Robert Gerald ‘Bob’ Brunger ’42 of Murrysville, Pa., died on December 22, 2009. Born in 1921, Bob attended both Denver Christian School and South High School. A member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society at Mines, he met and married Alberta Ham before graduating with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering. After working briefly for Alcoa in Denver, he enlisted and served as a naval officer in the South Pacific during World War II. One of his assignments was serving as commander of an LST, a landing ship capable of delivering a large number of vehicles directly onto a beach. After the war, Bob returned to Alcoa and was transferred to Lafayette, Ind., where he worked for many years and was active in a number of civic organizations. He was later transferred to Pittsburgh, where he was promoted to vice president. After retiring from Alcoa, he was involved in a variety of business pursuits. He developed a vacuum system for dispensing liquids that was the forebear of current medication dispensing processes. Bob was an avid tinkerer, inventor, sports enthusiast and lover of good steak. He was predeceased by his wife, Alberta, and is survived by two sons, Ronald and Robert; brother, Wilbur; sister, Barbara; three grandchildren; and longtime friend and companion, Bonnie Iezzi, and her four children and six grandchildren.
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