Peter F. Burnham
May 30, 1944 - October 27, 2020
Woolley Boglioli Funeral Home
Lisa Morris
Katrina White
Kathryn & Nick Viggiani
Claire Berg
Jackie Kugit
Irene and Reid Chambers
Karl William Medley Sr.
Helen Benham
Carol and Linda Rusznak
Greg Mahadeen and The Brookdale Fitness Center
Barbara Barrella
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Peter F. Burnham, 76, of Tinton Falls, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 27th at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Born in New London, CT, Peter was raised in Collingswood, NJ. A 1962 graduate of Bishop Eustace High School in Pennsauken, NJ, he received his B.A. from St. Francis College in Loretto, PA, and a Master’s …
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Terry Shaffer left a message on November 10, 2020:
So sorry to hear of your loss. I crossed paths with Dr. Burnham in Schenectady,NY. He served as Chairman of the Exploring Division of the Schenectady Council,BSA and we worked together in helping high school students to learn about different careers. Many meetings were held in his SCCC office and he was always supportive of the programs and me personally. He most certainly was as asset to the Schenectady community in many ways. Please know of my thoughts and prayers and the very best of memories. Terry Shaffer
Richard Connors left a message on November 7, 2020:
A great guy, a good friend, a fantastic educator. Peter contributed so much to the progress of Brookdale and thus to Monmouth County. Personal condolences, Vicki. I'm sorry I was physically unable to attend the ceremonies, but Peter is in my prayers. Dick Connors
Tracy Moskal Smith left a message on November 3, 2020:
Dr. Burnham is such a remarkable visionary; we trusted and followed with him with pride at Brookdale. I hope his family is comforted knowing this.
Barbara Sanders left a message on November 3, 2020:
My husband, Eldon Baldwin, and I began working with Peter in the early 70s at Prince George's Community College. Peter was in developmental English, Eldon was developmental math, and I was a counselor. We were young, idealistic, and passionate about the Community College Mission! Through the many years of challenges, obstacles, successes, failures, and changes, our friendship endured. When Peter left PGCC, we lost touch for a couple of decades while focusing on careers and children. In 2004, we reconnected at a conference and basically picked up where we left off. Peter was empathetic, compassionate,encouraging and unfailingly helpful. He gave me lots of advice on the Community College Mission, governance, Middle States procedures, student success, faculty relationships, personal issues, etc. We had enlightening arguments! He loved his family and friends so much. I will miss him and remember him fondly. May he rest in peace.
Kenneth McGee left a message on November 2, 2020:
I consider the part of my more than 30-year career served under the leadership of Peter Burnham to be my most creative and satisfying time at Brookdale. I'll always remember him lighting up when I related a trip to Block Island and his mention of "Burnham's Block". We were lucky to have him as our visionary. My deepest condolences to Vicky, David, Billy, and family. He has been and will be missed.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Lisa Morris left a message on November 2, 2020:
Sending prayers to the family. Peter had a big part in making Brookdale what it is. a fine two-year school for students and the community. He will be missed.
Katrina White left a message on November 2, 2020:
A great man who will truly be missed❤️
Vincent Gorman left a message on November 1, 2020:
I am so sorry to learn of Peter's passing. He will be in my heart and memories forever. Peter made a difference in so many lives. I am thankful to have been a colleague of his at Brookdale for 13 years. The legacy he has forged as a lifetime, dedicated educator is unmatched. Please know Vicky, David, Billy and Kris that Janet and I send our deepest sympathies and wish you and the entire family peace and comfort during this difficult time. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND
Kathryn & Nick Viggiani left a message on November 1, 2020:
Kris, We are so sorry for the loss of you father. You and your family are in our prayers. Kathryn & Nick
Ed Yaw left a message on November 1, 2020:
Karen and extend our heartfelt condolences to Vicky, David and Bill. Peter was extraordinary in every way. Most of all he was a loyal friend and colleague. He was a visionary leader of community colleges in New Jersey, the Middle States region and nationally. Peter was the only community college president to serve on a four college president committee to craft the future of the governance of Higher Education in New Jersey, and was the first community college President to chair the New Jersey Presidents' Council. Peter was dedicated to his family and an avid golfer. He had an infectious laugh, and will always be remembered as a true friend. It is my hope that Vicky, David and Bill will find solace in the many fine memories that I know they have. RIP my friend. Ed Yaw
Olga L. Vazquez-Clough left a message on November 1, 2020:
May he Rest In Peace, and may God give his survivors the spiritual strength to get over this loss! Amen🙏🏽
Claire Berg left a message on November 1, 2020:
I am so saddened to hear of his passing. Dr. Burnham was always a strong supporter of me. He ate many meals and cookies prepared by our food service management and then culinary students. I always told my classes that he was a true visionary. He was able to make brookdale a leader among community colleges. He was so missed after he left.
