I was planning to head back over to New Jersey from Pennsylvania, where I now live, to pay Mr. Brosius a visit. I recently located my copy of "Home is the Battlefield," with the idea of bringing that and the report which I prepared after our 5th grade trip to Williamsburg and Jamestown in March 1974 to show him. How sad was I, upon phoning my brother (who is still in Brick) for confirmation that Mr. Brosius was still living there, to hear that he had recently died. I last saw him in August 1988, when a friend and I paid a surprise visit to him at Drum Point. That's when he signed my book, writing "Best wishes and good memories of Drum Point and fifth grade. Mr. Bro."
While I am likely able to name every teacher I had while a student a Drum Point Elementary School, it's Mr. Brosius whom I remember with the greatest fondness. Learning to multiply, playing softball during recess, a trip to a Phillies game, visiting Valley Forge (still have my photos from that trip, too) and Jamestown/Williamsburg (including the 5th grade play before we went) -- these are all pleasant memories for me. He made a positive impression and was a good man, dedicated to the betterment of his students while still providing his class with some fun time (I recall playing the Mad Libs word game as a class with Mr. Bro filling in the the blanks with nouns and adjectives on the blackboard as the class provided them).
You have, James R. Brosius, left me and many other students with "good memories of Drum Point and fifth grade." For that I thank you. For your passing I mourn. I hope that you had Christ as your Savior because I really, really want to see you again in heaven and thank you (again) personally.