We are saddened to have learned of the death of Economics Instructor Thomas Bruner. He died of natural causes on Christmas Eve.
Thomas was a longtime instructor in the Department of Economics, where he had taught classes since 2004.
This is a very difficult loss for our University community and, most especially, Thomas's family, friends, students and colleagues. On behalf of our campus, I would like to express our deepest condolences to all those who were close to Thomas. Our thoughts are with them, and we are here to support them however possible.
Colleagues in the Department of Economics remember Thomas as a passionate, popular, humorous and effective lecturer. He tried to show his students how economics affected everything, especially politics and third-world development. Many of his students have expressed their appreciation for his ability to make the subject come alive. He will certainly be missed. My wife and I will miss the occasional opportunities we had to join Thomas for a meal and good conversation.
Again, we offer our condolences to those who were close to Thomas. For anyone who would find it helpful, I encourage you to consider visiting our Counseling Center on campus, which may be reached at 826-3236.
Rollin C. Richmond