Thomas Leland Bruner

Thomas Leland Bruner Died December 24, 2012, from heart failure at Stanford University Medical Center, at age 42. He grew up in San Leandro, California, and graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Communications. He later earned a Masters in International Finance from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. While at USC, he participated in Semester at Sea, and that experience fostered a lifelong love of world travel. He fell in love with the rugged beauty of California's Redwood Coast and built his dream home in Trinidad, where he enjoyed golf, fly fishing, kayaking, and skeet shooting. A natural-born redhead, he was opinionated and passionate about many things, and one of them was teaching economics and finance at Humboldt State University. He tried to show his students how economics affected everything, especially politics and third-world development. Many of his students expressed their appreciation for his ability to make the subject come alive, and some changed their majors to economics after taking his class. Although he suffered from a lifelong congenital heart condition, he traveled all over the world, including Southeast Asia, South America, Africa and Antarctica. Ten years ago he received a heart transplant, and he and his family were extremely grateful for that gift of more time. He is survived by his mother Barbara Bruner, sisters Lynne Bruner and Anne Bruner Nash, brother-in-law Jeffrey Nash, niece and nephew Katherine and John Nash, his beloved dog Hannah, and many good friends. A celebration of Thomas's life is being planned; email for details. In lieu of flowers, please consider signing an organ donor card. Please sign the guest book at, click obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Jan. 1 to Jan. 6, 2013