January 27, 2004

Graduate Student Dies

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A first-year student in the Johnson Graduate School of Management died over winter break of natural causes. Tiffany Burns JGSM ’05, 28, was in international waters near Mexico on a cruise to Belize when she suffered an aneurysm on Jan. 9.

Cornell officials learned of the incident on Jan. 12, when Burns was taken off life support. According to Linda Grace-Kobas, interim vice president for communications and media relations, a support session for students was held on Jan. 15 at the business school.

According to family members quoted in the Biloxi, Miss., Sun Herald, Burns was an avid traveler and planned to work in corporate real estate. She graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point before coming to Cornell.

Burns’ family is setting up a scholarship in her memory, Project DESERVE — Despite Every Socio-Economic Reason, Visions Emerge.

The funeral was held on Jan. 21 in Burns’ hometown of Pine Bluff, Ark.

Archived article by Sun Staff