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OBITUARY: Whitey Burnham
November 26th, 2008 8:01AM



Former Delaware and Dartmouth head coach Alden H. "Whitey" Burnham, died on Nov. 18 after a brief illness in Hanover, N.H., at the age of 85.

Burnham, who was the NSCAA president in 1966 and the recipient of its Honor Award in 1974, was secretary of the NCAA soccer rules committee for nine years and All-America selection committee chair for 14 years.

Burnham began his coaching career as soccer and wrestling coach at the University of Delaware. After 12 years, he was hired at Dartmouth University in 1960 to coach soccer and lacrosse. The following year, he became the Big Green's first and only three-sport coach when he took over the wrestling program. He remained head coach of all three sports through 1966 before focusing on soccer and lacrosse.

In 1969, Burnham moved into an administrator's role at Dartmouth, serving as assistant director of athletics. He retired from Dartmouth in 1989 after 29 years of service in the athletics department.

Burnham Field, the home of Dartmouth's men's and women's soccer team, was dedicated in his honor in the spring of 2008. The stadium features a top-quality natural grass field with state-of-the-art drainage, bleacher seating for 1,600 spectators and additional seating on grass berms surrounding the field.

Burnham is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joanne, their two children, Fred and Janice, and two granddaughters.

The family has announced a memorial service and celebration of his life on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 3:00 pm at the Rollins Chapel on the Dartmouth campus.

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