Jean Bruns, first bureau chief in Charlottesville for the Times-Dispatch

Jean Bruns

Jean Graham Randolph Bruns, who served as the first bureau chief in Charlottesville for The Richmond Times-Dispatch, died Dec. 31 at her home in Warm Springs, Va. She was 86.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but her family moved to Virginia during the Great Depression. After finishing Sweet Briar College, where Bruns edited the college newspaper,
she went to work as a general assignment reporter at the Daily Progress in Charlottesville before she was hired by the Times-Dispatch.

In 1961, she became the first public relations director at the University of Virginia School Medical Center. She was also a civil rights activist in the 1960s and took part in civil rights activities.

A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Bluegrass, Virginia, on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Bath County Historical Society, P.O. Box 212,
Warm Springs, VA 24484 or the American Civil Liberties Union (

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