The late Robert H. Brunell witnessed firsthand the devastation and loss that emerge from war as a U.S. Army soldier and interpreter who participated in the D-Day invasion, he saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and served on a reconstruction team in Paris. Following his military service during World War II, Brunell turned his life path toward education, earning a bachelor’s from Colby College and a master’s from Middlebury College, and conducting postgraduate studies at Syracuse University. He then went on to become one of the longest-serving teachers, not only at Cayuga Community College but also within the New York State University system, devoting 57 years to teaching before dying unexpectedly in 2004.
But his legacy of bridging communication gaps continues today through Cayuga’s Brunell Visiting Scholar in the Humanities program, established through an estate gift from the professor. This year’s Brunell Visiting Scholar — the world-renowned musician, humanitarian, and photographer Samite Mulondo — shares several experiences and traits of Brunell himself. Continue reading