This notion of him turning 90 struck me as odd because I suppose in year's past when this day would come and go I would think to myself that he passed too soon and wonder what it would be like if he were still here. But today two things struck me, first that I am old enough to have a grandfather that would have been 90 today and then second, that the era in which he lived and made all of his marks on the world is now passing away.
I should do due diligence to his life and give a full biography but for now I think I will just give a pictorial overview of his amazing life and attempt to write about what a wise, wonderful, honorable and amazing man he was in another post. But I must at lease say this for now...if the universe bestowed nothing more on me than the honor of being his granddaughter then that fact alone would make make just about the luckiest kid ever. I am not one prone towards fits of waxing poetic about how one person was better than all others but in Ernest J. Braun's case...I feel it is totally justified.
And now please enjoy a look into the life of the most awesome grandpa of all time!
|Neighbor Dorothy Kelley with my Grandpa Ernie in the|
middle, holding hands with his brother Lester Braun
Chicago, circa 1924
|Ernie Braun as a third grader at Gage Park Elementary|
School in Chicago, Illinois
|Ernie as a "Patrol Boy" or hall monitor at Gage Park|
|Ernie's high school yearbook picture|
|High School Senior Portrait|
|In the chemistry lab at Emmanuel Missionary College|
which would later become Andrews University in Berrien
Springs, Michigan around 1942
|June 12th, 1944|
Marriage to Dorothy Mae Govan
South Side SDA Church
Pictured left to right: Edmond Braun, Anna Braun
Ernie Braun, Dorothy Mae Govan, Esther and Matthew Govan
|Ernie & Dorothy's Christmas Card Photo|
|Ernest J. Braun, MD|
Graduation from the College of Medical Evangelists
now Loma Linda University, Class of 1949
|Ernie and Dorothy in the lab|
|Ernie, Dorth and daughters Lyndi and|
Jan and son Jimmy in 1960
|The good doctor on call...|
|In the Nuclear Medicine Department at|
White Memorial Medical Center.
|Grandpa as I knew him...|
Matt my cousin and myself in our 1980s Christmas onesies