RENOWNED anthropologist Dr. Erlinda Burton passed away at a hospital here on Tuesday morning. She was 74.
Burton was the chair of the Cagayan de Oro Historical Commission and before that, was the curator of the museum at Xavier University.
Known for her historical conservation advocacy, Burton figured prominently in the fight to preserve the Huluga caves. The area is thought to be Cagayan de Oro’s first human settlement.
Burton took her MA in archeology from Brigham Young University in Utah, and taught archeology and biological anthropology for a while in California.
She was born in Kalinga Apayao on Nov. 30, 1944. She started teaching at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro in 1983.
Maricel Casino-Rivera, city hall’s information officer, said the passing away of Burton would be a great loss to the efforts of finding the lost history of the city.
“Dr. Burton was a hard act to follow. We mourn for her passing,” Rivera said.
Dinah Galleros of the Cagayan de Oro Historical Commission said the body of Burton is at the Divine Shepherd chapel in Bulua.
Public viewing started Tuesday night until Friday night. (Froilan Gallardo)