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Ashby Taylor Harper ’39

Published in Oct. 14, 1992, issue

WHILE SWIMMING in an open water masters race off Greenwich, Conn., on July 11, Brud suffered a heart attack. He finished the race and won his event but died later in the Greenwich Hospital. Thus passed away our Class's best illround athlete, winner of nine varsity letters, and recipient of the prestigious Roper Trophy.

After earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals as a naval fighter pilot during WWII, Brud spent a lifetime in education, He served as director of American schools in Ecuador and Peru until 1953, later as headmaster of St. Louis Country Day School. In 1964, after a threeyear stint as director of the Peace Corps in Guatemala, he was appointed headmaster of Albuquerque Academy, a position he held for the next 20 years, during which he introduced coeducation, built a new campus and increased enrollment from 160 to 800 Students. He served as president of the Headmasters Assn. in 1981.

In retirement he took up longdistance swimming as a hobby and in 1982 became the oldest person ever (65) to swim the English Channel. Always a keen competitor, he ended his life not when he wanted, but certainly as he would have wantedwinning his last race. We shall miss our gallant, accomplished friend. To Madge, his wife of 48 years; sons Fred and David; his daughter Margery Reber; and his four grandchildren, we extend our condolences.

The Class of 1939

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