Ken Burnley Passes Away
Kenneth Burnley tied a meet record in the 60-yard dash vs. Penn at Yost Field House in 1963.

July 12, 2011

DETROIT (AP) -- Former Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Kenneth Burnley, who won national school superintendent of the year honors in Colorado before taking on the job running the district in his Michigan hometown, has died in Alaska.

Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel owner John R. Lee told The Associated Press that Burnley, 69, died Saturday. Additional details weren't immediately available Sunday.

At the time of his death, Burnley was heading a sprawling, 17,000-student district north of Anchorage.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that Burnley had complications after undergoing double knee-replacement surgery and died at Alaska Regional Medical Center in Anchorage.

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Bio, notes about Ken Burnley
U-M track, 1961-1964, assistant coach 1968-1972

Born: 4/20/1942
Died: 7/2/2011
Hometown Detroit, MI
High School: Mumford High School

Received three degrees from U-M School of Education: BS (Phys.-Ed and Special Ed. 1964), MA (1969), PhD.

Freshman Numeral: 1961
Varsity Letter: 1962-1964

Team Championships: 1962 Indoor, 1963 and 1964 Outdoor

Ran sprints: 60, 65, 100, 220, 300, and 440 yard dashes and on occasion the 440 and mile relays

300-yard dash seems to have been is best event, recorded a best time of 0:31.7 for 4th place in 1962 Big Ten Indoor meet

Tied a meet record in 60-yard dash of 0:6.4 vs. Penn at Yost Field House in 1963

In 1964-1965, he coached track at Muskegon Heights, MI
In 1965-1967, coached the Ann Arbor Track Club

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