Jack (Gerald John) Brenner

Jack (Gerald John) Brenner

Jack Brenner, age 79 of Seattle, Washington died unexpectedly of a stroke on February 8. Jack is survived by Midge, his wife of 60 years; daughters Lise Brenner and Jessica Nicholas (Larry Nicholas); grandsons Sam and Andy Nicholas; sister Jeanette Schiel; niece Debra Jackson; nephews Dennis and Doug Schiel. A semi-pro pitcher scouted by the Yankees and the Dodgers, he retired as an English professor at the University of Washington. At UW he was a director of Upward Bound and the Puget Sound Writers Project and was awarded the Distinguished Teacher's Award and two Fulbright lectureships. The 'world's first' Bulgarian baseball coach, Jack was co-founder of the Bulgarian Federation of Baseball. "We love the things we love for what they are" (R. Frost).

A memorial service will be held February 24th, 2-5pm, Graham Visitor's Center, University of Washington Arboretum, Seattle. In lieu of flowers please send donations in his name to Habitat for Humanity.

Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 17, 2013