Bruce McCormick Putnam
1930 - 2019
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Bruce McCormick Putnam died March 2, 2019, just before his 89th birthday, peacefully with his wife, Liz, by his side.

Bruce was the youngest child of Harold and Elizabeth (Runkle) Putnam, born March 16, 1930, in Los Angeles, CA. The son of an army lieutenant general, Bruce moved around through the west and the south as a child, with his older siblings Elizabeth and Richard. He graduated from Redlands High School (CA), Stanford University (BA, MS) and Harvard Business School (MBA).

Bruce married Amy Stevens Putnam in 1957 and the couple had four children while Bruce worked for Arthur D. Little, one of the earliest consulting firms in the country. Just after he retired from ADL, Amy died in April 1991. Bruce moved to the family home in New London, New Hampshire and re-connected with one of Amy's friends from Vassar College, Elizabeth Cushman Titus. Bruce and Liz were married in Tucson, Arizona in May 1992. Bruce sang with Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus for ten years and served on the boards of Merck Forest, The Bennington Museum, the Lake Sunapee Protective Association and the Student Conservation Association, founded by Liz.

Bruce loved his family, sports, music, art and cared deeply about the environment and democracy. Bruce is survived by his wife, Liz; four children: Carol A. Thomsen, Richard B. Putnam, Deborah D. Putnam, and Dale S. Putnam; stepdaughter Phebe Titus Lime; and grandchildren Robert W. Thomsen, William C. Thomsen, Haley W. Putnam, Colette A. Putnam, Amy Clare Murphy-Putnam, Patrick D. Murphy-Putnam, and Nolan S. Putnam. Both Bruce's siblings preceded him in death.

There will be two memorial services to honor Bruce. The first will be at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Bennington, Vermont on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11 a.m. The second will be at Old St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in New London, New Hampshire on August 3, 2019 at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Student Conservation Association, Merck Forest, Bennington Museum and Lake Sunapee Protective Association in memory of Bruce.

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Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 9, 2019.
Memorial service
11:00 AM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Memorial service
11:00 AM
Old St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
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March 3, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Kelley Kaplan
June 28, 2019
Kelley Kaplan
May 31, 2019
Bruce was my great uncle and my favorite memory was when he spoke at my special school graduation in 1994
Kelley Kaplan
March 21, 2019
Oh my dear Liz. I'm heartbroken for you and your family. What an amazing vibrant man to be no longer in the world. We are a sadder lot for it.
All my love to you.
Catherine Lunn
March 20, 2019
Dear Liz, I will always remember my times helping in your home when Bruce was ill, as well as the times he was doing quite well. I send prayers to you, all your children and grands. Cindy Butler
March 11, 2019
Dear Liz,

I remember Bruce fondly from my days on the SCA board. He was always generous with his time, full of good humor, and sage advice. What a blessing to share your life together.
Fondly, Ellen Susman
March 9, 2019
Dear Liz and Family,

Jean and I are saddened to hear of Bruce's death. I so appreciated his long and much appreciated tenure on Merck Forest & Farmland Center's Board of Trustees. He always brought a smile, thoughtful insights, and cordiality to our conversations. We will miss him dearly. Peace
Tom Ward
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