Kenneth A. Bruffee

September 1, 1934January 20, 2019

Kenneth A. Bruffee was born on September 1, 1934 and passed away on January 20, 2019.


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Kenneth A. Bruffee

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Jack Anderson

February 12, 2019

It was with surprise and sadness that I learned of Ken's death. He was someone I first encountered at Northwestern, where we became close friends. In recent years, we saw each other very rarely, but it was always good to know he was around. He was a fine person and a wonderful friend. I send my best wishes to all members of his family.
Jack Anderson

Linda Maria Grasso

February 4, 2019

Ken Bruffee has a special place in my heart and I will always be grateful for all the gifts he gave me, which are as meaningful to me now as they were then. Ken was a wonderful mentor who played an important role in my intellectual development and career. I was lucky enough to study with him in an honors seminar on modernism in the early 1980s. Then in my early twenties, I was just returning to college. An inspirational teacher and lovely human being, Ken encouraged me, bolstered my confidence, and even recommended a paper I wrote for another class (!) for a prize, which it won. Throughout graduate school and my first teaching job, I used his collaborative learning pedagogical techniques, which I continue to use to this day. To all those who loved him and whose lives he enriched, please accept my sympathy. I hope that it can be of some comfort to you to know his ideas and spirit live on in my classroom and many others. Linda Maria Grasso, York College, CUNY