George Brunn The Honorable George Brunn passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 30, 2014 after a short illness.
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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 received his BA and JD degrees from Stanford and practiced law in San Francisco. George then became a judge for the County of Alameda and worked as a trial judge for twenty years.
After retiring George continued working as an arbitrator, mediator and 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 is survived by his daughter Tracy, son Scott, niece Nancy, nephew David and cousin Trudy.
A celebration of life for both Ruth and George will be in the fall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Amnesty International or Planned Parenthood.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 27, 2014