on his 87th birthday BRUCE PENNYBACKER 87, a retired teacher, died June 15 in Durham, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Mary; children Mindy (Don Wallace) Pennybacker Wallace and Robert (Lorraine Akiba) Pennybacker of Honolulu and son Mark (Ruth Ann Nicastri) Pennybacker of Bethesda, Md.; grandchildren Rory (Kaitlin) Wallace and Marianna and Matthew Pennybacker; sister Claire Wilson; nieces Jennifer Wilson and Kitti Arbitman; and nephew David Wilson. Born July 8, 1929 in Boston, Mass., Bruce grew up in New Jersey and Connecticut. As a philosophy major at Oberlin College he met Dolly Kang of Honolulu, a music major, and they married despite the disapproval of the college deans. Suspended for this, the couple went on to graduate from the University of Iowa and moved to Honolulu, where Bruce taught at Waipahu Elementary School. The marriage ended in divorce. While teaching English at a high school in Beacon, N.Y., he met and married Mary Forrestal. An avid fiction reader, jazz fan and slide trombonist, in his youth he studied trumpet with Doc Cheatham and heard Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie at jazz clubs on New York City's 52nd Street, which was, he said, "like going to heaven." Bruce's children express their love and gratitude to their father for teaching them the arts of listening and finding joy in simple things. At his request, there will be no service, but his ashes will be scattered in the waves off Ogunquit, Maine, where he enjoyed summering.
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