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David at the grave site of his great-great-great grandfather, Hermanus Brumbach, just outside Reading Pennsylvania.

The Flag and medalion indicate that Hermanus was a private in the Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Continental Army during the War for Independence. This photo was taken on Memorial Day, 1996. Attended the 1939 World's Fair in San Francisco

Delivered the Albuquerque Journal in Deming, NM as a child pre-WWII

Worked in the kitchen of the Batchelor's Officers Mess Hall at the Deming Army Air Field in the summer of 1944 at the age of 14.

Worked in The Deming Graphic print shop in the summer of 1945 at the age of 15. He ran presses, set type, cast mats and other tasks in the production area.

Worked as a Life-guard for four summers beginning the summer of 1946 in Deming and years later in Silver City at the St. Mary's pool one summer and at the College pool for two summers.

Worked repairing appliances, radios and electric motors at the Service Appliance Company in the summer of 1947 after graduation from high school.

Delivered bread and bakery goods for the Bowman Baking Company in Deming, NM on Sundays during his senior year in high school a (1946-47) and full time for six months in 1948

Was elected class president for his four years in high school

Was inducted into the National Honor Society in high School.

Was voted "most inspiring boy" in his senior class.

Lettered in football, basketball and track in high school. He was captain of the football team his junior and senior years.

He lettered in football and track in college. He was quarterback on offense and halfback on defense. He ran the quarter mile in track and anchored the one mile relay team.

Was elected class representative to the student council for his sophomore and junior years in college.

Was elected President of the Student Body for his senior year in college. His main accomplishment (according to him) during this tenure was bringing Woody Herman and band to the college for a formal dance. This was the first time anyone brought a "Big-Band" (as they were known in those days) to Silver City.

Mary and I still go Big-Band dancing every chance we get!

Was elected vice-president of the Letterman's Club in college.

Was inducted into the Blue Key National Honor Society in college.

Worked (laborer & timekeeper) for the Modern Construction Company (built a field house, industrial arts building, elementary school, and church) while in college.

Served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War
Taught in the Ordnance School at Aberdeen Proving Ground
Taught maintainence and repair of M-33 Radar and Computer System

Was elected to the Western New Mexico University's Education Hall of fame in May, 1994

Was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Regents of Western New Mexico University on January 1, 1997. The appointment was confirmed by the State Senate on Feb. 11, 1997. His six year term officially ended on January 1, 2003 but actually ended when his replacement was appointed on January 22, 2003.

Was elected Chairman of the WNMU Board of Regents, December, 1998, again in March, 1999, May 2000 and May 2001

Was appointed to the Board of the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation in May, 1999. His term expired on January 1, 2003

Was selected as a Distinguished Alumni Ambassador by the WNMU Alumni Association in September, 1997.

Was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Western New Mexico University on May 13, 2005, an award David cherishes with great love.

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