WESTPORT, Conn. – Kenneth D. Brummel, a former Westport schools superintendent, died Dec. 29 in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 77.
Brummel was born in 1935 in Holland, Mich. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1957 and began his career as an English teacher in the Detroit school system.
In 1959, he received a master's degree in secondary education from Harvard and settled in Oak Park, Ill., where he taught English and eventually became assistant principal of Glenbrook South High School.
Brummel joined the Westport school system in 1964, when he was named principal of Bedford Junior High School. He served as superintendent for 12 years, working as a strong advocate for student achievement and educational advancement while setting high standards for teacher aptitude and preparedness, his family said.
Brummel received his doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College in 1979. After leaving Westport, he served as superintendent in Grosse Pointe, Mich., as well as Orange County and Lancaster, Calif.
He also volunteered in several organizations, including the Kiwanis Club and the National School Boards Association.
He retired from education in 1992 and was involved in small business in the Pasadena, Laguna Beach and Palm Springs areas since 1993. He was co-owner of Espresso on the Go!
Brummel is survived by his wife, Josephine Brummel; three children, Lisa, Beth and Peter; and four grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are private. A celebration of life will be held in Palm Springs at a later date.