1919 - 1993
Hilja S. Burton was born in Gloucester to Finnish parents, Andrew R. and Hanna (Pietila) Johnson. She graduated from Gloucester High School in 1936 after being awarded the Sawyer Medal for academic excellence. She was one of the original members of the Folly Cove Designers. She married A. Ross Burton, Virginia Lee Demetrios’ brother, and they had two sons, Richard and Ross.