Jackie Kugit left a message on November 1, 2020:
My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless Dr. Burnham.
Beth Tarantino left a message on November 1, 2020:
My condolences to Vicki, Billy, David and family. Dr. Burnham was a true leader, charismatic speaker and had an enthusiasm for Brookdale that was infectious. His warmth was felt campus-wide.
Beth Tarantino left a message on November 1, 2020:
My condolences to Vicki, Billy, David and family. Dr. Burnham was a true leader, charismatic speaker and had an enthusiasm for Brookdale that was infectious. His warmth was felt campus-wide.
Irene and Reid Chambers left a message on November 1, 2020:
With our deepest sympathies to the family of Peter F. Burnham
Irene and Reid Chambers left a message on November 1, 2020:
Reid and I send our deepest sympathies to Peter's family. We wish them peace and reassurance in this time of grief. Peter achieved much in his life, and I will always remember not only the administrator that he became but the gifted teacher he was from his days in graduate school, the lover of good music, his stint as a regular on American Bandstand. He may be gone, but the memories remain.
Arthur Marshall left a message on November 1, 2020:
So many wonderful and valued memories of working with such a talented and brilliant man will be cherished always, May the good Lord hold him forever in his care and bless his family! Rest in Peace!
Jim Lyons left a message on October 31, 2020:
I send my prayers to the family. Peter and I met while working on a Committee in Philadelphia and have remained close friends. He was a great friend and educator. He made a positive contribution in all that he did. I will miss him.
Scott Oliver left a message on October 31, 2020:
I wish to thank you, Dr. Burnham, for being the colleague, mentor, and friend I needed. I will always fondly remember our long talks about education, the craft of writing, and sport of life. We all lost an icon! You inspired everyone you met. And I am a better person for having known you. To your family and loved ones—my deepest condolences. There is only love now.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Dr. Irvn R Sweeney (Director - Gateway to College Program left a message on October 31, 2020:
On behalf of the students and staff of the Gateway to College program at Camden County College, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dr. Peter Burnham - Chairman of our Gateway to College Advisory Board. Dr. Burnham will be missed but he will always be remembered for his contribution in building a dynamic Gateway program which provides a "real second chance" for the young people in Camden City. He was a dedicated educator, who was always willing to share his knowledge with each and everyone. Thanks for a job well done. Rest in Peace my friend.
Karl William Medley Sr. left a message on October 31, 2020:
PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY🙏🏽 May God give you a peace that surpasses all understanding, for he will never leave you nor forsake you. K. Medley Sr. M.Ed.
George Boggs left a message on October 31, 2020:
Dear Vicky and Family, Please accept my condolence. I appreciate Peter's leadership and all he did for our colleges and our students. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. George George R. Boggs
Robert and Jean Messina left a message on October 31, 2020:
Dear Vicky and Family, Our deepest condolences on the passing of Peter. He was a devoted husband and family man who loved life with a deep passion. I had known Peter for many years as a colleague and friend. We crossed paths in New York at two different community colleges and were presidents at two adjoining counties. Peter loved to debate any topic with a sense of humor and fairness. He did wonderful things for the community colleges including Brookdale which was one of the best in the country. He was always concerned about the students and how a good and affordable education would enrich their lives. He taught me how to play golf when I first started to take up the game with great patience since I was terrible at it. He will be missed. God bless you Peter.
Marc David Bonagura left a message on October 31, 2020:
Dr. Burnham left a lasting legacy at Brookdale Community College, one that will never be equaled. I can't thank him enough for all he did for me personally and for the all students at Brookdale for so many years. He was a great man who cared deeply about everyone. He created a family atmosphere at Brookdale that was real, not just because it sounded good--we really were one big, at rare times dysfunctional, but always loving family--and we really got things done--we all did great things under his leadership as President. He brought our college into the 21st Century--he made us a national leader among community colleges. And he also made it such a pleasure to work at Brookdale. I hope he will always be thought of kindly and with love in hearts of all the people's lives he touched at Brookdale and beyond. I hope that his goodness will be what people remember about him and that he cared so deeply about everyone and spent his entire career helping others to make a better life!
