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Dorothy W. Brunson

Inducted 1992

Dorothy W. Brunson says her claim to fame is that she has outlasted six Executive Secretary/Commissioners in her 48 years with the Florida High School Activities Association.

But whether as secretary or administrative assistant/office manager, Mrs. Brunson has been and still is the right-hand "man" for the FHSAA's chief executive officer, whether it be Lafayette Golden, Floyd E. Lay, Fred E. Rozelle, Ronald N. Davis, Bob Hughes or Dr. John Stewart.

Mrs. Brunson was born just three blocks from where the FHSAA Office used to stand in downtown Gainesville. She has spent her entire life in Gainesville and is a graduate of Gainesville High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and Junior Classical League.

Mrs. Brunson started doing odds-and-ends work for the FHSAA before she graduated from high school. Following her graduation, she was hired as a secretary on Aug. 16, 1943, working mornings for Gainesville High School principal F.W. Buchholz and afternoons for Executive Secretary Lafayette Golden at the FHSAA.

In 1955, her title was changed to administrative assistant/office manager and her duties expanded to include supervision of office workers, responsibility for publications, tax reports and, she says, "whatever else comes along."

Mrs. Brunson is Sunday School director at Carol Estates Baptist Church in Gainesville and has been a Sunday School teacher for many years.

She was married to the late Buford Brunson, and they have two daughters, three granddaughters and two great-grandsons.