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Obituaries: 03/01/2011

Robert Duke Burness, Jr.



Robert Duke Burness, Jr., a lifelong Bay Area resident who spent 13 active retirement years in Inverness, died at his home in Santa Rosa on Sunday, Feb. 20, of cancer, at the age of 93.

Bob was born and educated in San Francisco. He attended public schools and then Lick-Wilmerding High School in the city, trained as an accountant, and met and married Florence Waller, also of San Francisco.

Bob was assistant and then chief executive officer at Mills Memorial Hospital, San Mateo, from 1955 until his retirement in 1980. He was a well-known leader in his field in the region and the state, and served on the boards of many professional, civic, and business organizations.

Bob and Florence Burness had two daughters, Claudia (Bob) Kirkland of Eugene, OR, and Elizabeth (Paul) Mitchell of Salt Lake City, UT. Florence died in 1975.

Upon his retirement, Bob married Judy Schuknecht of San Francisco, and they moved to Inverness, where he enjoyed outdoor activities and close relationships with friends, family, and community. He served as Commodore of the Inverness Yacht Club, and was a board member of the Inverness Public Utility District, West Marin Senior Services, and West Marin Paths, among other organizations. He participated in the Tuesday Hiking Group, Rothwell Round Table, and Inverness Tennis Club, pursued his lifelong passions for bicycling and photography, and became an avid Macintosh personal computer user.

In 1993 the Burnesses moved to Oakmont, where Bob served as President of the Macintosh Users Group and Domino Club, helped to found the Oakmont Digital Photography Club, and frequented the Oakmont Fitness Center.

In addition to Claudia and Elizabeth, Bob is survived by his grandchildren, Wayne and Dean Weathers and Reed and Robbie Hallstrom, and four great grandchildren, as well as his brother Forbes (Georgia) Burness of Rocklin, and sister Marion Looney of Des Moines, Washington.

Friends are invited to join Bob’s family in a gathering of remembrance at the Oakmont West Recreation Center, 6470 Meadowridge Drive, Santa Rosa, on Saturday, March 12, at 12:30 p.m.

A favored charity is the San Francisco Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1388 Sutter Street, Suite 505, San Francisco 94109; mdausa.org/donate.



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