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Dr. Robert F. Brunhouse, 64, retired research immunologist

Robert F. Brunhouse, PhD, a retired research immunologist, passed away June 5, 2013 after a long illness.

Dr. Brunhouse, a proud fourth generation Californian with ties to early San Francisco and to pioneers who traveled to the West via the Oregon Trail, was born May 15, 1949 in San Jose, CA to the late C. Edward Brunhouse, DDS and Margaret A. Brunhouse (nee Simmons), formerly of San Jose and currently a resident of Redding, CT.

Educated in his youth in San Jose, CA, Dr. Brunhouse was a member of the Willow Glen High School Class of 1967. In high school, he loved both his academic studies and athletics. He played Varsity football and was a member of the swim team, with which he set individual and contributed to relay team records.

Dr. Brunhouse received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in Zoology. He was awarded his doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University in Immunology. He completed postdoctoral research fellowships at Stanford University and The Johns Hopkins University.

As a graduate student, he taught several summers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI). He also did research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

He pursued a career as a research immunologist in private industry.  He had a long employment with Coulter Laboratories in the Miami, FL area and in biotech firms in California’s Santa Clara, Orange and San Diego counties. He also founded and later sold PanAb, a biotech firm. His work led to patents at both Coulter Laboratories and PanAB.

Dr. Brunhouse was married for 20 years to Judith Anne Brunhouse (nee Rice) who preceded him in death.

He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his love of literature and current events, his delight in music and dancing, his joy in socializing with friends, his devotion to his pets, and his loyalty to his family.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister Janet and her husband Thomas C. Himmelright of Ridgefield, his nephew Robert T. Himmelright, his niece Margaret I. Himmelright, many cousins, and many friends including John Polak, Jack Daiss, Tom Russell, and Happy the dog.

Arrangements are being made through Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield, CT.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Dr. Brunhouse’s memory to any community, hospice, educational institution, research project or support organization, such as the Alzheimer Association (www.alz.org), helping those suffering from dementia.

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