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Amelia B Kerrigan

August 26, 1947 December 27, 2017
Amelia B Kerrigan
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Amelia B. Kerrigan died of a stroke in her Santa Maria home on December 27, 2017.
She was born in Bethesda, Maryland on August 26, 1947, the eldest child of Mary Elizabeth Burnham and Dr. Donald L. Burnham. She attended public schools in Bethesda and graduated with Highest Honors from Middlebury College in Vermont, where she completed a pre-med program while also majoring in English Literature. She then attended Cornell Medical School at New York Hospital, where she finished first in her class and was consequently named class Valedictorian.
In 1973 she married William Wallace (“Wally”) Kerrigan, then an English Professor at the University of Virginia. Completing her psychiatric residency at the University, she entered private practice in Charlottesville, and soon gave birth to her children Brian Burnham Kerrigan (born in 1978, now living in Nipomo) and Ann Dunaway Kerrigan (born in 1981, now living in Haleiwa, Hawaii). After three years in the Washington DC area, the Kerrigan family moved to Amherst MA. Amelia worked for a time at Kaiser Permanente; she remembered with particular satisfaction her several rotations as psychiatrist to the colorful inmates of a Northampton jail. When Kaiser cut back its presence in Massachusetts, she again returned to private practice until her retirement in 2004. Then the Kerrigans migrated to Santa Maria, where Amelia touched many lives and made a number of dear friends. She is survived by her husband Wally, her children Brian and Ann, her brother Judson Burnham, and her sister Diane Burnham.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 1:00pm in the Chapel of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary.


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