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James Magruder Braun ’55

James Magruder Braun ’55, August 24, 2009, in Portland, from a cerebral hemorrhage, the result of an accident. Jim studied philosophy at Reed for four years and earned a degree in mathematics from Portland State University in 1980. He worked as a computer programmer for the city of Portland and for Multnomah County. Public remembrances focused on his insatiable curiosity, his inquiring mind, and his love of music. He was a gifted pianist, and his record collection was described as one of the largest, most eclectic on earth. Jim performed as a tenor with the Portland Symphonic Choir in the ’60s. From the early ’90s to the end of his life, he volunteered for KBOO radio in Portland as engineer, producer, and on-air host for everything from world beat music to classical and jazz. He coproduced a monthly Indian music show, Mandala, for over 10 years. Those remembering Jim identified him as a scholar; a gentle, kind soul; and a true humanist. Survivors include his nieces and nephews.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2010

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