Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 5, 2021.
1930 - 2021
BRUCE JAMES BRENNAN 1930 - 2021 Died peacefully
at home on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
Bruce was born in Chicago, IL, on November 24, 1930, to
John Douglas Brennan and Margaret Loretta Barnes.
He had an older sister, named Patricia, who predeceased him in 2014.
Bruce's family moved to Washington, DC and he attended St. Ann's Academy. He
received a scholarship to Gonzaga College High School and graduated in 1949. After a
year at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts, he transferred to Georgetown University,
where he received an A.B. Degree in 1953. He continued his education at Georgetown
University School of Law, where he received his LL.B. Degree in 1959. Between college
and law school, Bruce joined the Navy, went to OCS in Rhode Island, and was assigned
duty as a navigator on a ship heading to French Indochina (now Viet Nam). He retired from
the Navy (active duty and reserve) in 1962 with the rank of Lt Commander.
After graduating from law school, Bruce worked at the FDA and the Federal Trade
Commission, and was in private practice for several years. In 1969 he became Senior
Vice President and General Counsel of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association
(PMA, now PhRMA), trade association for the research-based pharmaceutical industry,
and remained there until 1995.
Bruce went back to private practice until 2000. During that time he also served as
consultant to biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Bruce is survived by his wife Christine, and his six children, Teri, Douglas (Carole), Bruce
(Kathleen), Sheila, Tim (Liz), and Julie. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Alex, Matt,
Geoff, Chris, Bridget, Beth, Patrick, Matt, David, Meghan, Joe and Maggie; and nine
great-grandchildren, Abby, Rileigh, Andy, Ryan, Mia, Gigi, Matt, Lovelynne and Tsohar.
Bruce is also survived by his former wife, Mary Lou Geoghegan.
Bruce was a long-time member of the University Club of Washington and of Congressional
Country Club, where he spent many happy hours on the golf course and on the dance floor.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 520 Veirs Mills Road,
Rockville, MD 20852 on Saturday, February 13 at 11 AM.
Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
A celebration of Bruce's life will be held when it is safe to do so.
In lieu of flowers donations in Bruce's name may be made to Gonzaga College High
School, 19 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Please view and sign the family guest book at www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com