CATHERINE BURNIGHT "Cammie" (Age 94)
Passed away peacefully at her home on April 4, 2016. She is predeceased by her husband, Robert Galen Burnight. Mrs. Burnight was born in Missouri on February 12, 1922. She was raised in Great Neck, NY and Westboro, MA, and graduated from Bates College, Phi Beta Kappa. She excelled in collegiate athletic programs as well. In the summer of "43, she had her first, but pivotal, experience working with foreign students at the Lisle Foundation in New York. Subsequently, she volunteered in the American Red Cross with the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. She toured American installations throughout Italy, performing as a soloist in shows. Always one for adventure, she first learned to drive in a U.S. Army jeep in the Dolomite Mountains. After the war, Ms. Burnight served as a Teacher Advisor for the Committee for Refugee Education, and then the Population Council, where she began to develop her career path in international education. In 1961, she married Robert Burnight, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology. In 1963, she was hired as the first Foreign Student and Faculty Advisor at Brown University. She as awarded an Honorary Degree (M.A.) for her contributions to the international community in 1971. They spent five years in Thailand, where Dr. Burnight helped to develop the Institute for Population and Social Research at Mahidol University, Bangkok. Upon returning to the U.S., Ms. Burnight joined the administrations of UNC and then Duke University. Upon settling in the Washington DC area, she volunteered for 14 years as an ESOL teacher at the University of Maryland. She is survived by three nieces, Judith Sbarbaro of Vienna, VA, Catherine Rawding of Brookline, MA and Nancy Rawding Gralla of McLean, VA, and their spouses and children, all of whom loved their "Aunt Cammie". She was a devoted aunt and great aunt. A memorial service was held on May 2 at her residence, Ingleside at Rock Creek, in Washington, DC.
Published by The Washington Post on Jul. 31, 2016.