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Tom Brunkow '61

Reverend Tom Brunkow was very successful as a DePauw student-athlete between 1957 and 1961, and that success continued in leadership roles as a United Methodist pastor and as a national champion tennis player over the next 50 years. One of the finest tennis players in DePauw University history, he was the number one singles and doubles player for each of his three years of varsity eligibility. He was undefeated in ICC competition in each of these years and was singles champion all three years. Brunkow was a member of Beta Theta Pi and graduated from DePauw in 1961 with a major in philosophy and religion. He earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale University and a Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. He served as a United Methodist Church pastor in the Maryland-Washington, D.C., area for more than 40 years, recently retiring as the senior pastor at the Woodside United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Md. He continues to teach courses at the Seminary and to mentor many students and new ministers. He has traveled with parishioners to Israel, the West Bank and Greece teams and has served on two international pastoral exchanges. Tom has stayed very active and competitive in the sport of tennis over the years. Tom and his son Ben were national champions in 2001 in the National Senior Father and Son Grass Courts and were ranked number one in the country; and Tom and his partner Bob Anderman won three of the four USTA National Championships in the 70 and over division last year. Tom is originally from Champaign, Illinois. His wife, Kathy Ault Brunkow, is a 1964 graduate of DePauw. Tom Brunkow was selected to the DePauw Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.