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Brunn, George (-2014) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Brunn, George (-2014)

Historical Note:

George was born in Vienna, Austria, and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was a young man. George enlisted in the army and fought in North Africa and Italy. After returning from the war, George Brunn attended Stanford University receiving a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1947 and a juris doctorate in 1950. George then became a judge for the County of Alameda and worked as a trial judge for twenty years. He was extensively involved in professional and community service. His ties to the Consumer Movement include service on the Pacific Bell Telecommunications Consumer Advisory Panel from 1990–1992, the Consumers Union of the United States Board of Directors from 1966–1978 and the California Attorney General Consumer Fraud Task Force from 1969–1973.

After retiring George continued working as an arbitrator and mediator. He spent much of his time writing handbooks for judges both on search and seizure and the death penalty. To George's family and friends, he was known for his wit, smarts, limericks, jokes, and poems that he had made up over the years. On his 90th birthday, he had a small gathering of family and friends over, as he did for many years. The room was filled with joy and laughter. George was preceded in death by his loving wife Ruth. They had been married for 54 years. George was survived by his daughter Tracy, son Scott, niece Nancy, nephew David and cousin Trudy.

Sources: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?pid=171859551#sthash.r2faNqol.dpuf

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