Jeanette Lackey left a message on October 31, 2020:
Dearest Vicky, Bill and David. We are so sorry to hear of Peter's passing and send you all, and other family members, our deepest condolences in this very difficult time. May you find comfort in the many thoughts and prayers from family and friends. With sympathy -- Jeanette, Bob and Ryan
Joseph LaGaipa left a message on October 30, 2020:
Condolences to the family, Vicki, David, and Billy, and all .... sorry for your loss ....
Helen Benham left a message on October 30, 2020:
My husband, Samuel S. Kim, and I are greatly saddened to hear of Dr. Burnham's passing. During my time as a faculty member in the Music Department at Brookdale Community College Dr. Burnham was kind and supportive of me and my colleagues. He was thoughtful enough to take time from his busy schedule to attend my retirement party in the spring of 2010, which I appreciated very much. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends. In sympathy, Sam and Helen Sincerely, Helen Benham
Paul E. Zigo left a message on October 30, 2020:
Peter's passing is truly very sad news. He was a dedicated President when at Brookdale Community College and will be remembered in particular for one grand achievement, that being making Monmouth County, NJ, Brookdale's campus. Peter moved the College and its programs and services beyond Lincroft via the establishment of extension sites, community learning centers, and branch campuses. Without his dedication to this effort, Brookdale would never have been recognized as one of the best community colleges within the USA. God bless you Peter Burnham.
Professor Jim Lawaich left a message on October 30, 2020:
Prayers and heartfelt thoughts to the Burnham family. Dr. Burnham's words and deeds regarding the importance of Community College education left a lasting impression on a novice professor, he changed my life. RIP Dr, Peter Burnham, a man of immense vision.
Albert Zager left a message on October 30, 2020:
Peter's untimely passing is an incalculable loss for his beloved, Vicky, and his entire world of family and friends. I am one of those friends and was privileged to be the President of the Center for Holocaust Studies at Brookdale CC when Peter arrived in 1991. Even before his official start date, Peter came to the Center's annual dinner and expressed his deep support of our mission. As President of the college he challenged the Center, then entirely operated by volunteers in a small corner of the college library, to think and plan strategically. As a result, the our Board developed a 5 year plan that we called our "Dream Sheet". We did not think it truly possible to have a paid staff or grow significantly. But Peter inspired us to do what we thought impossible. Now, almost 30 years later, we are the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education ("Chhange"). Chhange is now an independent 501(c)3 organization, with an Executive Director who has a national and even international reputation in the field of Holocaust, genocide and human rights, paid staff to assist her and hundred's of volunteer worker bees. It is located in a significant portion of the Bankier Library, has a world-class permanent exhibit and it's own library and archives. It provides dozens of programs and services to the educational and general community locally and around the world, reaching well over 25,000 people each year. Peter's sincere, inspirational and dedicated leadership provided the fertile soil for Chhange to grow and thrive. Of his many worthy achievements in his too short life, Chhange will be one of many ongoing testaments to his time among the living.
Ray White left a message on October 30, 2020:
Rest In PEACH Dr Burnham.
Carol and Linda Rusznak left a message on October 30, 2020:
Dearest Vicky, Dave, Bill and the entire Burnham Family, we are deeply saddened over Peter’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in your memories. Love Always, Aunt Carol and Cousin Linda
Avra karakoglou left a message on October 30, 2020:
Dear Vicky, David and Billy, My heart breaks for your loss! Thinking of you during this difficult time and sending all our love and sympathy. Sincerely , Avra ,George and family
Joan Raymond left a message on October 30, 2020:
With heartfelt sympathy as I remember this great man who had so many accomplishments and did so much good, not only for all the Community Colleges in New Jersey, but for the people of Monmouth County. It was a pleasure working with Dr. Burnham as a Board Member for 15 years. God Bless you Vicky and your family.
Norah Kerr-McCurry left a message on October 30, 2020:
Dr. Burnham taught me about the power of education, the importance of mentorship, and the significance of leadership. I send condolences to the family, and hope memories of happy times sustain you now.
Alison Corneau Sandler left a message on October 30, 2020:
Dear Vicky and Sons, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers at this difficult time.
Carol Ronayne Blue left a message on October 30, 2020:
Dear Vicky and family, I am so sorry to learn of Peter's passing. I know how much he loved all of you. Please know I'm sending hugs and prayers, and deep condolences. Much love -- Carol
Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, former President Georgian Court University left a message on October 30, 2020:
Peter was a great colleague to all of us Higher Education . He always kept the needs of students first and collaborated with private and public institutions to offer the best to them. I enjoyed working with him- he was a great educator, visionary and friend. My sympathy and promise of pray for his Family as you mourn his passing and celebrate his life. Sister Rosemary Jeffries, former President Georgian Court University
Greg Mahadeen and The Brookdale Fitness Center left a message on October 29, 2020:
In memory of Peter F. Burnham, Greg Mahadeen and The Brookdale Fitness Center lit a candle
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Susan Rosenberg left a message on October 29, 2020:
My tenure at Brookdale spanned 5 presidents. I shall always remember and appreciate Dr. Burnham's morale-boosting leadership, academic acuity, support and vision that continually moved us ahead. May he rest in peace.
