Harry A. Brunger
Published 2:06 pm, Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Rev. Harry Albert Brunger died Aug. 15, at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, Calif. He was 91.
He was born November 10, 1919, to Clifford and Ethel Brunger in Grand Ledge Mich.
He graduated from Michigan State University and from Yale Divinity School. Following Yale he served as assistant minister at the United Church-On-The-Green in New Haven. Having been involved in the YMCA since childhood, he was recruited by the International Committees of the YMCAs of Canada and the USA to work with the youth in Canton, China.
Following many years of work in China and Hong Kong, he was transferred to work with the YMCAs of the Middle East and was centered in Beirut. Upon return to the United States he became representative of the World Alliance of YMCAs to the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Council.
Upon retirement in 1985, he was greatly honored for his many years of work by being inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame. Though retired, he continued his involvement with the YMCA becoming an important link with the YMCA of China and leading many delegations to China.
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In 1992 he moved to Pilgrim Place in Claremont, Calif., where, following the death of his wife, Grace, in 1996, he met Marilyn Isler, former director of the Darien YWCA and resident of Rowayton. In 1998 they were married and continued to live at Pilgrim Place where he was deeply involved in a multitude of community service agencies.
In addition to his wife, Marilyn Isler Brunger, he leaves a brother, sister, two sons, a daughter, and their families and a stepson and stepdaughter and their families. He was predeceased by two brothers, a son and a stepson.
Memorial services for The Rev. Brunger are planned for Friday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. at Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave. in Claremont, Calif.
Memorial contributions may be made to: YMCA of the USA-World Service, Attn: Mary Tikalsky, 101 N. Wacker Dr., 16th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60606; to Pilgrim Place-Napier Center, 625 Mayflower Road, Claremont, CA 91711 or to Claremont Presbyterian Church-Mission Commission, 111 N. Mountain Ave, Claremont, CA 91711.