Thomas Brumm Sr.

Thomas Theodore Brumm, Sr.

1931 - 2013

Thomas Theodore Brumm, Sr., passed away peacefully at home in Minneapolis, Minn., with family by his side Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.

He was preceded in death by infant daughter, Mary; and son, Peter (Lynn).

Born in Racine, Wis., on Aug. 12, 1931. Tom graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a life-long Badger fan. He met his wife, Michelle OConnor, in Chicago, Ill. The couple moved to Oconomowoc, Wis., to work for Brownberry Ovens. Subsequently he moved with the family to Kenosha, Wis., to take a position at Jockey International. That was the foundation of a professional life in the clothing business lasting into the 90s. His early achievements included the pioneering of sports athlete sponsorship seen as commonplace today. His career eventually took him to the east coast. There executive positions included President and CEO of Christian Dior Menswear, New York, and Robert Bruce of Philadelphia, among others. He was a true corporate leader, known for navigating difficult financial turnarounds and takeovers, while maintaining a very high level of standards, accented by exceptional personal and professional conscientiousness and integrity.

Tom will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Michelle OConnor Brumm of Minneapolis, Minn.; children, Thomas, Jr. (Catherine) of Friday Harbor, Wash., Timothy of Charlotte, NC; Elizabeth (Thad) Lawrynk of Carver, Minn.; grandchildren, Alexander and Nicholas Pries of Carver, Minn., Emma and Sophia Brumm of San Jose, Calif.; sister, Mary (Merlin) Derr of Port Orange, Fla.; niece, Melanie (Mark) Peterson; nephew, Mark Derr; cousin Joan (Joseph) Larscheid of Milwaukee, Wis.

He will be buried on peaceful San Juan Island, Wash., as he wished. The family will hold a memorial there in the spring.

Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Feb. 3, 2013