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James N. Dornbush - Brookings: Feb. 16, 1928 – Nov. 23, 2012

Posted: Monday, Nov 26th, 2012

James N. Dornbush, 84, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at the Brookings hospital.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Brookings. Burial is in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to scholarships at the SDSU Civil Engineering Department or SDSU Athletic Department.

James Norman Dornbush was born Feb. 16, 1928, at Aberdeen to Isaac Henry and Beatrice (Yocum) Dornbush. He grew up and graduated from high school at Pollock. He received his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State College in 1949 and then taught for two years at State.

On Aug.7, 1952, Jim married Maxine Biggar in Brookings.

He served in the U.S. Army from July 18, 1952, until Sept. 7, 1953. He earned his master’s degree in public health and sanitary engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1959 and his doctorate in environmental and sanitary engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 1962. In 1964 the Dornbushes returned to Brookings where Jim was a professor in the Civil Engineering Department at SDSU.

He did extensive research and consultation in water pollution control and sanitary engineering.

Jim was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Rotary International, the Elks and several professional organizations.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Dornbush, of Brookings; two daughters,Denise Dornbush of Brookings and Renee (James) Wood of Destin, Fla.; a granddaughter; and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Louis, and a nephew, Daniel.

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