(Special to The News)
DETROIT - Frank Burton, 77, University of Michigan graduate whose pioneering work led to the present building codes of Detroit and Ann Arbor, died Sunday at a Detroit nursing home.
He was chairman of the board of Burton Abstract & Title Co., which was founded by his father, Clarence Burton.
Mr. Burton presented the well known Burton Historical Collection, which was established by his father, to the Detroit Public Library. At the time of the presentation it was regarded as the largest collection of historical works in the world.
He was a brother of Mrs. Raymond E. Spokes of 1307 Brooks, Ann Arbor.
Also surviving are his wife, Bernice, and another sister, Mrs. Harriet B. Reed of Birmingham.
Mr. Burton was graduated from the U-M with a degree in chemical engineering in 1907. His work in drafting the Detroit city building code, which was used as a model in establishing a similar code for Ann Arbor, was done when he was head of building and safety engineering in Detroit.
He was president of Burton Abstract & Title until his retirement a few years ago. The firm has an Ann Arbor office at 116 N. Fourth Ave.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of the William R. Hamilton Co. at Detroit with burial in Grand Lawn Cemetery.
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