Longtime coach, athletic director, educator and vice president for college advancement Barron Bremner died Feb. 12. He was 75.
Bremner may be the only man to successfully bridge the great divide between athletic rivals Coe and Cornell—not once, but twice. During a 42-year career he had a positive effect on the lives of thousands of student-athletes at both schools.
Bremner first came to Cornell College in 1959, coached multiple sports and served two years as dean of men. In 1971 he left for Coe.
In 1978 he was back to Cornell as athletic director, wrestling coach, and assistant to the president. He began the job by personally moving 40 lockers from the Women’s Gym (now McWethy Hall) to the Fieldhouse to merge men’s and women’s athletics. In 1985 he was named vice president for institutional advancement and director of the $62 million Program for Cornell, which included the Small Multi-Sport Center.
In 1993 Bremner returned to Coe. He retired in 2001. Bremner’s combined coaching record at Coe and Cornell includes 18 conference titles in 23 years. In 1995, he was inducted into the Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bremner graduated from the University of Iowa in 1958. He was a member of the Hawkeye Rose Bowl football team and a heavyweight wrestler, and was elected to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, Ginne, and five children and their spouses, including Cornellians William Bremner ’87, Brenda Bremner Clark ’89 and husband Dr. Jeff Clark ’89, and Dr. Barron Bremner ’96.
Mary MacGregor ’45
Art and music connoisseur Mary K. MacGregor ’45 died May 16 in Mount Vernon, Iowa. She was 89.
MacGregor worked as curator of prints and drawings at the Joslyn Art Museum, then was professionally affiliated for many years in New York City with the Museum of Modern Art, the American Federation of Arts, and the galleries Associated American Artists, Jacques Seligman and Co., and the Weyhe Gallery. After her return to Iowa in 1980 she worked at the Print and Drawing Study Room at the University of Iowa Museum of Art. She held an MFA from Columbia University and collected and came to know personally many of the artists represented in the galleries and museums where she worked.
As the daughter of Dean of the College Jay B. MacGregor, she lived in Harlan House, then the home of Cornell’s Dean. Later in life she lived in the home her parents built across from Pauley-Rorem Hall.
She is survived by five nephews and nieces, including Cornellians John M. MacGregor ’67, Paul S. MacGregor ’71 and wife Barbara Martin MacGregor ’70, Laurie MacGregor ’74 and husband Guillermo Cuellar ’76, and great-niece Sarah MacGregor ’99.