Klaus Brunnemann, board member and research scientist

Klaus D. Brunnemann, a longtime member of the Friends Of Music Concerts board and noted scientist, passed away on June 21.

Klaus’ love of classical music was apparent in his role on the Friends of Music program committee where his high musical standards and taste were evident in all the concerts presented.  He also had a major role backstage in ensuring the success of the concerts presented in Westchester for many years. As the arrangement chair, Klaus made sure everything was in order for the musicians on the night of the concert.

He was one of the longest serving members of the board, having joined in 1986.

Klaus was a chemist with a keen interest in bioactive compounds as they relate to health. He spent over 30 years at the American Health Foundation analyzing carcinogens in tobacco smoke and chewing tobacco; his research there resulted in over 100 scientific publications. He then went on to New York Medical College and spent the next 15 years in the Department of Pathology where he studied the damaging potential of environmental agents to DNA. His findings were published in numerous scientific journals.

Klaus was born in 1940. He grew up in Berlin, Germany and lived in South Africa and Switzerland, before settling in Briarcliff Manor where he lived with his wife Marie-Ange for the last 40 years.

The family asks that donations be made to Friends Of Music Concerts in Klaus’s name.

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