|Birth: ||Mar. 3, 1930|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 2003|
St. Louis City
Norma D. Brust, a former superintendent and principal in the St. Louis region, believed children of all backgrounds and learning abilities deserved a quality education.
"He did everything he could to make sure that that occurred and in the St. Louis Public Schools, that is not always easy to do," said David Learman, retired principal of Lexington Elementary School. "He took a personal interest in the students."
Dr. Brust died Wednesday, Jan 29, 2003, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital of a bacterial infection. He was 73 and lived in Affton, Mo.
Norman was born in Ottawa, Ill., he grew up in Joliet, Ill., where he helped his parents, Victor and Gladys (Rude), operate Brust Turkey Farm.
He enrolled at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and supported himself by working on Illinois River barges, driving school buses and training horses.
He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Northern Illinois.
While teaching sixth grade, in Plainfield, Ill., Norman met Judy Snook. They married in 1959.
Norman served as an elementary school principal in Downers Grove, Ill., while earning his Doctorate in Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
In 1965, Dr. Brust became assistant superintendent of the Webster Groves School District. He later held superintendent posts of schools in Action, Mass., and Mundelein, Ill.
Dr. Brust spent two years as superintendent of the Taipai American School in Taiwan. He developed a written curriculum for the school and helped prevent the school and property from being sold.
Dr. Brust later served administrative posts in Jacksonville, ILl., Virginia, Ill, and Fairfield, Iowa.
In 1983, he was named prinicpal of the Affton School District. When his contract was not renewed in 1987, he joined the St. Louis Public School District and spent almost 10 years as prinicpal of Garfield, Elementary School.
Dr. Bust later served as principal of Oak Hill Elementary School and held assistant positions in the district's office of research, evaluation and assessment and the office of systemic reform. He retired in 1999.
He learned to play the alto saxophone at 70 and performed with the Oasis Senior Band. He also volunteered at the St. Louis Science Center Planetarium.
He is survived by his wife, son, David; daughters, Jennifer, Cheryl, Katherine and Laura; sister, Marilyn; brother, Richard; and ten grandchildren.
Memorials: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd St. Louis, Mo. 63110.
The memorial service included:
Psalms 23 and 27
Hymns: NEARER MY GOD TO THEE; AMAZING GRACE
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: luann
Record added: Feb 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48660860
Added: Feb. 23, 2010