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Dr. Ned Hamilton Burns

Austin, Texas

Nov 25, 1932 – Nov 5, 2016 (Age 83)

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Ned Hamilton Burns, born November 25, 1932 in Magnolia, AR, died peacefully in his sleep November 5, 2016 at the Arbour at Westminster in Austin. Ned was the youngest of 6 children born to Ila Martin Burns and Andrew Louis Burns. He graduated as valedictorian from Texas High School in...

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I am so sad to learn of this loss. Dr. Burns was instrumental in helping me to return to college in UT's masters program in spite of the fact that my undergraduate degree was from Texas A&M. I truly enjoyed discussing technical issues with him. Always helpful and friendly. The world will be a smaller place without him. May God draw near to his family and many friends to provide comfort through an understanding of His will. I am a better engineer and human being for having known Dr....

My wife and I were saddened to hear the news about Ned, and extend our regrets to Martha and family. It was my honor to work with Ned for many years on ACI technical committees where I found him to be knowledgeable, open minded, and dedicated to practical application of good research. He was immensely influential in his chosen work, and was a sweet, gentle person.

We have been professional and personal friends with the Burns family for almost 60 years. Ned and I were in graduate school together when their girls were born. He was responsible for both of our children's decision on a major at UTAustin, and for my return to UT. We were members of HPBC together and enjoyed family trips to the musicals at Zilker Park. Ned was a Giant in his profession, his church, his family and to all his acquaintances. He will be missed, but leaves a great heritage.

Ned was a wonderful man! I was blessed to have exchanges with so many facets of his life. He was my student advisor and professor at Texas and he was my Sunday school teacher at HPBC. He was always interested in what my travels had taught me. He was one of the most humble and cheerful people I've ever met. A bonafide role model if there ever was one.

Ned was a leader, a mentor and a friend. His kindness and compassion is indelibly stamped in the hearts of anyone who knew him. Martha, Michael, Kathryn and Stephanie, I am sorry for your loss and grateful Ned was part of my life.

Ned, my dear friend, you are the greatest, and I will miss you. Bob Bruce

I'm very sorry to hear the sad news of Professor Burns passing. I was working for my Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Professor Klingner and Professor Burns when I was in UT at Austin. I graduated in 1985 and have been teaching in National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan since then. Professor Burns is a very nice person and respectful teacher. He devoted the whole professional life in the field of prestressed concrete structures and has been recognized worldwide as an expert in the...

Dr. Burns was such a kind, caring man, as well as a great educator and dedicated researcher. No matter how many years have passed since our time at UT and the Ferguson Lab in the mid 1980's, each time we met we could count on him for a warm hug and a sincere interest in our current lives. A kinder man you will not find. We will miss him greatly. Our prayers for Martha and the family. Fondly, Lisa and David Powell

For me, Ned's legacy is how he lived life. Ned was Ned no matter the company (family, friends or other professionals). That's character! He lived life with such grace; full of gentleness, humility, kindness and sincerity. I admired and respected Ned. I am truly honored to have known him. My life and the lives of my wife and son has been made richer because of him.