Alan Bruns, Reporter and Editor, on Oct. 21, 2009

Alan Martin Bruns, 82, a retired reporter and editor died Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at his home in Falls Run, Fredericksburg. He had been in hospice care since mid-September. His death was attributed to congestive heart failure.

He was born April 16, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, a son of the late Mary Bryan Bruns and John D. Bruns. Both Mary and John Bruns were originally from New Orleans and Alan had a deep affection for that city.

His real love was the newspaper business. A year out of the University of Virginia, he was jobless when a family friend suggested he try working as a reporter for the Charlottesville Progress, then a family-owned newspaper. Mr. Bruns said after a few days he knew he had found what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He was a demon two fingered typist, a dogged reporter, and a careful copy editor. He was avid at covering politics and government and in keeping meetings open to the public and on the record. He knew well the political rhythms of government and was fond of writing about them in columns set in an imaginary village in rural Virginia.

His newspaper career took him from The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he was city editor to the Richmond Times Dispatch and back to the Progress as a reporter and state editor and then to the Washington Star. After the Star closed in 1982, Mr. Bruns worked part time for the Washington Times. His last job was at the Congressional Record Index Office.

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