Thomas Richard Bruther
Thomas Richard Bruther

June 9, 1944 - August 7, 2017
Born in Maryland
Resided in Baltimore, MD


Thomas Richard (Dick) Bruther, 73, Annapolis, MD., passed away quietly following complications from a stroke and fall in March 2016. He was predeceased by his parents and older brother, all of Annapolis: Frank P. Bruther, (1973), Anne Quirk Bruther (2008), and Dr. William F Bruther, (2010).

Born in Trenton, NJ, June 9, 1944, Dick came to Annapolis, with his family at a very young age, and considered himself a “Native Annapolitan”. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1962. While at St. Mary’s, he developed a passion for lacrosse, even winning an “Unsung Hero Award” as an accomplished attack man. Dick also played on the varsity basketball team. He also played Little League baseball for St. Mary’s where his father served as a coach.

Dick graduated from Loyola College with a degree in economics in 1967 after attending Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg. He volunteered for service in the U.S. Army following graduation and endured basic training, as “the old man” at Fort Dix and Fort Benning. He served in combat as an infantryman in Viet Nam with the 28th Infantry Regiment, receiving a Bronze Star Medal. He safely returned home July 20, 1969.

After service in Vietnam, Dick received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in June, 1973. He worked at various positions in Annapolis and out West (where his heart was), specializing in Real Property. From 1983 to 2015, he resided in Annapolis, working as a free-lance property researcher and tavern philosopher…often drawing on his love of music, using phrases such as, “Down To Seeds and Stems Again,” by Commander Cody. His sister thought of him as a “barstool philosopher” and thought of him every time she heard the Styx song, “Too Much Time On My Hands”. Dick had an early love of Soul Music introducing friends to the great sounds of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s of James Brown (whom he met at Carr’s Beach), Wilson Pickett and others.

Surviving Dick are his sister, Mary Anne Beasten, of Birdsboro, PA; nephews, R. Scott Bruther, Odenton, MD., Andrew David Beasten of East Rochester, N.Y.; nieces, Susan D. Raum, Owings Mills, MD., Dr. Amy Elizabeth Beasten, Waxhaw, N.C; several cousins, aunts and uncles; great niece and nephew Kyle S. Bruther, Odenton, and Natalie R. Raum, Owings Mill.

Dick will be interred in the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery next to his brother, Bill on August 23 at 10:45 a.m.



Maryland Veteran's Cemetery Chapel
1122 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD US 21032
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
10:45 AM