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Myron H. Swenk, "In Memoriam, Lawrence Bruner," from Nebraska Bird Review (April 1937) 5(2).


Copyright 1937, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


On January 30, 1937, at his home at 3033 Deakin Street in Berkeley, California, Lawrence Bruner, pioneer American economic entomologist and a world authority on grasshoppers and related insects (Orthoptera), as well as the person who more than any other individual was responsible for the organization of the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union, passed away after a severe illness of a few days that culminated a rather extended period of gradually declining health. It is difficult to epitomize any account of the life accomplishments of this man, because they were so many and varied, and perhaps for this purpose there may very well be quoted some very recently written words of Herbert Osborn, another pioneer of American entomologist who in age was just seventeen days Bruner’s junior.