Hobie Burns, 1925-2008 Web Master | April 25, 2011 Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Hobert W. Burns, a Menlo alum and influential California state college administrator noted for his progressive educational policies, passed away Oct. 14 at his Los Gatos home after a short battle with cancer. He was 83. A native of San Francisco, his long career in higher education included his influential role as Academic Vice President at San Jose State University, where Bert created a model for general education that was eventually adopted by the entire California State College system. “Our father was once the SBA President at Menlo and credited much of his professional success to the caring atmosphere of the college,” said his daughters, Janifer Burns and Carol Crane. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family. The family asks that donations be made to the Hospice of the Valley in San Jose, CA in lieu of flowers.