Eugene A. "Tony" Burns

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Eugene A. "Tony" Burns was born in San Diego, CA, April 25, 1931, and grew up in Chula Vista, CA. He was a third generation native Californian and his family had a number of school teachers and principals. Tony played trumpet and piano, loved musical plays, popular music and was an enthusiastic dancer.

Tony and his wife Kay met at Pomona College where they participated in scholastic activities, sports and music. He was a chemistry major and upon graduation he and his wife moved to Cambridge, MA, where Tony obtained a PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry from MIT.

While in Massachusetts, Tony and Kay traveled up and down the eastern seaboard, and back and forth to California, crossing the country by different routes to visit many states. Over the years, they also traveled to Europe, Hawaii, Canada, and spent many summers on Balboa Island.

Upon receiving his doctorate from MIT, Tony was employed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, where he worked on development of rocket fuels for Sputnik and other successful rocket launchings. His other career choices were Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA and Thompson Ramo Woolridge (TRW) in Redondo Beach. CA. He established the Chemistry Laboratory at S-Cubed in Del Mar, CA. Many of Tony's proposals to the Environmental Protection Agency for research have been accepted. Tony also has many patents for inventions relating to his field.

Tony and Kay were married 62 years and had three children; Karen Burns, Kristy Michel and Kevin Burns (deceased) and four grandchildren; Dustin Michel, Derrick Michel, Anthony Burns and Raymond Oakes.

In 1998, after retirement, Tony and Kay moved to Carpinteria where they remodeled the Cadwell family home on Montvalmar Ranch (the original home is over 100 years old and was constructed by Kay's ancestors and avocado growers the Cadwell's). Tony was 82 years old when he passed away peacefully, painlessly and quickly in this home on January 11, 2014.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 25th at 3pm at the Carpinteria Cemetery with a reception at Montvalmar Ranch immediately following. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26, 2014
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