May 26, 2018

Dr. Philip John Burns


Dr. Philip John Burns (1945-2017) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of the late Harold L. Burns and Helen Elizabeth Benson Burns. Dr. Burns is the brother of Richard H. Burns of Cincinnati, Ohio; Kenneth P. Burns of West Lafayette, Indiana; and the late Susan E. Dearwester. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dr. Deborah H. Burns of Rehoboth, MA; his daughter Helen E. Burns, of Takoma Park, MD; his stepdaughters Lindsay Carroll-Langrish of Hampshire, England; and Allison Carroll-Ware, of Rehoboth, MA. Dr. Burns is survived by seven grandchildren.

Dr. Burns received his Bachelors Degree at Miami University, Ohio; his Masters Degree at Indiana University Bloomington; and his PhD from the University of Rhode Island. He was a professor of English at Worcester State University where he chaired the Department of English for many years. He was a dedicated teacher and accomplished scholar, a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 6 at 11 AM at the Rehoboth Congregational Church, 139 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth. Donations in his memory to Southcoast Hospice. Condolences should be sent to the family of Deborah H Burns, 5 Locust Avenue, Rehoboth, MA 02769. Arrangements entrusted to: THE URQUHART-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME.


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