UM-Dearborn professor emeritus Joachim Bruhn died Dec. 12

February 6, 2006

DEARBORN / Feb. 6, 2006---Joachim Bruhn, professor emeritus of German and humanities at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, died Dec. 12 in Munich, Germany, from complications from a fall. He was 78 years old.

Bruhn served as dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters at UM-Dearborn from 1974 to 1979 and was director of the campus's Honors College from 1979 to 1983. He also helped create UM-Dearborn's International Studies Program and was its director from 1981 to 1984. He retired from the faculty and was named professor emeritus in 1992.

At UM-Dearborn, he taught a wide range of courses in literature and culture, including courses in East German literature at a time when the subject was often neglected.

"A dynamic and enthusiastic teacher, he had great success in attracting and keeping students in the German program," the U-M Regents noted on Bruhn's retirement. "He maintained active contact with area high schools, and his yearly travels to East and West Germany kept his teaching informed by direct and up-to-date experience of current events and trends."

Bruhn sought other ways to enrich students' cultural lives, including organizing groups of students and their families to attend concerts of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. After his retirement, he returned to Germany where he was able take advantage of the wide array of musical and artistic offerings, including concerts, music festivals and art shows.

A native of Germany, Bruhn earned his doctorate from the University of Kiel, and also studied at the University of Zurich, Oxford University and Brown University. Before joining the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1974, he taught at the U-M Ann Arbor campus and Duke University, and held administrative and faculty positions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the City University of New York. After retirement, he moved to Munich after serving as guest lecturer at the University of Rostock in the former East Germany.

Survivors include his companion, Gertrud Diekmann; his former wife, Marsha S. Bruhn; and his four children, son Dieter Bruhn and daughters Elisa Wells, Erika Bruhn and Christa Bruhn.

A memorial service will be held at a family reunion in Michigan in August. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Joachim "Kim" Bruhn Scholarship for International Study at the Office of Institutional Advancement, 1040 Administration Building, UM-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn MI 48128. The scholarship fund will support study-abroad programs for UM-Dearborn students.

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