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BREWSTER, RUDI MILTON May 18, 1932 to September 7, 2012 Rudi Milton Brewster, 80, died on September 7, 2012, of complications from pneumonia at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. He was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on May 18, 1932, to Charles and Wilhelmina Brewster. Upon graduation from Washington High School in 1950, he attended Princeton University and participated in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program. In 1954, he graduated from Princeton University with a BA degree and a commission as a Navy Ensign. He married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Jane Nanson, and went on to complete his flight training and report to a squadron at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego. In 1957, he enrolled in Stanford Law School and upon graduation began his legal career with the San Diego law firm Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the U.S. District Court. During his tenure on the bench, he presided over a wide variety of cases with the assistance of his many talented law clerks and chambers staff. He took senior status in 1998. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gloria; his son Dr. Scot Brewster (Melissa) of Rancho Santa Fe and their children Sterling, Meredith and Spencer; daughter Lauri Alan-Lee (Brett) of Solana Beach and their children Taylor, Connor and Kelsey; daughter Julie Yahnke (Dale) of Carmel Valley and their children Allison and Natalie; as well as his many nieces and nephews across the country. Rudi was an avid outdoorsman and over the years enjoyed many activities with his family and friends. He loved flying privately, waterskiing, snow skiing, hunting and most recently took up golf, saying, "It'll be easy, all you have to do is hit the ball into the hole!" Rudi's love of music lead him to refine his skill with the clarinet and he went on to join the San Diego City Guard Band. He also loved to play his clarinet alongside U.S. District Judge Marilyn L. Huff - a pianist - and they performed "gigs" as the musical duo Judicial Harmony for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in La Jolla. Rudi was passionate about his membership in The San Diego Rotary Club. As a Rotarian, he served as a past president of the Downtown Club #33 and he was involved in numerous civic and community events. He particularly enjoyed the time he spent reading to "his kids" at Cesar Chavez Elementary School as a Rotary Reader and singing in the Rotary Chorus. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley, 2111 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rudi M. Brewster's memory to: The Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute c/o Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, P.O. Box 2669, La Jolla, CA 92038 or to the San Diego Foundation for the Rotary Club #33 of San Diego, 2247 San Diego Ave., #233, San Diego, CA 92110.

Published in U-T San Diego on Sept. 16, 2012
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