Gordon M. Cairns, retired UM dean of agricultureServices...


April 25, 1992

Gordon M. Cairns, retired UM dean of agriculture

Services for Gordon M. Cairns, retired dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Maryland and an expert on dairy ++ cattle, will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at the Donaldson Funeral Home in Laurel.

Dr. Cairns, who was 80 and lived in Scaggsville, died Wednesday at the Greater Laurel Nursing Home of respiratory failure as a complication from cancer.

He retired in 1978 after serving as dean since 1950 and as head of the dairy husbandry department for five years before that.

For three years after his retirement, he supervised the University's Wye Angus herd in Queenstown.

As a member of the old State Board of Agriculture, he helped to oversee the program to eradicate bovine brucellosis -- a disease that can also infect humans -- from dairy herds in the state.

A former part-time classifier of dairy herds for the Holstein-Freisian Association, he was approved as a show judge by all U.S. dairy breed organizations and judged seven national dairy shows as well as two shows in South America.

He also coached the University of Maryland dairy cattle judging team.

In 1948, he established a group of bulls at the university's campus for the Maryland Artificial Breeding Co-operative to provide semen for artificial insemination. The program was later taken over by a Pennsylvania company.

He also was a consultant on marketing to dairy cooperatives and served on a study committee in the early 1960s that helped to develop the U.S. Department of Agriculture's milk-marketing standards for the Middle Atlantic area.

He was a founder of the Accokeek Foundation, which operates a replica colonial farm in Prince George's County, and served for 35 years on the board of the Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society.

From 1957 until 1962, he was a director of the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank.

In 1954, he received the National 4-H Alumni Award and the next year was given the Man of the Year award in Maryland Agriculture from Progressive Farmer magazine. He also received citations from the Maryland Grange and the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture.

He was a member of the Vansville Farmers Club and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Born in New York City but reared on a dairy farm in South Kortright, N.Y., he earned bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate at Cornell University.

He had worked in the extension service at Cornell and headed the animal industry department at the University of Maine before joining the Maryland faculty.

His wife, the former Ruth Sharp, died in 1981.

He is survived by a son, John G. Cairns of Leslie, Mo.; a daughter, Barbara Boycan of Laurel; a sister, Lois Frazier of Zephyrhills, Fla.; a brother, Allan D. Cairns of South Kortright; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial gifts to the Gordon M. Cairns Award for Creative Work and Teaching in Agriculture, which was established at the College of Agriculture at his retirement.

A Mass of Christian burial for Robert F. Burman, a salesman who had been a catcher on semiprofessional and sandlot baseball teams in the Baltimore area, will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in New Freedom, Pa.

Mr. Burman, who was 51 and lived in Stewartstown, Pa., for about five years, died of cancer Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice.

He retired last year after working as a salesman for Halethorpe Extrusions, an aluminum firm, since 1989. Earlier, he worked for Reel-O-Matic Systems Inc. of Wrightsville, Pa., for about two years and had been vice president and part owner of the Nelson Co. in Sparrows Point.

He also had worked in the sales departments of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. and Kaiser Aluminum.

Born in New York City but reared in Baltimore, he was a 1958 graduate of City College and attended the University of Baltimore. He played baseball at City, then played for the Leone's semipro team and several amateur teams.

Surviving are his wife, the former Anita Bauer; two daughters, Brooke Fisher of Baltimore and Kerry Hanzsche of Charleston, S.C.; two sons, Brian Collier of Reedsville, Ga., and Sean Davidson of Wichita, Kan.; his father, James C. "Reds" Burman, a former heavyweight boxer, and mother, Marie Burman, both of Towson; two brothers, Jim and Rick Burman, both of Baltimore; a sister, Judy Moran of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Nicholas Tsakalas

Restaurateur, 102

Services for Nicholas Tsakalas, a retired restaurant owner who was 102 years old, will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Preston Street and Maryland Avenue.

Mr. Tsakalas, who lived on Ashbourne Road in Arbutus, died of cancer Wednesday at St. Agnes Hospital.

For about 10 years before his retirement in 1955, he owned Standard Lunch on North Calvert Street. He had owned a restaurant near Fort Meade during World War II and, earlier, another in Ellicott City.

Born in Tsesne, now part of Turkey, he came to the United States in 1912. He left his village and eventually stowed away on an Austrian ship after Turkish soldiers came looking for him to force him into their army.

He first settled in Vandergrift, Pa., before moving to the Baltimore area from Weirton, W.Va., in 1936.

After his retirement he made two trips to Greece, and he made a side visit to Tsesne during a trip in 1972.

His wife, the former Rodanthi Markotsis, died in 1948.

He is survived by six sons, Peter Tsakalas of Arbutus, Harry and Markos Tsakalas, both of Baltimore, Andrew Tsakalas of Dundalk, James Tsakalas of Aberdeen and Charles Tsakalas of Towson; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation.

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