Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Passing of Rev. Dr. Harry Brobst

Harry Brobst
The Rev. Dr. Harry Brobst, longtime resident of Stillwater, died Jan. 13, 2010, in Joplin, Mo. He was born Feb. 11, 1909, in Wilmington, Del. His parents were Harry Walter and Cora Annie Kern Brobst.
He was married to Judith Sylvia Heideman, who died about 15 years ago.
He was a registered psychiatric nurse and received his B.A. from Brown and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Then, for 28 years he was a faculty member in the psychology department at OSU. His work involved measuring people and their responses. He did some testing of children for the public schools. Following his retirement from OSU, Harry obtained a master of divinity degree in 1977 at Phillips Seminary, located then in Enid.
He was ordained in 1977 by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Stillwater and served as minister for three years. At his death, he was the last surviving founding member of the church, which he helped organize in 1947.
Harry is survived by his cousins Penni Lee, Amy and William Fallow of Joplin, Mo.
He asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the UU Church and/or the Humane Society. His memorial service, which he requested to be called "A Gathering of Friends," will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the church. His ashes will be scattered.

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