Gwendolyn M. "Gwen" Bruggman, volunteer, dies

Gwendolyn M. "Gwen" Bruggman, a homemaker and volunteer, died Aug. 9 from complications of a broken hip at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The Brightwood resident was 84.

The daughter of a businessman and a homemaker, the former Gwendolyn Medill was born in Baltimore and raised on Bolton Hill.

After graduating from Notre Dame Preparatory School in 1945, she attended Washington College for a year.

She was married in 1946 to G. Harry Bruggman, a manufacturers' representative, and lived for many years in Roland Park and Ruxton.

Mrs. Bruggman was a former board member of the Florence Crittenton Services and had served on the board of Family and Children Services.

She had been president of the board of Transitional Living Council, which helped those suffering from mental illness integrate into the community.

Interested in education, Mrs. Bruggman had been a member of the board of trustees and was a former president of the Parents' Association of Bryn Mawr School. She also had been a board member of the Brown Memorial School.

Other educational interests included serving on the board of the Valley Academy, which later merged with the Jemicy School. She also was a fundraiser for the Odyssey School.

Mrs. Bruggman enjoyed gathering friends and new acquaintances and entertaining them in her home at lunches or dinners.

"She loved people and making connections. She was in charge of getting speakers for the Roland Park Women's Club and in 1976 invited Alger Hiss to come and speak to the club's members," said a daughter, Ann B. Stieff of Brooklandville.

"She then hosted a gathering in her home that connected Hiss to his Baltimore relatives," she said.

Mrs. Bruggman was a member for 70 years of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Bruggman is survived by a son, Thomas M. Bruggman of Brooklandville; two other daughters, Carol B. Mitchell and Laurie B. Wingate, both of Ruxton; and 10 grandchildren.

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