Bruce died suddenly of a heart attack Mar. 31, 2002. His life was a tapestry of global policy work and wide-ranging personal interests, reflecting his boundless sense of independence and his loyalty to, and enjoyment of, his friends. At Princeton Bruce balanced scholarship, varsity crew, and numerous creative pursuits. Fluent in Japanese and Mandarin, he became a Princeton-in-Asia fellow in Singapore prior to graduate study at Cornell U. and a Fulbright in Japan.
Bruce spent 15 years with the International Food Policy Research Institute, helping developing countries adapt policies and technology to improve health and nutrition. A highlight was project leadership in pre-Tiananmen China, during the days of China's openness to foreign cooperation on policy reform. In 1995 Bruce joined Jeff Braswell '70 at Risk Management Technologies, developing innovative software for Sumitomo Bank and other major Japanese corporations.
The first Tiger lightweight to win a World Rowing Championships gold medal in 1970, he medalled again in 1976, and coached in 1979. A devoted Hash House Harrier, he loved hiking, cycling, and running. He was an endlessly colorful world traveler. Above all, Bruce worked to keep ties of friendship strong over the years. Pallbearers included classmates Feldmeier, Crowley, Edinger, Braswell, Gaynor, Walter, and Steitler. The class extends its sympathies to Bruce's mother, Kay Stone, and partner, Julie Witcover.
The Class of 1970