Richard Ke­pler Brun­ner

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Richard Ke­pler Brun­ner's pass­port to Life ex­pired on De­cem­ber 1, 2018 --- af­ter a res­i­dency of 92 years, 5 months and 10 days. Whether his reser­va­tion to that pre­ferred Other Place will be granted is uncertain. A nov­el­ist, es­say­ist, re­porter, ra­dio news/sports an­nouncer, col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tor, teacher, news­pa­per colum­nist and edi­tor, he was the only child of 19th –cen­tury par­ents, Franklin Um­stead Brun­ner and Mary El­iz­a­beth (Ke­pler) Brun­ner. He was born on the first day of sum­mer, 1926, in Har­ris­burg, Pa. He and his wife, Betty Louise (Folk) Brun­ner (a Read­ing na­tive), cel­e­brated their 61st wed­ding an­niver­sary in Novem­ber 2018. In his se­nior year at Muh­len­berg High School, he en­listed in the Navy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Af­ter his ser­vice with the 85th Naval Con­struc­tion Bat­tal­ion in the South Pa­cific (New He­brides and Wake Is­land), he at­tended night classes at Columbia Uni­ver­sity, while work­ing a day job in the mail­room of the Amer­i­can Broad­cast­ing Co. His ra­dio script-writ­ing classes in the NBC stu­dios pre­pared him for a short ca­reer in net­work and syn­di­cated pro­grams, then in the twi­light of Ra­dio's Golden Age. In 1948-49, “Your Ra­dio Hym­nal,” his weekly pro­gram was syn­di­cated to sta­tions across the na­tion. Other ra­dio cred­its in­clude “Grand Cen­tral Sta­tion,” then a Satur­day sta­ple of the CBS ra­dio net­work. He was news di­rec­tor at WRAW, an NBC af­fil­i­ate in Read­ing, from 1949 to 1955. His novel, “Por­trait of the Damned,” writ­ten un­der the name Richard McKaye, was pub­lished in 1954. The Signet edi­tion, is­sued by the New Amer­i­can Li­brary of World Lit­er­a­ture, sold 137,000 copies. From 1958 to

1964, he was an As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of the Com­mis­sion of Press, Ra­dio and Tele­vi­sion for the Lutheran Church in Amer­ica, in New York City. His se­lec­tion of “Great Ser­mons of the 20th Cen­tury” was pub­lished in Pageant Mag­a­zine. In 1964 he be­gan his first so­journ into the realm of academia, work­ing in ad­min­is­tra­tive/ teach­ing po­si­tions at Muh­len­berg, Mo­ra­vian, Cedar Crest and Wilson Col­leges. His teach­ing as­sign­ments in­cluded Ex­pos­i­tory and Creative Writ­ing, Fresh­man Com­po­si­tion, Ba­sic Re­port­ing, Fea­ture Writ­ing, and the New Jour­nal­ism. In the in­terim be­tween col­lege em­ploy­ment, he was twice hired by the Call-Chronicle News­pa­pers; first, in 1970, as an editorial writer/edi­tor for The Morn­ing Call, Evening Chronicle and Sun­day Call-Chronicle. He re­turned in 1981, and re­tired as editorial page edi­tor of The Morn­ing Call in 1989. In 1967 he over­saw sub­stan­tial editorial emen­da­tions to “A His­tory of Muh­len­berg Col­lege,” pub­lished by Ap­ple­ton-Cen­tury Crofts. A decade later he edited “Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Mo­ra­vian Col­lege: Chal­lenge and Re­sponse,” a 202 page hard­cover his­tory. For more than a half cen­tury his news­pa­per and mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles on medicine, ed­u­ca­tion, re­li­gion, book re­views and world events ap­peared in Amer­i­can and Bri­tish pub­li­ca­tions. Dis­trib­uted by Metropoli­tan Sun­day News­pa­pers, The Chris­tian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor News Ser­vice and News­pa­per En­ter­prise As­so­ci­a­tion, they ran in many na­tional news­pa­pers --- in­clud­ing the Los An­ge­les Times, New York Sun­day News, Chicago Tri­bune, St. Louis GlobeDemo­crat, Philadel­phia In­quirer, Boston Globe and Philadel­phia Mag­a­zine. Dur­ing his decades' quest for copy, the place names un­der his by­line in­cluded Sa­markand, Belfast, Cairo, Arc­tic Cir­cle, Hol­ly­wood, Vi­enna, Brook­lyn Heights, Jerusalem, Tahiti, Moscow, Dublin, Venice, Sydney, Ber­lin (East and West), Toronto, Paris, and Martha's Vine­yard.

Sur­vivors: His wife Betty; daugh­ters Su­san El­iz­a­beth Phillips, wife of Robert “Skip” Phillips, Up­per Ma­cungie; Jen­nifer (“Jenny”) Ann Kuhns, wife of Wayne Kuhns, Sch­necksville; grand­chil­dren Adri­enne Ann Kuhns,

Les­lie Ann Phillips, An­drew John Phillips, and great­grand­chil­dren Tyler and Alexis Ann.

Ser­vices: A Fu­neral Ser­vice will take place on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Bachman, Ku­lik & Rein­smith, 225 Elm St., Em­maus. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 9:30 AM un­til the time of the ser­vice.

In­ter­ment: At the con­ve­nience of the fam­ily.

Lau­rel­dale Ceme­tery, Berks County. Here, in the shadow of the bell tower, he will be re­united in com­mon ground with his par­ents and his many friends. As a school­boy in wartime, from atop that tower, he scanned the sky for en­emy aeri­al­ists seek­ing rail line and air­port prey. It was a time of youth­ful zest, a com­mence­ment of the years when the ma­tric­u­la­tion in the School of

Life of­fered ca­pa­cious ad­ven­tures, tales that would fill the pages in ev­ery chap­ter in His Book of Life. Con­tri­bu­tions: Em­maus Pub­lic Li­brary, 11 E. Main

Street, Em­maus, PA 18049

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