Adding to the Culver legacy
December 20, 2018

John Brumback holding a photo of his great-grandfather David.

The Brumback family has a Culver legacy stretching back more than a century, including ties to one of the Gold Star men featured in the exhibit at the Crisp Visual Arts Center. The display is part of Culver’s continuing commemoration of ending of World War I.

John Brumback ’20 (Culver) is related Richard Reed (Class of 1908), who was killed in an airplane accident during World War I. Reed was the first cousin to brothers John (Class of 1910) and David (Class of 1911) Brumback. Along with the Gold Star exhibition, his name is also memorialized on the wall at the Legion Memorial Building.

Reed was married the same day he left for the service. David Brumback later married Reed’s widow, said David Brumback IV ’75, the father of current cadet John. He added that David would have graduated from Culver but was forced to withdraw due to illness.

Richard Reed portrait in the Gold Star exhibit

When John Brumback `20 passed his Culver branch insignia board, his parents presented him with a framed photo of his great-grandfather in his CMA uniform, which he keeps on his desk in the barrack.

The first Culver Brumback proper, John, was 1910 valedictorian. His son, the late Charles Brumback `46, continued the Culver legacy, serving as a trustee of the Culver Educational Foundation. Charles’ career included service as CEO of the Orlando Sentinel and Chicago Tribune, and he and his family established the John S. Brumback 1910 Endowed Scholarship at Culver in 1984.

The stories of Reed and the Brumback brothers clearly resonated with John, who referenced his great-grandfather David’s unfinished business at Culver in his own admissions application. John’s sister, Hannah, graduated in 2017.

And, 100 years later, the fourth generation of the family is among those paying tribute to the man who started the family’s Culver legacy.

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