BURNHAM, Gordon Milton (1889-1980) [SS#452-07-1510], was born in Minnesota. He served as Private First Class, U.S. Army in World War I. Burnham collected a set of Bald Eagle eggs on San Clemente Island in 1923 [id=9883] that are in the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, Camarillo, California.
Burnham died on March 19, 1980. He is buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego.
March 3, 1925 Joseph Grinnell field notes: “...I am quite favorably impressed with the earnestness and general good judgement of Clinton G. Abbott, Director of the [San Diego] Museum here. He seems to have the confidence of many of the foremost business-men of the city. This noon he took me to the University Club to lunch, with Mr. Joseph W. Sefton, Jr., a banker. The latter is now President of the San Diego Society of Natural History and a good patron. Sunday evening I called on Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Ingersoll and they invited over Mr. and Mrs. John Burnham. Ingersolls have a wonderful, well cared-for collection of birds' eggs, nearly all taken by himself during the past 40 years. And Burnham, a man of 58 or so and successful in real estate, emulates him. The latter, too, is treasurer of the San Diego society of Natural History. Burnham has a son, Gordon, in business with him, when I met. He has been into the San Pedro Martir section of Lower California, and through him and several others I have learned much of possible use as to how to get about among the people of that territory. This information I am writing to Lamb...”