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Peter A. Brigham

1939 - 2016 Peter A. Brigham, (76) of Wynnewood, PA, son of a preeminent Berkshire County civic leader and a long-time national activist in the field of burn injury, died on June 22nd, after a long fight with cancer, at Wesley Enhanced Living in Media, PA. Brigham was born in PIttsfield in 1939, the son of Crane Paper executive Henry D. Brigham and Gladys Allen Brigham, a descendant of Protestant missionaries. Following his father's death in 1944, his mother, long an active civic leader, became one of the nations first female United Way executives, directing what is now Berkshire United Way from 1948 to 1967. The building housing program now known as Girls Inc., her first of numerous community interests when she arrived in Pittsfield in 1923, was renamed the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center in her honor. Her son Peter attended local schools and served as the president of the first class to graduate from South Junior High School in 1954. Soon after graduating from Yale College in 1961, he became Berkshire County's and Yale's first Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching and coaching sports at a high school in Nigeria. After returning home from Peace Corps service he pursued graduate studies in community social work and social policy at the University of Michigan, eventually settling in the Philadelphia area. He soon became associated with a new organization serving the region's network of burn treatment centers, which he directed from 1979 to 2004. He also provided a variety of staff and program services at the national level, for the American Burn Association. Brigham is survived by stepsons Stephen, Douglas, and Eric Jennings of Delaware County, PA and Brian Jennings of Puyallup, WA, their wives, and eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. His former wife Judith Trustone of Swarthmore, PA also survives. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, 165 East Street in Pittsfield.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 3, 2016
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