Himes, made an attempt in early 1954, to bring about a separation of
college and high school programs. However, due to the statewide
referendum concerning the fate of all junior colleges, the proposal
was all but forgotten. Arthur F. Bruhn became President of Dixie
College in 1954, after Dr. Himes accepted the position of Dean of
Students at Utah State University in Logan. President Bruhn had
come to Dixie in 1948 and taught Geology and Botany in the Science
Department until his appointment as President.
Bruhn was born in Parowan, Utah in 1916, and grew up in that area.
He attended the University of Utah for three years and then went to
BYU and in 1940 received his BA and in 1946 received MA.
In the early
years of his educational career he taught at Cedar Junior High,
Parowan High School and served as Principal at Cannonville
Elementary in Garfield County, before coming to Dixie.
He had a great
love for the scenic beauty of the Southern Utah area and during the
summer months he worked as a park ranger for the National Parks
Service at Zion National Park and Cedar National Monument. He was a
fine photographer and writer and took the pictures for and authored
the book, "Southern Utah's Land and Color".
"Confederate" describes President Bruhn as Southern “Utah's Man of
the Decade, whose untiring efforts are a standard among men. Loved
by faculty and students alike, his dreams today are Dixie’s
In his message to the students of Dixie, in the 1962 yearbook,
President Bruhn said: "This was a year of retrospect, when as an
institution we expressed our gratitude to all those who made our
50th anniversary possible. It was also a year in which we stood
upon solid foundations, which they laid and looked optimistically
ahead to the newness of tomorrow. In our gratitude and in our
optimism, it is also important that we have been fully aware of the
golden moments of each day. From the standpoint of each of you, the
equipment, the buildings, and the teachers were important only when
you used your time here in activities which made you a better person
... These are the truly golden days. If there have been enough of
them, the year has been a golden one, not just for the College ...
it has also been a golden one for you."
more devoted President was not known at Dixie. Under his direction,
Dixiana was finished and ready for inspection by Governor J. Bracken
Lee, who had come down to inform President Bruhn that Dixie Junior
College doors would have to be closed. After the inspection and
learning that Dixiana had been constructed entirely from community
funding, and with no dollars from the State, the Governor said, "If
this community wants Dixie Junior College that badly, they should
Bruhn fought to retain Dixie Junior College as a State institution
of higher learning and presented deeds to the new campus to Governor
Garner of the Music Department remembers President Bruhn in this
way: "Arthur Bruhn saved Dixie Junior College. If it hadn't been
for his presidency we wouldn't have a Dixie Junior College today.
"He was the
one, along with several others in the community, who had the
foresight to recognize that we had to build a new campus, and
through his efforts, the community was organized and influence felt
to put together the powers that were necessary for the state to keep
funding Dixie Junior College and keep it functioning.
Bruhn had a dream about the way the campus should be built. When he
died we had the Gymnasium, the Fine Arts Center, the Science
Building and the Library. That dream was on the way to becoming a
Woodbury, Professor Emeritus of Biology remembers President Bruhn as
"one of the finest teachers. The students liked him, he was a hard
teacher but was enthusiastic and I really enjoyed him as a teacher."
Parkinson recalls President Bruhn as a "tremendous teacher who had
been on the faculty when he was made President. A lot of growth on
the new campus took place during his presidency.
"He was very
interested in what was happening in Nevada with nuclear testing and
fallout and would take students out to observe," Mrs. Parkinson
In late 1963,
President Bruhn was diagnosed as having leukemia and after six
months of struggling and fighting the disease, he passed away on
July 5, 1964.
The Salt Lake
Tribune, in an editorial on July 8th, made this tribute to President
Bruhn: "President Bruhn's finest monument is Dixie Junior College at
St. George which he headed for nearly a decade in preference to
teaching opportunities at larger schools. Progress at the College,
still in the process of moving to a new campus, reflects the
fighting spirit of its president. After assuming administrative
work, he continued to teach classes in Geology and Botany and to
crusade for preserving the natural
wonders of the
country, especially his beloved Southern Utah.
at Dixie Junior College has decided to plant a memorial grove in
his name on the new campus. This is most appropriate. We hope
other groups and individuals will continue his good works."
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