Robert J. Brummond

Robert J. Brummond

FARGO, N.D. — Robert Junior Brummond, age 94, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the Sanford Intensive Care Unit in Fargo, N.D. A memorial service was held April 8, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church in Fargo.

Robert was born Sept. 11, 1924, on the family farm in Center Creek Township, Martin County, Minn., to Robert John and Hazel (Betts) Brummond. He attended school in nearby Granada. Following graduation from high school, Robert attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. for one year before being drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1943. He served with the 12th Armored Division and survived both Battles of the Bulge, earning three Bronze Stars. He was among the first troops to cross the Danube River, later serving in the Occupation Forces.

After returning home from Europe, he benefitted from the GI Bill and returned to Macalester, where he received a B.A. degree in physics and German in 1949.

On Sept. 29, 1951, he married Joyce Herrlinger in Dovray, Minn.

His first teaching positions were Wycoff and Pemberton, Minn., and later Stuart and Emmetsburg, Iowa. During the summers, he attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota, receiving degrees in physics and science education in 1955.

In 1956, he was recruited to join the physics department at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., teaching physics, earth sciences and astronomy for 3.5 years.

He enjoyed traveling and visiting many places with Joyce and family. Robert loved the outdoors and liked to camp, sail, kayak, canoe, hike and bike ride.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Joyce; son, Donald (Barbara Edin) of Fargo, N.D.; daughter, Janice of Washington, D.C.; brother, D.W. “Bill” and sister, Helen Brummond, both of Truman, Minn.; along with a large extended family.

Memorial donations may be sent to International Dark Sky Association, Great Plains Food Bank or the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer.