Robert D. Brigham '45

'Brig' Brigham, 92, entered the Chapter Eternal on September 27, 2014 at his home in Williamsburg, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma "Dickie" of 68 years and a daughter, Ann. He is survived by daughters, Barbara of Greenwich, Connecticut; Susan of Hellertown, Pennsylvania; sons Rob, and his wife, Anne, of Greensboro, Vermont; Wade and his wife, Mary of Hellertown, Pennsylvania and six grandchildren.

'Brig' grew up in Winnetka, Illinois and graduated from New Trier High School in 1940. He entered the V-12 program at Denison University where he was commissioned, later serving as a Communications Officer on an LST in the Pacific during WWII.

At Denison, he also was a proud member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and he remained a loyal member, maintaining an email presence with the Alumni Association well into his 90s. Brig followed in his brother's footsteps in more ways than one. As an honor to the wartime service of his older brother, Jack Brigham '42, Brig helped spark an effort among Mu Sigs of the 1940-46 era to restore and dedicate the Sig House Memory Room in Jack's and Bernie Wentis's honor. His effort resulted in drawing together fourteen Mu Sigs who served in WWII to raise funds needed for the "Brigham-Wentis" memory room project.

He met his wife Dickie at Denison University. They married in 1945. After the war, in 1946, he went to work for Exxon (Standard Oil, Esso) and stayed with that company until his retirement. His many interesting assignments started in Baltimore, then went on to personnel work in Boston, New York, Toronto and ended in 1983 when he retired as Corporate Secretary and Executive Development Coordinator of Exxon Chemical Company in Darien, Connecticut.

After retirement, Brig and Dickie moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia and spent 13 happy years there before moving to The Williamsburg Landing Retirement Community.

All honor to his name.

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