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Edward Stehman Brubaker

Edward Stehman


Edward Stehman Brubaker passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at home. Edward was born on August 22, 1924, to Owen and Leah Marian Brubaker, in Lancaster County, Pa. He was married to his love, Mary Buckner, on September 28, 1968 at the Franklin and Marshall College chapel. Edward also served in the U.S. Army, serving in the Second World War, the Phillipines Theater and Japan occupation. Upon returning from his tours, Edward was a Professor of English and Drama for 36 years at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa. where he was the head of the English and Drama department. The family drove back and forth, from Pennsylvania to Ashland, during the summers so that Ed could direct at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He was also the Director of the Institute of Renaissance Studies until 1988 and taught "Wake up with Shakespeare" for many years. In 1985, Edward and Mary made Ashland, Ore., their permanent home.

Edward was an active member and lector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ashland.

He loved hiking and sharing his love of hiking with all as a member of the Trinity Trekkers. A voracious reader and writer; Edward authored the books, "Shakespeare Aloud," "Golden Fire," and "Shakespeare, A life in Seven Chapters."

Edward is survived by his wife, Mary Brubaker; daughter, Jenny Black; grandson, Roger Royle; and great-grandson, Kai Royle. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, David; older sister, Marian; and younger brother, Howard.

There will be a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2009, at the Trinity Episcopal Church Ashland, with Reverand Anne K. Bartlett officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland or Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Edward Stehman Brubaker