Roderick Deane Burnham

Roderick Deane Burnham

Birth
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 1 Jul 1976 (aged 89)
Orange County, California, USA
Burial Three Rivers, Tulare County, California, USA
Memorial ID 23333909 · View Source
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Burnham's first son, Roderick (August 21, 1886 – July 2, 1976), was born in Pasadena, California, but accompanied the family to Africa and learned the Northern Ndebele language.He is the first child of Frederick Russell Burnham and Blanch Blick. He went to Skagway, Alaska with his father, and then to a military school in France in 1900. In 1904, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, joined the football team, but left Berkley after a dispute with his coach. From 1905-08, he went to the University of Arizona, joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, played the position of running back, and became the captain of the football team. He attended the Michigan School of Mines (now Michigan Technological University) in 1910, became a geologist, and worked for Union Oil as Manager of Lands and Foreign Exploration helping to develop the first wells in Mexico and Venezuela. He took time off from his job to serve in the U.S. Army in World War I and fought in France. He and his father became minority owners of the Burnham Exploration Company, incorporated in 1919 by Harris Hays Hammond (the son of John Hays Hammond, Sr). In 1930, he and Paramount Pictures founder W. W. Hodkinson started the Central American Aviation Corporation, the first airline in Guatemala.


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  • Maintained by: Bill & Peggy Tate
  • Originally Created by: Thomas
  • Added: 10 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23333909
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Roderick Deane Burnham (22 Aug 1886–1 Jul 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23333909, citing Three Rivers Cemetery, Three Rivers, Tulare County, California, USA ; Maintained by Bill & Peggy Tate (contributor 46937165) .