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Marilyn R. Bruhn

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ARLINGTON -- Marilyn R. Bruhn, 80, died at her home on Friday, Nov. 25, 2005.

Ms. Bruhn was born in Birmingham, Ala., on March 23, 1925, the daughter of Ruth and Robert Bruhn. The family later moved to New Jersey.

She graduated from Middlebury College in 1947 and from Katherine Gibbs. For 16 years, she was the executive assistant to the president of New York University. She held a similar position at the JM Foundation until her retirement. These positions earned her an invitation to membership in the Seraphie Society, comprised exclusively of women who have served as executive assistants to CEO’s of corporations or organizations.

She was an active member of the Park Avenue Methodist Church, serving as chairwoman of the board of trustees. During this time she authored a history of the church. Ms. Bruhn’s strong ties to Middlebury College led her become an alumni trustee from 1978 to 1987 and a member of the college alumni board from 1991-94. She also acted as a class agent, chairwoman of the 50th reunion, president of the national alumni club from 1960-62 and president of the N.Y.C. Alumni Club from 1963-64.

At the time of her death she was a trustee of the Bennington Museum and the Burditt House in Arlington. She was a member of the Arlington Garden Club and a former member of the Dorset Field Club.

Mrs. Bruhn is survived by Harold Wesler, her companion of 50 years and three cousins, Melvin Sharpe of Birmingham, Gene Briggs of Sumter, S.C., and Elaine Meshad of Sarasota, Fla.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 28, 2005. at 11a.m. at the Arlington Chapel of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Bradford Clark, rector of St. James Episcopal Church, presiding. Interment will take place in the family lot in Birmingham. There are no calling hours. Memorial gifts in memory of Ms. Bruhn may be made to the Martha Canfield Library in Arlington or the Bennington Museum in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P. O. Box 528, Arlington, VT. 05250.

To send condolences to the family of Marilyn R. Bruhn please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, 2005
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