Frank Robert Burns, 84, passed away on July 14, 2012. A memorial service will be held at Kirkpatrick Chapel on the Rutgers University Campus, 85 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ on Sunday, September 9th from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Frank was born March 16, 1928 and was raised in Roselle Park, NJ. He attended Rutgers University from 1945-48. He was elected president of his class and as quarterback and linebacker, helped lead Rutgers to a combined 27-7 record. He received All-East recognition and played in the East-West Shrine game in San Francisco. Frank also participated with the Eastern College All-Stars against the NFL Champion New York Giants and was named MVP with 17 tackles. He then became the youngest head coach in the nation at age 23 with John Hopkins University. He moved back to New Jersey to coach Chatham High School before returning to his alma mater in 1961. As head football coach, from 1973 to 1983, Frank earned the most wins in Rutgers school history, 78, including an undefeated season in 1976. He was named the Walter Camp Foundation Coach of the Year in 1976 and the New Jersey Football Writers Coach of the Year in 1976, 1978, and 1979. In 1993 Frank was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He is also a member of the Rutgers Athletic Hall of Fame, the New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame and Roselle Park’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Frank was predeceased by his first wife, Nancy (Statesir) Burns, second wife, Linda (Rudolph) Burns and siblings, William Burns and Dorothy Edwards. He is survived by his two sons, Frank Jr. and Tom, daughter, Barbara Re, eight grandchildren, one great-grand daughter and several nieces and nephews.
A man of faith, Frank was a loving husband, dedicated father, and a leader who demonstrated how to be loyal and faithful, a gentleman respected by friends and peers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rutgers University and mailed to Rutgers Athletics, Winants Hall, 7 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 c/o Frank Burns Endowed Football Scholarship Fund.