Sandra J. Burton, one of the first women to become a correspondent for Time Magazine, died on Feb. 27. Cause of death was not released. She was 62.
Burton graduated from Middlebury College and joined Time as a library “clip girl” in 1964. During the 1970s, she rose through the magazine’s ranks, working as a correspondent in Los Angeles and Paris and as the Boston bureau chief. Burton became the Hong Kong bureau chief in 1982, and made a name for herself covering southeast Asia.
In 1983, Burton was flying with opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino as he returned to the Philippines from exile in the United States. Once the plane landed, Aquino was escorted to the tarmac by government soldiers and executed. Burton later testified against the soldiers accused of the assassination and provided her audio tape recording of the shooting.
Aquino’s murder sparked unrest and eventually led to the 1986 revolt that toppled dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, and installed Corazon Aquino as president. Burton chronicled these historical events for Time, and in the book “Impossible Dream: The Marcoses, the Aquinos, and the Unfinished Revolution.” Her final years were spent freelancing for Time and working on a biography of James Brook, the 19th-century English soldier who was made a rajah of Sarawak.