FHSAA Legend Dorothy Brunson Passes away

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Florida High School Athletic Association mourns the loss of the legendary Dorothy Brunson, who passed away unexpectantly Sept. 15. She was 91.

Gainesville Sun Obituary

For 67 years, 10 months and 14 days, the Gainesville High School graduate graced the halls of the FHSAA. Starting with her first day of work on Aug. 16, 1943, the 1992 FHSAA Hall of Fame inductee worked with seven Commissioners/Executive Directors until her last day on June 30, 2011. As a result of holding just about every job in Gainesville as the longest-tenured FHSAA employee in history, Aug. 16 is known as "Dorothy Brunson Day."

When the FHSAA moved into its current location just west of I-75 in Gainesville in 2002, the FHSAA Board of Directors unanimously voted to name the new conference center after her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Buford, her two sisters and her two brothers. She leaves behind her three daughters: Martine Pelley of Hawthorne, Fla., Ruth Runyon (Jim) of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Melba Adams ( Jerry Shaw) of Gainesville.

Her service will be held at Country Crossroads Baptist Church, 11411 NW State Road 121, Gainesville, FL 32653, on Monday, September 19, at 11:00 a.m., with a visitation prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. Following the reception at the church, she will be interred at Forest Meadows East on Hawthorne Rd. in Gainesville. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361.