Richard W. Bruner

Richard W. Bruner 6/26/1926 - 4/3/2013 Richard Wallace Bruner died peacefully at the age of 86 at his daughter's home. Born in Iowa, he graduated with a BA in English from the University of Minnesota and went on to a distinguished career as a writer. After high school, he served in WWII in the Philippines and Japan, during the Occupation. He started his writing career at the Mankato Freepress (Minnesota) and went on to write the New York segment of the Huntley-Brinkley report, the most popular television news program of its time. He was active in civil rights throughout his life and wrote two books for students, Black Politicians and a biography of Whitney Young, leader of the National Urban League. He also wrote Rush Towards Freedom, a highly acclaimed history of the civil rights movement which was made into a TV mini-series narrated by Julian Bond. His play, A Small Disturbance, was produced off-Broadway. He lived in Tucson for many years, where he continued to write, and he also founded the Tucson Farmers Market at St. Phillips Plaza. He moved to Budapest, Hungary, where he married and co-founded the first independent English language newspaper, Budapest Week, along with his son, Rick. He is survived by his wife, Erzsebet, of Budapest, his sons, Sean, Tucson, and Rick, Brooklyn, his daughter, Susan, Benicia, CA, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2013