TAMPA, Fla. -- David J. Burns, 72, died at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa on Feb. 27, 2005.
He was born in Wichita, Kan., on Jan. 18, 1933, the son of Robert J. Burns and Faye Hazel Burns.
Mr. Burns served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950 to 1958. He attended the University of Kansas and received a bachelor's degree in Spanish. In 1964, he moved to Brattleboro, Vt., where he directed the foreign language department of The Experiment in International Living's School for International Training.
In this position, he also served as language coordinator for several Peace Corps projects. In 1966, the Peace Corps sent Mr. Burns to Honolulu, Hawaii, to train linguists to work in Vietnam.
He attended the University of Hawaii and received a master's in linguistics. The Peace Corps assigned him to Micronesia in 1968 and to India in 1970, to establish, supervise and maintain language training for Peace Corps volunteers.
Moving to Monterey in 1973, he was employed by the Defense Language Institute as a chairman in various departments developing and supervising language programs. He spent several years working for the U.S. Department of Defense in Heidelberg, Germany. He retired in Salinas, Calif., in 1992 where he volunteered as a driver for Meals on Wheels.
Mr. Burns was a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Linguistic Society. He was also a member and commander of American Legion Post 31 and 589 in Salinas. In 2001, he moved to Tampa, where he was active with the VA hospital as a volunteer.
He is survived by his two daughters, Susanne Burns and Christina Burns Riddoch of Monterey, Calif., and a grandson, Dustin Burns of Las Vegas, Nev.
On Sunday, thanks to the Monterey Bay Veterans Sports Fishing Rehab Center, Mr. Burns' ashes will be scattered at sea at noon. Donations may be made to Meals on Wheels in Salinas or the Disabled Veterans Sportfishing Rehab Center on Cannery Row.
There will be a memorial reception for Brattleboro area friends and colleagues at the residence of Lou and Tom Zopf, 251 Camp Arden Road, in Dummerston, Vt., on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.u