Tom Burns (1906-1995) was an British Roman Catholic author and publisher who was a longtime editor of "The Tablet" from 1967 to 1982. Born on April 21, 1906, in Chile, Tom Burns was the son of a Scottish businessman. His family relocated to London. He studied at Wimbledon College and Stonyhurst, where he knew Rev. Martin D'Arcy, S.J.
In London, Frank Sheed asked Burns to become part of a new publishing house, Sheed and Ward. In 1936, Burns joined the publisher Longman Green. During World War II, Burns served as press attache at the British embassy in Madrid, Spain. After the end of World War II, Tom Burns worked as managing director of Burns and Oates, a Catholic publishing firm. Burns then became editor of "The Tablet" in 1967, and he held that position until 1982. John Wilkins became editor of "The Tablet" after Burns.
In 1944, Tom Burns married Mabel Maranon. The couple had four children.
In 1993, Sheed and Ward published Tom Burns' autobiography entitled, "The Use of Memory." Tom Burns died on December 8, 1995.
[Source: Obituary of Tom Burns by John Wilkins in "The Independent," December 9, 1995.]