Deep sadness today in the Providence educational community: Anne Burnham and her husband David Burnham, have both died within the past two days. Anne died on June 4 and Dave this morning.
Dave Burnham was the legendary longtime headmaster of the Moses Brown School and the founding president of the Board of Trustees of Paul Cuffee School in Providence. As headmaster of Moses Brown from 1978 to 1994, Burnham helped usher co-education back to the college prep school on Providence’s East Side. He also was instrumental in increasing the school’s endowment.
A Quaker institution, Moses Brown has a long and storied history that reaches back to the beginning of the American Republic.
Dave and Anne were both teachers and dedicated themselves to education during the 62 year marriage. They taught and worked with such institutions as Loomis Chaffee School, The Lincoln School, Moses Brown and Northfield Mount Hermon.
``David and Anne Burnham were devoted throughout their lives to education,’’ wrote Russell Carey, president of the Paul Cuffee Board of Trustees. `` The pride that Dave and Anne felt for the school could be seen on their faces at every town meeting they attended and we know that their loving spirit will be very much present at the first Paul Cuffee School graduation next Tuesday.’’
The statement, which was sent to members of the Paul Cuffee community, was also signed by Joop Nagtegaal, past Cuffee board president.
``We will miss his wisdom, his spark, and his humor,’’ said the statement. ``We will miss Anne’s passion for education, her caring smile and her love for her family and her many communities.’’