In Memoriam for Bruce Dew

  • Bruce Dew (WHF 1980-81): 1951-2016

    Bruce Dew, a member of the White House Fellows Class of 1980-81,┬ápassed away August 2016. Below are words of some of Bruce’s classmates, and his obituary.

    Joan Abrahamson: Bruce Dew was a quiet and mysterious member of our class–probably because he was assigned to the CIA before any of us got to know him very well! He was asked to live near Langley, and wasn’t able to attend many of our educational sessions. Hearing that he has passed away so soon is terribly sad and troubling. With the rest of my classmates I send my thoughts, love and prayers to him in the mysterious beyond.

    Jane Bradley: Bruce had a quick wit — always smiling — and was a quiet, thoughtful presence in our class. I join my classmates in extending our heartfelt condolences to his family.

    Earl Walker: The loss of Bruce Dew truly saddens me. Bruce was such a gentle, caring soul. He had an engaging and contagious sense of humor. I lost track of him after our Fellowship year, but from his biography, it is clear he cared for and sustained others in the finest traditions of our 1980-1981 Class and ll Fellows.

    Bruce’s obituary, written by his family, follows:

    Bruce Gregory Dew died August 17, 2016, at his home, surrounded by family and friends, after years of declining health. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, on August 29, 1951, he was 65 years old. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert L Dew and Mary Hotchkiss Dew; his grandmother, Elise Bouknight Jackson; his adopted son, Bruce G. Dew; his sister, Janice Dew Reynolds; and his brothers, John W. Dew, and Franklyn H. Dew. Surviving him are a brother, Ewin D. Dew and his sister-in-law, Margie Dew, who assisted him greatly as his health declined. Bruce had numerous nieces and nephews: Edwin D. Dew II, Toni M Dew, Pamela Dew, Aly D’Onofrio, Preston Mains, Jennifer Dew Royal, John W. Dew II, Jennifer Reynolds, Melony Reynolds; and aunts, Sandra Feldman and Darnell Wall. He is also survived by his uncle, Joseph Hotchkiss. Eddie, Toni, Aly and Preston were four children Bruce loved and treated as if they were his own. Bruce was educated in the public schools of Aiken County. He received an Associate in Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, Aiken Regional Campus; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences, Cum Laude, from the University of South Carolina, in Columbia; a Diploma in Comparative Political and Economic Systems, from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.; and a Juris Doctor degree, Cum Laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Bruce worked until his health declined. He was a Social Worker and Manager of Welfare Services for the Salvation Army, Aiken SC. He was a Research Assistant, U.S. Government and United Nations Documents, University of South Carolina Columbia, S.C.; a private investigator for Hugh Roberts Investigations of Columbia; the managing partner in the Law Firm of Turnipseed Dew and Westbrook, in West Columbia SC; a Judge of the Fifth Magisterial District, Lexington County, South Carolina; and a Special Assistant to the Director, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, while serving as a Whit Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, while serving as a White House Fellow. Bruce was also the Director, Division of Public Safely Programs, Office of the Governor, Columbia SC. He was a partner in the firm of Turnipseed Bogan and Dew in Columbia and a partner with Tom Turnipseed in the Firm of Turnipseed Dew and Associates of Columbia. After leaving the partnership he continued to practice law as a solo practitioner until his retirement. His many honors and awards include: Member of Omicron Delta Kappa, National Honorary Leadership Society; Wig and Robe, Honorary Scholastic Legal Society, University of South Carolina, School of Law. He received a Michael Mongo Scholarship, University of South Carolina, School of Law; and a Strom Thurmond Scholarship, University of South Carolina. Bruce was proud to be selected a White House Fellow, and was assigned as Special Assistant to the Director, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C. Before retiring from the Bar, he was a member of the Lexington and Richland County Bars; the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, now known as the American Association of Justice; the American Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar, Throughout his legal career, Bruce was an advocate for the injured workers that he represented on Workers’ Compensation Claims. He was a pioneer and active practitioner in the field of Occupational Diseases. He worked with Dr. Arend Bouhuys, an internationally known epidemiologist; lectured on the subject and published the first legal article in South Carolina on the subject of Byssinosis litigation (Brown Lung). He had a soft place in his heart for anyone who needed help. Over the years, he helped hundreds of people who were down on their luck and needed a helping hand.

    posted: January 31, 2017
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