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KENNETH D. BRUMMEL, Longtime Westport resident and former Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kenneth D. Brummel, died on December 29, 2012 in Palm Springs, CA. He was 77 years old. Born in Holland, Michigan in 1935, Ken was a respected teacher and leader in the education field. Upon graduation from Michigan State University in 1957, he began his career as an English teacher in the Detroit school system working at the junior high school level. After earning his master's degree in secondary education from Harvard, Ken settled in Oak Park, IL where he taught English and became assistant principal of Glenbrook South High School. Ken joined the Westport school system in 1964, when he was named assistant principal and then principal of Bedford Junior High School. His tenure in Westport was marked by his twelve year engagement as superintendent, during which he was a strong advocate for student achievement and educational advancement while setting high standards for teacher aptitude and preparedness. He received his doctorate from Columbia Teachers College in 1979. After leaving Westport, Ken served as superintendent in Grosse Pointe, MI as well as Orange County and Lancaster, CA. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Ken was a proponent of new ideas and methodologies for school administration and educational instruction. He also served his community and his profession as a volunteer and leader in organizations ranging from the Kiwanis Club to the National School Boards Association. He retired from the education field in 1992 and had been working in small business in the Palm Springs area since 1996. Ken is survived by his wife, Josephine Brummel and their children, Lisa, Beth, and Peter. He was the proud grandfather of four grandchildren. He is also survived by his long-time business partner, Darnell Harrison, II. Private arrangements for burial have been made by the family.
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Apr. 24, 2013