Cheryl Krakow left a message on October 29, 2020:
You were always a visionary, and brought out the best in many. Brookdale became the model for community colleges across the country under your leadership. Thank you Peter and Rest In Peace
Michael J. Bennett left a message on October 29, 2020:
Vicky, David, Billy and family, Rita and I send our deepest condolences. In my 40 years in higher education, no leader I’ve worked for or with had more vision or wrote as well as Peter did. When he spoke (without a note in front him), you understood why colleagues in New York nicknamed him “Golden Throat.” He was one of the "heavy lifters" on behalf of students and community colleges, who brought out the best in all of us, and gave us our “swagger”. Under his leadership, we cared little about what others were doing, and passionately marched to our own drummer putting STUDENTS in the forefront of all that we did. Most important, we worked hard, we played hard, laughed often and cared for one another. As Peter walked through the pearly gates, I hope The Carpenter, with a twinkle in His eye, escorted Peter to the podium of the Administrators and Exempt Staff “A and E” Luncheon … to greet an old friend. It was an honor to work with him. Michael J. Bennett
Marta Quinn left a message on October 29, 2020:
A visionary. Dr. Burnham saw the greatness in Brookdale and shared his vision with the community. With great sympathy I share for Vicky and their boys. The passing of a father, son and husband is heartbreaking, and we share in your grief.
Barbara Barrella left a message on October 29, 2020:
In memory of Peter F. Burnham, Barbara Barrella lit a candle
Lore Milione (Retired, Foundation Office) left a message on October 29, 2020:
Dear Vicky: My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your husband. He was a brilliant and charismatic man who did so much for Brookdale. I shall cherish the memory of those exciting and vibrant years when he was President. They were the best of times. Wishing you and your family comfort and peace at this sad time.
James E Sulton Jr left a message on October 29, 2020:
Peter = the quintessential example of a gentleman and a scholar. A most kind and thoughtful friend to me. I will always think of him in an admiring way. Rest in Peace Peter! Sincere condolences to Vicky and the entire family.
The Hollenbeck Family left a message on October 29, 2020:
Dear Vicky, David and Bill, Wishing you love and comfort. Memories of all we shared together come flooding back. Our heartfelt condolences to each of you. So very, very sorry for all you are going through. Pat, Bob, Chris and Eric
Ron Topham left a message on October 29, 2020:
May he be remembered for his great deeds and service to community college students and staff. He enabled many people to achieve their dreams and for others to dream for the first time. God rest his soul.
Jennifer Yannibelli left a message on October 29, 2020:
My heart goes out to the Burnham family. My deepest condolences.
Celeste Chirichello left a message on October 29, 2020:
My sincere condolences go out to the Burnham family. Dr. Burnham was a strong leader for Brookdale. May he rest in peace.
Johanna and Mike Kobran left a message on October 29, 2020:
Vickie, Bill, and David, we wish you peace comfort and courage in these very sad times. Peter was so full of life that he passed that energy all around; he will be remembered.
Kelli W Sanders-Jennings left a message on October 29, 2020:
My sincere condolences to the Burnham family during your time of bereavement. May Dr. Burnham's memory continue to glow. You have touched so many lives. Rest in Peace.
Martin McDermott left a message on October 29, 2020:
My condolences to the Burnham family. Dr. Burnham consistently kept Brookdale's advancement in mind, and he used his formidable skills and intelligence to that end. The range of capacities he possessed is rarely seen in one leader.
Sharon Stouter left a message on October 29, 2020:
In memory of Peter F. Burnham, Sharon Stouter lit a candle
Jess Le Vine left a message on October 29, 2020:
As so many have said, Peter was an educational leader with great vision (I often remarked so to my BCC classes), a willingness to listen (especially in his office while we discussed the College Hours intently) despite an unrelenting drive to accomplish his "missions", possessed of an interesting and sometimes a little quirky sense of humor often displayed at our Winter Festival, backed up two brand new hirers (Le Vine and Hartzell) when some people tried to take that away from us, and, shot me one of his famous wry smiles when I once called him "Pete". Prayers to the family, especially my former Native American studies first class ever student, Vicky.
