Weston resident Rhoda K. Burnham died on Jan. 7 at the age of 93. She was one of the first clinical psychologists licensed in Connecticut. Her first job was at Joel Barlow High School in Redding.
She recently closed her 50-year practice in Westport, where she helped hundreds of people with a variety of ailments. She was a member of the Connecticut State Board of Examiners of Psychology and served as secretary of the Connecticut Psychological Association.
Burnham's joie de vivre was evident in everything she did. She was passionate about food and wine, ballet and opera, art and books, politics and sports. Especially the Mets.
She was an avid reader and collector of early female authors. For many years she was a member of the Jane Austen Society and held monthly book groups for antiquarian book lovers. The mother of four and working professional was also an early and strong proponent of feminism.
Burnham was predeceased by her husband, Michael S. Burnham, a dentist, gourmet chef and longtime member of the Weston Planning and Zoning Commission. They were married for more than 50 years and lived in Weston since 1953.
She is survived by three of her children, Randy Burnham and Linda Hudson of Westport, Mary Burnham and Jack Bestor of Sandy Hook, and Michael Burnham and Elizabeth Harris of Memphis and eight grandchildren.
She was also predeceased by her daughter Katherine Burnham of Oregon City, Ore.
There will be a memorial service at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 2:30 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, 2811 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 500, Santa Monica, CA 90403.
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