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Robert C. Brouse1,2

Male
b. 19 June 1913, d. 11 February 2004


Family Martha Ake b. 14 October 1913, d. 12 March 2001
Children  1. Susannah Brouse b. 4 Feb 1941
  2. Martha B. Brouse b. 29 Aug 1944, d. 7 Dec 2007

Birth* 19 June 1913  1,2 
Marriage* circa 1939  Principal=Martha Ake1 
SSN* 11 February 2004  Robert BROUSE
Birth Date: 19 Jun 1913
Death Date: 11 Feb 2004
Social Security Number: 299-03-9599
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Ohio
Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 33483
Localities: Delray Beach, Palm Beach, Florida2 
Death* 11 February 2004  Delray Beach, Palm Beach Co., FL2,1 
News/Obit* 12 February 2004  Obituary,
Robert C. Brouse

Robert C. Brouse died on Feb. 10, 2004, in Delray Beach, Fla.



Mr. Brouse was born in Akron and was in the sixth generation of Brouses living in the Western Reserve. He attended local schools and Ecole Francais in France. He graduated from Western Reserve Academy, Princeton University, and the University of Michigan Law School. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1938. Except for the years 1942 to 1946, during which he served as a naval officer with the Pacific fleet, his entire business career was spent with the law firm of Brouse and McDowell. During his active years he held numerous corporate directorships and charitable organization trusteeships. He served as either president or chairman of Phi Delta Phi (Kent Chapter), Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Western Reserve Academy, Akron Community Foundation, Permanent Federal Savings and Loan, Akron City Club, Portage Country Club, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, Akron Children's Hospital Foundation, and Brouse and McDowell.



Also during his active years, he was a biographee in "Who's Who in America," a member of the Mayflower Club (Akron), the Union Club (Cleveland), the SAR and in Florida, The Little Club, and the Delray Beach Club.



He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Martha Ake Brouse. He is survived by their two daughters, Mrs. John L. Feudner III, Mrs. Jerome J. Joondeph; four grandchildren, Jerome J. Joondeph Jr., Laura J. Stockslager, John Jefferson Feudner, and Catherine Feudner; and three great-grandchildren, Christine Lee, J. Barrett and Bryce Robert Stockslager. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Ray P. Dinsmore, who lives in Arizona.



There will be a private family interment of Mr. and Mrs. Brouse's ashes at Glendale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Western Reserve Academy, or your charity of choice. (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 330-867-4141.)



Please sign the guestbook at www.ohio.com/obituaries




Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - February 12, 2004 & February 13, 2004


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News/Obit 14 February 2004  Obituary,
ROBERT C. BROUSE RECALLED AS TRUE
GENTLEMAN'S LAWYER FIFTY YEARS OF PRACTICE IN

AKRON INCLUDED SPECIALTY IN PROBATE LAW

Robert C. Brouse was called the consummate gentleman's lawyer, a man who had served for many years as the senior and managing partner in the law firm Brouse McDowell, which was founded by his father.



Mr. Brouse, 90, died Tuesday in Delray Beach, Fla., where he had lived for 12 years.



Born in Akron, Mr. Brouse was among the sixth generation of Brouses living in the Western Reserve. He graduated from Western Reserve Academy, Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School.



Mr. Brouse was a lieutenant in the Navy from 1942 to 1946 and a radar officer in World War II.



"He was brilliant, independent and honest to a flaw," said daughter Martha Joondeph of Akron. "He was also stubborn, very organized, had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great dancer."



Mr. Brouse was active in his community. He had served as president or chairman of every board and organization he belonged to, including Akron Children's Hospital, Western Reserve Academy, Akron Community Foundation, Old Trail School, Akron City Club, Portage Country Club and the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation.



"He was a fine human being and a gentle person. He treated everyone fairly, young and old alike," said Karl Hay, who worked with Mr. Brouse and always looked up to him. "Nobody doubted his word. If he said the sun wasn't coming up tomorrow, I would have believed him. He was highly respected."



Mr. Brouse started out as a municipal prosecutor and an assistant police prosecutor with the city before joining the Navy.



When he left the service, he joined his father's firm.



During the 50 years he practiced law, he represented many corporations and developed a specialty in probate law.



"If you took things to Probate Court to file and he said that's the way something was, that's the way it was. His word was his bond," Hay said.



An article Mr. Brouse wrote on inter vivos trusts, which is a will for the living, is still followed in probate court in Summit County.



Family members said he could have been a journalist or a politician. He was editor of the school newspaper at Princeton, and turned down several offers to enter the political field.



"He'd just tell them, politics wasn't his strong point, or in his words, 'not my bailiwick,' " his daughter said. "Dad had pages of what we called Bobbinisms, named after him. His nickname by the grandkids is Bobbin."



She shared a few. A child was a "cute little snickle fritz," and "pecksniffy" was his term for snooty people.



"He was quite a character," she said.



But Mr. Brouse was remembered for a different type of character.



"Nowadays so many attorneys just want to sue and tear people's lives apart. They are more interested in fees and not service," Hay said. "Bob was like his father, Edwin W. Brouse. Both had a lot of integrity. Bob provided good service and did it in a quiet, efficient, effective way."



Mr. Brouse had an open-door policy.



"Young lawyers would often go into his office for counseling, to make sure they were handling things properly and to get his advice on matters. He always made time for you," Hay said. "We never had anything that was an embarrassment to the practice. He set an example that we all aspired to."



Mr. Brouse's son-in-law, Jerome Joondeph, also worked at Brouse McDowell for 10 years.



"My father-in-law was well-respected in the legal community. He was always fair, was a great moderator of disputes and a repository of information on old Akron, but mostly he was a good friend."



Services will be private.




Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - February 14, 2004


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