Dr. Bruno Vassel, age 83, passed away March 19, 1992, in Sandy, Utah, after a long period of physical difficulties.
He was born October 17, 1908 in Allahabad, India, the son of German parents, Bruno Vassel and Elisabeth Leist. At age 6, his mother took him to Germany to visit family. While in Germany, World War I broke out; his father was placed into a civilian prison in India and the family was not reunited in Germany until after the war. In 1922 he and his family moved to Brazil. At age 18, in 1927, he immigrated to the U.S.A., entering through Ellis Island. A self-made man, he worked at odd jobs, learned English, got a scholarship to Yale University and received his Doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan. For almost 40 years he was a research scientist with several corporations, including Johnson and Johnson, where he was Director of Research in Brazil for 15 years. A swimming accident in 1963 paralized him. He endured the ongoing pain and physical challenges with a positive attitude and rare sense of humor, setting an example of courage and determination for all who knew him. He married Mary Erety Elmer, of New York City and a graduate of Smith College, his devoted wife of 55 years, on September 6, 1936 on Martha's Vineyard at her summer home.He is survived by his loving wife, Mary, of Sandy; two daughters, Mary Erety Hill, Provo; Elisabeth and Darian Andersen, Oklahoma City; and a son, Bruno III and Cari Vassel, Sandy; also his brother, Dieter and Lottie Vassel, Sao Paulo, Brazil; 21 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 23, 1992, 2:30 p.m. in the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary Chapel, 10600 South 1700 East, where friends may call Sunday 6-7:30 p.m. and Monday one-half hour prior to the service. Interment Larkin Sunset Gardens.
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