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November 14, 2018

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November 9, 2018
I didn't know James well, but I think we met on one occasion, long ago. James' father Arthur Bronwell used to be an electrical engineering professor at Northwestern University. The family once lived in a suburb of Chicago. Arthur sold my father the home where I spent most of my childhood years. In fact, Arthur graciously provided Dad and Mom with a loan on the property. The Bronwells then moved east, toward Worcester.

My name is also James. I'm younger than James Bronwell, but we might have both attended the same elementary school. I would have started in the fall after my family moved in. Maybe James B. knew my great aunt Courtney (a different last name), who once taught at the nearby grade school.

I remember that when we moved in, I noticed a legacy that young James had left me: There were many holes that he'd dug between the garage and the little, red swing set. I'd planned to enhance some of these with my father's spade. But Dad forbade me to do that. Instead, a friend and I bored a great pit in his backyard. So, James and I must think alike in some ways. I notice that we shared a love of music, too.

And I'm a student of television history who applauds Arthur Bronwell's contribution: A unique color television tube (US Patent 2461515A, which I admire). I learned about it in one of Albert Abramson's television history books. I once met a distinguished engineer Hugh Christian, who remembered Arthur Bronwell and his television work. Hugh has now passed on, and I never had a chance to ask more about the famous tube patent.

Many of my family's neighbors must have been friends of the Bronwells. The Groves across the alley sometimes mentioned the Bronwell family. Mr. and Mrs. Groves had been friends of the Ringholms, predecessors of the Bronwells at our address. The Groves are gone now. Mr. Groves surprised us all by living to be 104! He was healthy.

I'm so sorry to hear about James' death. He must have been a fine person, one whom I would want to know better. (Contact www.hawestv.com)
September 12, 2018
As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken heart (Psalm 147:3), may your treasured memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.
September 9, 2018
RIP Reverend Bronwell.. You were certainly a 'god-send' for the UCC in Groton. They still say (and I've thought of you every time) "we shall not offer God that which costs us nothing".. Great words, great man. So sorry to hear that the end of your life was so troubling - to you and those who loved you. Funny that i had a part in the Parkinson's ride in Maine yesterday - and am walking for a cure for Alzheimers in a couple weeks-- when I read what you were dealing with in your final days.. Now I'll add your name to those i walk for!! Rest easy, my friend.
September 7, 2018
Thank you for being at UCCGroton when you were needed.