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1934 Philip 2006

Philip Barnes Burt

July 1, 1934 — August 6, 2006


Dr. Philip Barnes Burt, 72, died Aug. 6, 2006 at the Clemson (S.C.) Area Retirement Center.

A theoretical physicist and professor at Clemson University for 35 years, he had previously been a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Altadena, Calif. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he was Grand Master of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Editor-in-Chief of the student paper. In addition to being physics department head in the early 80's, he was a NATO lecturer in Constantinople and the 1984 Sigma Xi Outstanding Research Scientist at Clemson, and in 1987 he took part in atmospheric research at a DYE station. A pilot, he used to fly his own plane to Oak Ridge, TN, where he worked summers. He enjoyed traveling in Europe and spoke several languages. In 1992, he gave the commencement address, in German, at the Institute for Nuclear Theory, University of Hamburg. In 1994, the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Georgia honored him with a Theoretical Symposium for his 60th birthday, the same year that his "marriage turned 40 and his son turned 20," as he was fond of saying. His monograph, Quantum Mechanics and Nonlinear Waves, was a standard in physics libraries. But the two activities that Dr. Burt most enjoyed were being a Girl Scout leader and president of the Daniel Band Boosters; two jobs in which he was "the camel, doing all necessary lifting and toting."

He is survived by his wife, Harriet Burt; four children Beth Lynn Burt, Konni Burt Shier, Syd Burt Hackworth and Timothy Clack Burt; and two grandchildren, Lilly Marie Hackworth and Ethan "Keiki" Justice Shier. Sons-in-law are Darrell Shier, Brian Hackworth, and Thom Whittemore. Dr. Burt was predeceased by both parents; a bother; and a granddaughter, Olivia Tinsley Shier.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2006 at Clemson First Baptist Church, which he attended for some 30 years, and where he sang in the choir.
Memorials can be made to the Clemson University Foundation for the R.M. Cooper Library's collection of scientific materials.

The family will be at the home, 505 Tiger Terrace, Seneca. Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central-Clemson Commons, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Phone- 639-2411, Fax- 639-6330.
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