Richard A. BRUNT

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BRUNT Richard A. Richard A. Brunt, a retired Rogers High School science teacher and Toledo Public School administrator whose creativity, patience, drive, and kindness earned him the respect of students and teachers, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday. He was 68. He joined the science faculty at Rogers in 1965 after earning a bachelor's degree in biology from Michigan State University. In 1970, Dick earned his master's degree at the College of William and Mary after spending three summers in Williamsburg, VA. He earned an educational specialist degree from the University of Toledo. From 1971 to 1976, he also taught at Holy Spirit Seminary. In Dick's classes, students often found unexpected passion for science. He won several prestigious awards for his work in education, but the comments students left in his yearbooks best illustrate his influence as a teacher. "You have been the most kind-hearted, understanding and best teacher I've ever had," one said. "What this school needs is more devoted teachers like you -- even if we gotta work our hind-end off," said another. He left the classroom in 1983, when he was named the science director for the Toledo Public Schools. He was promoted to curriculum director in 1988. Starting in 1995, he led the district's effort to bring the Internet and improved technology into Toledo classrooms as the district's technology director. Despite Dick's passion for education, his wife and family were most important. He met Kathleen Ermish at MSU and they married in 1966, forming a partnership of love, devotion and support. On nights and weekends, Dick operated the Brunt Insurance Agency, which sold insurance mostly to educators. He was an MSU Master Gardener, treasurer of the Lucas County Retired Teachers Association, and a member of the Bedford Township Board of Zoning Appeals. He was a founding member of the Society for the Redistribution of Wealth- a poker group of friends who were Rogers teachers. They played monthly for more than 40 years. Dick was a loyal Spartans fan. He and Kathleen attended nearly every home football game. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Richard C. and Kathryn Brunt. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Brunt; sons, Christopher Brunt (Jenelle Williams) and Jonathan Brunt (Adrian Rogers); mother-in-law, Ruth Ermish; grandchildren, Jack Brunt, Molly Brunt, and Hazel Rogers-Brunt; sister, Judy Bayes (Jim Bayes); nieces, Janel Mowka and Kellie Bayes; loyal golden retriever, Duffy, and countless friends. Visitation for Dick will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Reeb Funeral Home in Sylvania. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday with a viewing at 10 a.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3077 Valleyview Drive in Toledo. Memorial contributions can be made in Dick's name to Epworth United Methodist Church or the Toledo Public Schools Foundation. Condolences may be made to the family at reebfuneralhome.com

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Published in Toledo Blade from July 29 to July 30, 2012
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