Duncan A. Bruce
February 19, 1932 – November 22, 2019
Duncan A. Bruce 1932-2019
Having lived life to its very fullest, Duncan Archibald Bruce of New York City died peacefully at home, age 87 on Friday, November 22nd, 2019.
Duncan, also known by many as Donn, is survived by his loving companion of over 13 years, Kathrine Ockenden, his two devoted daughters Jennifer Bruce, and Elizabeth Bruce, his son-in-law of 32 years, Bernard Adnet, and his cherished grandsons, Felix and Theodore Adnet-Bruce.
The son of Archibald Duncan Bruce and Marian Colley Bruce, Duncan was born on February 19, 1932, in Pittsburgh, PA, the eldest of four; brothers Roger, James and sister, Christine who survives them. He graduated from Edgewood High School near Pittsburgh, class president and captain of the baseball team. In 1954, he graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Friars Senior Society, Alpha Tao Omega Fraternity and The Mask and Wig Club.
A true entrepreneur, Duncan ultimately retired in 2002 from a long-standing stock trading partnership. However, he considered his life work to be the discovery and dissemination of the achievements of the Scottish people. He authored and published three books, The Mark of the Scots, (1996) The Scottish 100 (2000) and The Great Scot (2004) and proudly contributed to Two Hundred Fifty Years; The History of St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, 1756-2006. His first book, The Mark of the Scots required no less than 25 years of tireless research.
Duncan had an uncommon enthusiasm for life and possessed an incredible ability to absorb and retain knowledge entitling him to nicknames like “The Sage” and “Professor” from those who knew him. His passions were almost too plentiful to list but included music, Peter Sellers and his Pink Panther Movies, literature, The New York Times, The Yankees and The Pittsburgh Pirates, Bassett’s ice cream, linguistics, golf, history, travel, wine, all things Pittsburgh, and all things Scottish. His greatest passion, however, was his family. Until the end, the sight of his grandchildren brought a smile to his lips and a sparkle to his eyes.
Having served as the 95th President of The Saint Andrew's Society NY, Duncan received many awards for his research and dedication to sharing the accomplishments of the Scottish people (Commendation award from the Scottish Parliament, Wallace award from the American Scottish Foundation, Scottish Heritage award from St. Andrew’s Society of New York, National Tartan Day award from Scottish Coalition, Ellis Island Medal of Honor from National Ethnic Coalition Org). He was also a proud member of a number of organizations including Britannia Lodge, Burns Society of New York, and American Scottish Foundation among others.
Through these last years and the hardships of Parkinson’s disease, Duncan’s faithful and dedicated home health aides, Olive Jaghai, Kim Wilson and Doreen Fusco tended to him tirelessly with the utmost care and love. Duncan’s family is forever grateful.
The family is holding a small graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery where Duncan will be buried beside his late-wife, Tamara.
- Graveside Service Saturday, November 30, 2019
Duncan A. Bruce
November 30, 2019
As president of Family of Bruce International, I want to express my individual, as well as our organization's condolences to Duncan's family at this time of grief and sadness. As Lord Elgin's personal representative in the US, Duncan was instrumental in helping create one of our predecessor groups, Bruce International in 1984. Duncan was the contact with Lord Elgin that helped the founders obtain Lord Elgin's acknowledgement, approval, and support for that organization. Bruce International later joined Family of Bruce Society to create our current organization, Family of Bruce International. We owe a great debt to Duncan for his help in making today's organization, which is the official organization for the name and family of Bruce, possible. Thank you Duncan. You were a true and loyal Scotsman, and you will be remembered fondly by all of us. May you rest in peace knowing all the good works that you did.
With sincere regards and respect,
Don Bruce, FSA Scot
President, Family of Bruce International