Dr. Bruno Bromke, an active and long-time member of the Eastern Pennsylvania ASM branch and the National ASM, died at the age of 58 at his home on July 25, 2003.

Dr. Bromke received his undergraduate education at LaSalle College, and earned his Ph.D. in microbiology fromHahnemann Medical College in 1977.  Following a postdoctoral at Temple University Medical School, he joined the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as an Instructor in 1980, and achieved the rank of Professor in 1995.  During his career, he was an active member of the Microbiology Department, and played a major role in the medical and graduate instructional programs of the College.

He was responsible for the creation of an innovative series of audiovisual programs illuminating basic microbiology – clinical correlations. These have since been used in other institutions.  Elucidating the mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis was his long-term research focus. These studies resulted in numerous publications and presentations at local and national meetings.

Dr. Bromke was an enthusiastic and active member of the branch, and served on the Symposium Committee for several years.  He was a member of Sigma Xl Fraternity, and also a member of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America.  Members of the branch, as well as the entire microbiology community, will miss his contributions to our profession.

His wife Dolores, daughters Janice Guidry and Cheryl Brown, and stepsons Michael Moffa, Jr. and William Moffa survive him, as well as two sisters, Dorothy Bruzek and Frances Werner, and one brother Eugene Bromke.

Walter Ceglowski, PhD, Chairman emeritis, PCOM
Henry Beilstein, PhD