In Memory

Marion L. Burns - Class Of 1907

Marion Burns

July 12, 1887 - August 23, 1918


In 1907, Marion Burns was the only boy in the first graduating class of South Pasadena High School.  In June 1917 he was a self-employed osteopathic x-ray specialist (with an office in Los Angeles), living on Mound Avenue in South Pasadena when he registered for the World War I draft.


Cadet Marion L. Burns, of South Pasadena, California, a student aviator at Mather Field near Sacramento, died last night from injuries sustained in an airplane fall that afternoon.  A companion aviator, whose name was withheld by Mather Field officers, was slightly injured.

The Washington Post, August 24, 1918


Guards Will Honor Dead Flying Cadet - Military Will Pay Tribute to South Pasadena Boy Killed in Accident

A guard of honor from Arcadia and a detachment of South Pasadena Home Guards will present arms as a flag-draped casket is carried slowly down the walk at 721 Mound Avenue this morning. The casket contains the remains of Senior Flying Cadet Marion L Burns, whose airplane fell near Mather Field, Sacramento, August 23, 1918.

The two military guards will again pay martial respect at the Women's Club House, South Pasadena, where the funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock. Dr Carl Phinney, a friend of the dead soldier, and Reverend Thomas G Picton, the deceased's pastor, will deliver addresses. The remains will be talken under military escort to Mountian View Cemetery where a firing squard and 'taps' will pay the last honors.

Before enlisting in the flying branch of the service two months ago, Cadet Burns was an osteopath with an office in the Baker-Detwiler Building. He was 31 years old.

The Los Angeles Times, August 28, 1918