Nancy O’Shea left a message on October 29, 2020:
My deepest condolences to the family. I will always remember the kindness Dr Burnham showed me when I was a new employee. We were at a statewide conference and I walked in not knowing anyone. He invited me to his table and introduced me to other participants including other college presidents. He made me feel very comfortable and welcome. Thank you Dr Burnham. You will be remembered fondly.
Rajkumari Wesley left a message on October 29, 2020:
My family and I send our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Burnham's family. I always admired his vision for Brookdale, and know he worked hard to get Brookdale to its' top position not just in New Jersey but at the national level. Our favorite memory of Dr. Burnham is at my daughter Rashmika's Graduation: I had the honor of handing her the Diploma along with him, and we have beautiful pictures of that day!
George J. Fehr left a message on October 29, 2020:
My condolences to Vicky, Billy & David. I am so sad on the passing of Peter. He was a great man , friend & leader. He made Brookdale what it is today & worked tirelessly to develop the colleges reputation within the community & the nation. His capital master plan transformed the facilities of the college & made Brookdale the envy of the eighteen other community colleges in N.J. I worked with & for him for twenty plus years & he will always be in my memory & heart. Rest in peace Peter, you were a great one. George Fehr.
Barbara Baron left a message on October 29, 2020:
RIP Dr. Burnham - I learned so much from you. Heartfelt condolences to your family, Vicky, David and Billy.
Pat Gallo left a message on October 29, 2020:
Vicky, my prayers and condolences go out to you and your family. Peter was always very good to me and that will never be forgotten. I personally saw all the good things he did for Brookdale and am happy that I was able to work with him. Remember the happy times and take care of each other.
Amy Clark left a message on October 29, 2020:
In memory of Peter F. Burnham, Amy Clark lit a candle
Danielle M. Jones left a message on October 29, 2020:
Sending the Burnham family my condolences. I remember when I graduated from Brookdale Community College in 2009, and how joyful he was. Dr. Burnham took several pictures with my family, and I still have my photos when I walked across the graduation stage. I will remember him for his kindness towards my family & me. May his family be filled with God's peace, strength, and comfort during their bereavement. "God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted." (Matthew 5:4 NLT)
Kathleen McGreevy left a message on October 29, 2020:
Dear Vicky, Billy, David & family, My deepest sympathies to you all. I was fortunate to have worked in his office and have many good memories of my time there. He was a remarkable leader who transformed the College and wanted great things for Brookdale and community college education. I'll always remember him. Rest in peace.
Ed Johnson left a message on October 29, 2020:
All of our thoughts and prayers are with family of Dr. Peter Burnham. His vision and leadership helped to build the Brookdale we know today. God Bless!
Meg Natter left a message on October 29, 2020:
A visionary leader who mentored so many and encouraged us to invest our time, talent, and treasure in higher education--especially community colleges. Thank you for being one of my cheerleaders, Peter.
Gabriela Sprague left a message on October 29, 2020:
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
Gabriela Sprague left a message on October 29, 2020:
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
Jeanne Vloyanetes left a message on October 29, 2020:
Rest in peace, Peter.
James Crowder left a message on October 29, 2020:
In memory of Peter F. Burnham, James Crowder lit a candle
Arminda Wey left a message on October 29, 2020:
In memory of Peter F. Burnham, Arminda Wey lit a candle
DAWN Michele Murray left a message on October 29, 2020:
In memory of Peter F. Burnham, DAWN Michele Murray lit a candle
Fidel Wilson left a message on October 29, 2020:
May the God of all comfort be with the family during this time. I was hired at Brookdale under Dr. Burnham leadership. I did not know him well but I understood what he meant to the legacy of the college and his contribution in positioning the college to be recognized nationally. I had the opportunity to meet with him for breakfast after his time at Brookdale and he took time to give me advice about my career and future and I am eternally grateful for that.
Stephen and Cindy Nacco left a message on October 29, 2020:
Vicky, David, and Billy--You are in our thoughts and prayers. Peter was an amazing person with a vision and a purpose that never diminished. With Love from Cindy and Stephen Nacco
Elaine Foley left a message on October 28, 2020:
Vicky, David & Bill, Words can’t express my deepest sympathy for you at this time. Peter was a wonderful man and I cherish my memories of him. I hope you find comfort and peace with your memories. Elaine Foley
Kathryn Gover left a message on October 28, 2020:
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Peter was a very special person and I was honored to work with him at Brookdale for four years. He made a lasting impression and will always be remembered.
Woolley Boglioli Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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