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Bruce Birnbaum


- Bruce J. Birnbaum -

March 22, 1961 - April 8, 1993


(Bruce's obituary from the Rapid City Journal, April 9, 1993):

STOCKTON, Calif. — Bruce J. Birnbaum, 32, Stockton, formerly of Rapid City, S.D., died Thursday, April 8, 1993.

He was born March 22, 1961, at Rapid City, to Lawrence and Alma (Downen) Birnbaum.  He graduated from Rapid City Central High School and from Seattle Institute of Art in Seattle, Wash.  He was employed at Kinko's in Stockton at the time of his death.  Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Alma and Lester Gruenig, Fall City, Wash.; five brothers, Bill Birnbaum and Mike Birnbaum, both of Rapid City, Jim Birnbaum, Scottsdale, Ariz., Pat Birnbaum, Tacoma, Wash., and Terry Birnbaum, Chadron, Neb.  He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Birnbaum.

Services are pending in Seattle.  A memorial has been established.



The following article appeared in the Cobblers student newspaper, the Pine Needle News Monthly Magazine (Volume 57, No. 7), on May 22, 1979.
Graduate designs own announcements 
     “I don’t like pink,” commented senior Bruce Birnbaum, who designed his own personal graduation announcements. His reference was to the light shade of red used in the regular announcements.
     He chose gold parchment paper for his announcement with coordinating brown ink. The front displays, “Graduate 1979,” done creatively in round hand script with flowing lines surrounding the quote. 
     Inside is a short poem, “I remember yesterday, I love today, I am looking forward to tomorrow.” The left inside contains information inviting the reader to the commencement exercises.
     Bruce, a talented artist, designed his own announcements basically for the uniqueness and originality. However, it turned out creating his own had several other advantages. First it took only four days once the order was placed with the local printer until the time of delivery. Also the price of printing one hundred announcements and envelopes was only eighteen dollars.

May 24, 1979. Graduation Day.  Bruce with his mother.







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03/22/13 08:23 PM #1    

Mike Birnbaum (Bruce's Brother)

Today, March 22 would have been Bruce's birthday.  Bruce was the youngest of 6 boys.  His death so unexpected was one of the most tragic events in our families lives.  We always wonder what would have been if he had lived?


Bruce was very bright and had great potenial.  He was talented in many ways with his art work and his baking ability and creativity. They say you get over death but the family still thinks of him often. Still missing Bruce, his brother Mike.

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