Brunner remembered for work ethic and friendliness

Texas Wesleyan University’s information technology vendor manager, Gary Brunner, died on Sunday.

University President Fredrick G. Slabach informed the campus of Brunner’s death in an e-mail on Wednesday. Slabach wrote that Brunner died “following a battle with cancer.”

Brunner worked at Wesleyan for fourteen years and managed the contracts between the university and IT businesses such as blackboard, said Marcus Kerr, associate vice president and chief information officer.

“He was always happy and cracking jokes,” said media and classroom technologist Chris Forbes.

Two things that stood out about Brunner were his work ethic and that he always took time for people, Kerr said.

“Gary also really enjoyed talking to people and getting a chance to sit down with others and getting to know them,” Kerr said.

Brunner was known for helping people, said Alma Kleckner, IT administrative assistant.

“If someone needed something he would be there for them,” Kleckner said. “Gary always put people first.”

Brunner’s position has been retired and his duties will now be distributed among several department directors, Kerr said.

Funeral information is pending.