By: Charlotte D. ’19 and Rachel ’19
Cameron (Cami) Burton ’10 died in an automobile accident while serving in Malawi with the Peace Corps on Mar. 20, 2017.
Burton devoted her life to making the world a better place through volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, giving swimming lessons to low-income families and creating outreach materials for NO/AIDS Taskforce, before she started working for the Peace Corps. Burton began her work with the Peace Corps in 2015 after graduating from Tulane University with a Masters in Public Health. During her time in Malawi, Burton worked at a local health center helping the community address concerns about malaria and ending preventable child and maternal deaths.
Even as a high school student, Burton knew that one of her goals was to help others. Taylor Wolk ’10, a friend of Burton’s during their time together at Marlborough, said Burton shared a positive outlook with everybody she met.
“[Cami] didn’t want people to see the dullness in the world or the sadness…[she was] a little section of positive energy that would just run out into the world, and she would spread [happiness] everywhere,” Wolk said.
Burton was an active member of the UltraViolet and played on the water polo team while at Marlborough.
In addition to the impact she left on her peers, Burton is remembered by many of her teachers for her bright personality. 12th Grade Level Dean and mathematics instructor Alison Moser said that Burton’s exuberance always found its way into the classroom.
“When she would laugh, it would be magical…everybody would stop and listen. It was just this pure, joyous sound,” Moser said.
Burton’s memorial service was held on Mar. 31 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale, where she grew up.
As the youngest of four sisters, all of whom attended Marlborough, Burton tried to make a difference in her community. Her sister Catriana Burton Ahluwalia ’00 said her sister always wanted to leave her own mark.
“She didn’t just stand on her sisters’ shoulders: she launched herself from our shoulders. It’s almost as if from day one, she just had this natural thing inside her that it was her mission to [help others],” Ahluwalia said.
Ahluwalia added that current Marlborough students can learn from Burton when making choices that differ from traditional paths.
“[I would tell students] to not be afraid to follow [their] heart. …You might sacrifice an impulse to…do something like Peace Corps instead of just getting a corporate job because you’re fearful of what’s going to happen, but Cami didn’t let that happen to her,” Ahluwalia said.