LESLIE A. BRUDVIG (Age 85)
Retired Arlington, VA businessman and Bronze Star
Medal veteran of WWII
, died peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Richmond, VA's Retreat Hospital. Born in Kenosha, WI and raised in Aneta, ND, he enlisted in the Army
in 1944 and served as a rifleman in the Philippines during WWII. In 1945, he earned the Bronze Star Medal for "meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy." During his Army tenure, Leslie attended the Signal Corps photo school and was then sent to Korea where he served as a combat photographer. The knowledge and skills learned there enabled him to open what became an iconic
Arlington, VA camera store: FALLS Camera. Originally established in 1955 as "Side Street Camera," in Clarendon, the business was a mainstay in the area until Leslie closed the business in 2001 and retired to his beloved summer home on Buggs Island lake in Clarkesville, VA. During his retirement, Leslie wrote two novels, Love Company and ELCO, both of which chronicle the lives of several soldiers in combat together during WWII and later formed a multimillion dollar company. Leslie joins Frances, his wife of 52 years, in the hereafter, and he will be mourned by daughter Linda and her husband Larry of Venice, FL; son Alan and his wife Deb of Alexandria, VA, son Scott and his wife Johanna of Richmond, VA, and his brother Manley and wife Mary of Redding, CA, as well as wide-reaching family and friends. Interment will take place at Arlington Cemetery later this summer in a private ceremony with family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Association of Hospices and Palliative Care.