Bruce Alan Kirschner

Born: Sun., Jan. 27, 1952
Died: Wed., Feb. 8, 2012

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Bruce Alan Kirschner, passed away February 8, 2012 in LaGrange, IN.  He was born on January 27, 1952 in Gainesville, FL to Virginia and Frank Kirschner. He grew up in Auburn, La Grange and Kendallville, Indiana. Graduating High School from East Noble in 1970. He ran track and cross-country, and wrestled while at East Noble, earning 12 Athletic Letters. He went onto Purdue University graduating with a B.S. in Biology in 1974. He began his career in federal service in 1975 as a Soil Conservationist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Louisiana. His professional career included being a Biologist and Water Quality Specialist in Louisiana, Maryland, Illinois, and Michigan. He transferred to the U.S. State Department as an Environmental Scientist in 1989, under the International Joint Commission, which is responsible for the U.S./Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. He retired in December 2011, with almost 40 years of federal service. Over the years he was an avid hiker and backpacker, having spent many weeks in the back-country of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, with his Dad and oldest brother, Eric. Also, enjoyed going to the beach, on Lake Michigan, Gulf Coast and Caribbean. He has consumed several thousands of books over the years, on the beach and at home. His travels included, almost every State and Province, and St. Martin, Mexico, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland. He is survived by his wife; Anna, parents; Virginia and Frank, brothers; Eric, Dave , Ted and Lyn; parents-in-law George and Antonia Corro.   Private services will be held.  Memorials may be given to:   The Wildlife Society, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 200., Bethesda, MD 20814.  Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange, IN is assisting with arrangements.  

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Cindy Rowe Raney
   Posted Sun February 12, 2012
I am so terribly sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. We are out of town and unable to tell you that in person, but please know you are all in my heart and my prayers. Bruce was an exceptional friend and I will always have fond memories of him. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the entire family.


Ms Hampton
   Posted Mon February 13, 2012
My condolences to the Kirschner Family,

During this time of great sorrow, may it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. I too know the pain of losing someone dear. Even though our hearts are broken, rest assure that our Grand Creator cares about you personally (1 Peter 5:7) and can help you through this difficult time.
Revelation 21:4 says "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Soon God will do away with death forever, there will be no more sorrow, heartache, or pain. I hope this brings you a measure of comfort during this painful time.

Dick and Connie Miller
   Posted Tue February 14, 2012
So sorry to hear of your loss, Ted and family. We pray for comfort.
Dick and Connie Miller, Pretty Lake neighbors

Conrad deBarros
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
To the Kirschners,

It is with shock and sadness that I receive the news of Bruce''s passing.

I first met Bruce in 2000 when working on a Great Lakes clean-up project in the St. Lawrence River. Bruce’s warm, honest and opener manner led to both a professional and friendly relationship. Over the years Bruce invited me to speak at several conference sessions he chaired. We conversed from time to time throughout the short time I new him and met for lunch often when I was in Windsor on business. We both sought each out others opinion on various Great Lakes issues. I recently talked to Bruce in early December 2011 regarding work in the Windsor/Detroit River area and he mentioned he was retiring.

I have always had the utmost respect for Bruce. I told him upon his retirement he would be surely missed by the Great Lakes community – he touched so many through the course of his work.

My condolences to the entire Kirschner family.

Conrad deBarros
Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Dan McCain
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
I am so saddened with the loss of Bruce. Knowing many of the Kirschner "boys" and their parents has been a positive part of my life. I got to know Frank first when I transferred to Fort Wayne with Soil Conservation Service.
Frank took me to the family home a couple times and Bruce I believe was a Senior in High School while Lyn was a little younger. I got to know Lyn more through the years we worked at the Conservation Technology Information Center. It was through this connection with CTIC that I got to know Bruce professionally and then as a friend. I went to Windsor several times for meetings associated with the IJC where Bruce worked.
I will miss my friend and my heart goes out to the Kirschner family and Anna. May God be with you thorough these difficult times.

Dan Towery
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
So sorry to hear about Bruce. Although I only met Bruce a couple of times, his work to protect the Great Lakes was commendable. My connection with the Kirschner family was through Lyn, with whom I worked for 10 years at Conservation Technology Information Center in W. Lafayette. My condolences to Lyn and the Kirschner family.

Karen Vigmostad
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
I am deeply sorry about Bruce's passing. He worked for me for the four years I was director of the IJC's Great Lakes Regional Office. He was my right-hand man, I depended on him for so very, very much. He was a sterling worker, accomplishing more than humanly possible it seemed, and never a complaint nor harsh word about anyone or anything. He was so very dear, such a fine person, and a great scientist, too. Completely trustworthy, such integrity. The world will be a poorer place without Bruce Kirschner and I will never forget him.
Karen Vigmostad

Bob Ball
   Posted Mon February 20, 2012
Lyn and Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of Bruce. You have my sympathy and prayers in this time of pain and suffering. He obviously was so well respected and liked by all. Bruce will be missed, but his work and accomplishments will carry on and honor his memory for years to come.

John Braden
   Posted Thu September 06, 2012
It was my honor and pleasure to work with Bruce while a member of the IJC''s Science Advisory Board. Bruce was a man of integrity, excellent judgment, and quiet effectiveness. He was my go-to friend on the staff. Having heard today of tomorrow''s signing of the revised Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, my first impulse was to congratulate Bruce. With sorrow, I now realize Bruce won''t receive my good wishes in person.

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