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BURNS--Red, The Tisch School of the Arts is heartbroken over the death of the incandescent and amazing Red Burns. Innovator, visionary, truth-teller, cherished colleague, and revered teacher - Red brought high standards, brilliance, humor, perseverance, and a sharp eye for great ideas to her four decades at Tisch, and through ITP made Tisch a beacon on the digital landscape. The hallways and classrooms will seem a little dimmer without her presence. She was one-of-a-kind, and will be missed terribly. Red's legacy will continue through a scholarship fund established in her name at We offer our deepest condolences to her family, loved ones, friends, and many, many admirers. Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

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Published in New York Times from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2013.
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August 27, 2013
Eternally grateful. Rest well, Red.
Lisa Pedicini
August 27, 2013
Innovator and way ahead of her time, Red will always be remembered for her vision in the field. I will always remember her also for her kindness and generosity to students from all over the world. Thank you Red for your great influence on my life and the life of all that came through ITP. God's speed.
Kelly Cartwright-Meister
August 27, 2013
So many years of kinship, intelligence and humor that will be sorely missed by a fellow laborer in the fields. The world fabric is rent and we are all poorer for your loss. Farewell, my old friend.
Christopher Weaver
August 26, 2013
Wonderful and inspiring force in the ITP and for taking the initiative and living life her way.
William Jennings
August 26, 2013
Red the one and only! Igniting our world, demanding us first to do and then to be the best we could be. The strongest guiding force I want to honour and a force I will endeavour to model for always! We learnt so much from you all at critical times, now is the biggest test and love.
Joy Mountford
August 26, 2013
Red burned a trail of innovation, greatness, fearlessness, insousiance, and incandescent vision. She not only spoke the truth as she saw it (which often proved to be the truth as we all later came to see it), she made those truths into actualities. At one level -- her brilliant lived presence -- she will be missed; at another level, through ITP -- past, present, and future -- she will not be missed because she will always be among us.
Richard Schechner
August 26, 2013
Amazing visionary, fount of ideas, and always one step ahead of the thing you thought you'd just thought of
daniel palkowski
August 25, 2013
Love rings eternal. Thank you Red Burns for all you've done for so many people.
Anthony Ptak
August 25, 2013
Red's vision, candor, courage, humor, insight, brilliance, toughness, and kindness shaped technology/media/design, communities around the world, and especially NYC, and so many of us. To know her was to be inspired and transformed. To know her was to love her. In our hearts forever. Much love to her children and grandchildren. Rest in peace.
Linda Stone
August 25, 2013
The first ITP puppet show, where you called me gentle giant for the first time.
Red, I will miss you. Thank you for your vision, criticism, and moxie.
Jackson Snellings
August 25, 2013
Red was a longtime mentor, friend and colleague and teacher of my daughter, Hesther, whose life she has shaped in many wonderful ways. We will miss her!
Jay Greer
August 25, 2013
Love rings eternal.
Anthony Ptak
August 25, 2013
You were an inspiration to my daughter Megan demarest , who worked with you for many years. She will never forget how much you taught her. Bless you and your family
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