David Edward Burns ’99, 34, of Cornelius, N.C., passed away on Oct. 29, 2011. He was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Dec. 28, 1976. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Davis Burns ’01, 18418 Victoria Bay Dr., Cornelius, NC 28031, and their three children, Isaac (5), Aaron (3), and Jordan James (1); his parents, Herb and Susan Burns; brother, Herbie Burns (Elizabeth) and daughters, Anna and Abby Burns; Amanda’s father, Gerry Davis (Karen La Chapelle); Amanda’s mother, Jan Collins (Dan); Amanda’s brother, Brendan (LeighAnn) and daughter, Linley; brother, Dylan (Kristen) and children, Jadyn, Raegan, and Douglas; grandparents, Ruth and Ed Seiler, Ruth Anderson, and Irmagene Davis; and other extended family. Burns attended and graduated from Davidson, where he received a basketball scholarship. While at Davidson, he was a member of their NCAA basketball team. At Davidson Burns graduated with a studio art degree and was an accomplished professional artist. Burns was recently inducted into the Bishop McGuiness High School Sports Hall of Fame. He worked for several years with Charlotte Observer. Burns and his wife have been regularly attending The Cove, an interdenominational church, near their home. Burns was a great husband and father, son, and child of God. With his passing we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated, although we will miss him every day, especially his winning smile and sense of humor, and he will always remain forever in our hearts and minds.
Katie Marie Sanderson ’99
Katie Sanderson 34, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 15th, 2011, in Colleyville, TX. She was the beloved wife and best friend of Michael Miga, and devoted mother to Milo, 3, with whom she lived in Long Island City, NY. Katie is also survived by her adoring parents Mark and Ruth (Kopcinski) Sanderson of Bristol, RI, formerly of Raynham, MA, and her sister, Ellen, also of New York City, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins all over the country. Katie served proudly as the director of development at The Moth, and in development capacities at the Park Avenue Armory, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Vassar College, and as the manager of the Young Lions Program at the New York Public Library. She had also worked for International Creative Management and Hungry Man Films. She held a Bachelor of Arts in religion from Davidson College, where she met her husband. Katie was an accomplished pianist and tennis player, an adventurous traveler, and an art and film lover. Her warmth, infectious laugh and unmistakable love of life allowed her to make friends with almost anyone. She loved to gather family and friends together, and had the rare ability to make each person in a crowd feel that he or she was the center of attention. Her greatest pleasure, though, was in spending time with her family and planning adventures with Milo. She will be missed forever.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Moth (www.themoth.org), an organization that exemplified Katie’s passion for bringing people together; creating, sharing and demonstrating the pleasure of living life in the moment. A memorial service is being planned.
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Jason Takao Koyasu ’99
He passed away February 2, 1997.