 2011 in Oakmont, Santa Rosa, California, USA, at age 93.6
     Obituary: Robert D. Burness Jr., a San Francisco native and a hospital executive whose career spanned 35 years, died at his Oakmont home on Feb. 20 after a long illness. He was 93. Burness was an active member of the Oakmont community for almost 20 years. He was chief executive officer of Mills Memorial Hospital in San Mateo from 1955 to 1980, a period that saw major transformations in health care. “Hospital administrators these days never hold a job for 35 years; it is usually four or five,” said his wife, Judy, of Santa Rosa. “I think he had great dignity and great self control and was very fair and very warm and very thoughtful,” she said. “Consequently, even when he was dealing with difficult people, people always wanted to behave well around him. He brought out the best in people.” Burness attended Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, where he was trained as an accountant. He worked at Langendorf Bakery before joining an accounting firm that assigned him to Mills Memorial Hospital. The hospital hired him as an assistant administrator and then later he was appointed the chief executive officer, a post he held for 25 years and through changes in the health care system that included the introduction of Medicare and government funding and regulation. “If he had retired one year earlier, he would never have experienced a nurses’ strike, that is how different it was in those days,” his wife said. “There was always the issue of balancing the doctors and the board and the nurses and the other employees. He adjusted to them and dealt with them.” Burness was a fellow and regent of the American College of Hospital Administrators, president of the California Hospital Association and a board member of other civic, professional and business groups. The couple moved to Inverness after Burness retired, where he was a member of the Inverness Yacht Club and served on the boards of the Inverness Public Utility District, West Marin Senior Services and West Marin Paths. Even in retirement he was always taking a leadership role, his wife said. “He wasn’t that much of a joiner, but when he was interested in something, he was willing to put in his time,” she said. At Oakmont, he helped found the digital photography club, was president of the domino club and helped organize the computer learning center. He was also an avid cyclist. “We bicycled through Scotland on our own, through the border country, 500 miles in May one year, it was a wonderful trip,” Judy Burness said. Besides his wife, he is survived by daughters Claudia Kirkland of Eugene, Ore., and Elizabeth Mitchell of Salt Lake City, Utah; four grandsons and four great-grandchildren; a brother, Forbes Burness of Rocklin; and a sister, Marion Looney of Des Moines, Wash. A memorial service will be held at the Oakmont West Recreation Center at 12:30 p.m. on March 12.6

     Obituary: Robert Duke Burness Jr., former chief administrator at Mills Memorial Hospital and president of the California Hospital Association and San Mateo Downtown Association, died Feb. 20 at the age of 93. Burness' grandson, Foster City resident Wayne Weathers, said the cause of death was cancer. His grandfather had been battling the illness for the past year and a half. Burness was born in San Francisco and spent much of his life on the Peninsula, including stays in Burlingame and San Mateo. He was trained as an accountant in his early adulthood and married fellow Bay Area resident Florence Waller. In 1949, the San Mateo hospital currently known as Mills Health Center hired Burness as an assistant administrator. He became chief executive officer six years later. Burness, one of the "movers and shakers" in the industry, oversaw the implementation of Medicare at the hospital and worked there during two major renovations, his grandson said. Described by Weathers as a born leader, Burness was also a fellow and regent of the American College of Hospital Administrators and an active Kiwanian. After his first wife passed away in 1975, Burness married San Francisco resident Judy Shucknecht a few years later. He retired in 1980, and the two moved to Marin County. In his retirement, Burness enjoyed such hobbies as hiking, biking, photography and tennis. Burness traveled frequently and in his late 70s completed a bike ride with friends from Oregon to Idaho. Burness and his wife moved in 1993 to Santa Rosa, where he became president of a Macintosh users' group and a domino club and founded his own digital photography club. Weathers described his grandfather as set in his morals yet open-minded and approachable, always interested in new technology and fresh ways of doing things. "He's kind of a strong-principled, Scottish grandfather," Weathers said. "Kind of quiet, always an intellectual and easy to talk to, but definitely firm in his beliefs." Burness is survived his wife, two siblings, two daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for 12:30 p.m. on March 12 at West Recreation Center at Oakmont Village, 6575 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa.7

Citations

  1. Burness Family Tree BS1-09 by Lawrence Ruxton Burness.
  2. RootsWeb.com, California Birth Index.
  3. FamilySearch, California County Marriages, 1850-1952.
  4. 1920 US Census, California.
  5. 1930 US Census, California.
  6. Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California.
  7. Mercury News, San Jose, California.
  8. Research of James Edward Burness.